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2017 Volkswagen Jetta: Wait, There’s A Hybrid?!

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When people speak about getting one of the more popular compact cars in the market, they very rarely refer to the Volkswagen Jetta. So it’s pretty much expected that if it had a hybrid, not many would notice.

People do now, given the announcement that the German automaker is pulling the plug off of its life support. Well it’s too late anyway.

Hybrids that are lookalikes to the standard fully gas-powered vehicles don’t get a lot of attention, which is why nameplates like the Toyota Camry and Honda Civic have jettisoned their hybrid variants.

One notable exception to that rule for 2017 is the Honda Accord, and the Toyota RAV4 for 2016. But it doesn’t really apply for the latter because it’s a crossover – everyone pays too much attention to crossovers these days.

In any case, the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid lived a short anonymous life, powered by a 1.4L turbo-four engine aided by a 1.1kWh battery that together churned out 170hp and 184lb-ft torque. Its fuel economy stood at 45mpg combined.