New York 2013: U.S. Spec VW Golf Debuts With Three Turbocharged Engines, 1.8T Returns

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
new york 2013 u s spec vw golf debuts with three turbocharged engines 1 8t returns

The MQB invasion is here, and we no longer have to deal with the awful 2.5L 5-cylinder engine. Three engines will be available on the MK7 Golf. A 1.8T 4-cylinder making 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, the familiar 2.0TDI (silver car) and of course, the 2.0T gasoline motor in the GTI.

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  • Tuscreen-auto Tuscreen-auto on Mar 27, 2013

    The well-known VW longevity, now with complexity- increasing and pressure-rising Turbos! Well, what could possibly go wrong.

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    • Brian P Brian P on Mar 27, 2013

      We've had a number of turbocharged VWs in the family, both gasoline and diesel, and the turbo has never been an issue.

  • Cabriolet Cabriolet on Mar 27, 2013

    Glad to see some of the VW hate log on. My Mother in Law purchased a 2011 VW Jetta with the old 8V and automatic. $16900.00 out the door. Not a bad ride. She looked at a Toyota Corolla before buying the VW but liked the Jetta better. The interior is plain but she is very happy with it. The car even comes with a spare tire for that price. Over the years i had a few 8V VW's and found them good but slow drivers. Of course they were all manual transmissions. Got great service from those engines. My wife and i both have 2011 gti with DSG transmissions and both are fun cars. Love the pickup when passing on the highway. Gas mileage on the highway is 32-33 MPH if i keep my foot out of the turbo.

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    • Krhodes1 Krhodes1 on Mar 29, 2013

      @th009 Push the Sport button...

  • Fordson Fordson on Mar 28, 2013

    I had a 2000 Passat wagon with the 1.8T with the 5-speed Tip. Replaced the timing belt at 100,000 miles. Replaced the Kombi valve twice and the secondary air injection pump once. No other issues with that engine. I used 0W40 Mobil 1 and changed it at 5,000 mile intervals. When I traded it in it was 10 years old and had 162,000 miles on it. It was still powerful, had no sludge, used no oil, and was averaging 28 mpg.

  • Aaron12345 Aaron12345 on Feb 08, 2014

    Thank god. If the 2.5 was a 4 cylinder instead of a 5 it would have gotten much better gas mileage. Many other manufacturers make 2.5 liter inline 4s that have better mileage. Having that extra cylinder was useless and it just used more gas.