Volkswagen Jetta 1.8T Returns In 2014
Members of Generation Why will fondly remember the Volkswagen 1.8T powered Golfs and Jettas of the early 2000’s – or if they don’t, they probably knew someone who swore that the turbocharged Volkswagen mill was a gift from Our Lord and Savior Herr Schmaus himself. Yes, it was plagued with ignition issues and a rather unsophisticated character, but you could chip it, broooo (as one Golf MKIV owner so eloquently put it).
Autoblog got to sit down with Rainer Michel, Vice President of Product Marketing & Strategy for Volkswagen of America, who confirmed the engine changeover. The 1.8T will be replacing the 2.5L 5-cylinder, bought by many but loved by (almost) none. The new 1.8T has nothing in common with the MKIV motor. It is based on the existing 2.0T engine, and make 158 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque. It’s only a matter of time before there’s a Stateside ECU reflash…
Volkswagen Jetta 1.8T Returns In 2014 ... and I should care why? OK, maybe if you own it until the warranty is up. If you still lust after Euro cars, I hope you have lots of money and patience. OBTW, I do own one. And I don't have an unlimited bank account or patience. What in the world was I thinking?
why would this be any worse than the gm/ford/chrysler turbo fours here and coming? do they have DI? that could be an issue otherwise the 1.4 turbo fours in Europe seem to be fine (but they are port injected i believe) granted they have driveability issues when pushing around 3,000lbs and they only do 120hp 150lb/ft but you can't beat physics
This is probably a good time to introduce this engine; the Cruze with the 1.4 is selling well, and Dodge is introducing two turbos in the Dart. Is the 2.0L 115hp trilobite still going to be the base Jetta engine? I would love to see a thorough comparison of fuel economy, acceleration, drivability, and subjective enjoyment of a 2013 Jetta with the 2.5 and a 2014 with the new turbo.
I thought the the fact that the current (TSI) version of the 2.0L turbo engine (rated 200/207) usually makes about 205 hp and 215 lb/ft of torque AT THE WHEELS on a Dynojet was about the worse-kept secret in the automotive world. Guess not.