Re: 2014 VW Jetta - Upgraded interior and new engine
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VW will be dropping the 2.5-liter five-cylinder in favor of a 1.8-liter turbocharged, direct injected four, as was rumored. This is the same 1.8 TSI engine with 158 horsepower and 185 pound feet of torque found in the European Passat and CC.
So the engine goes from obsolete to mildly unimpressive.
158 horsepower is pretty awful for an engine that has both direct injection and the added complexity of a turbocharger. Sure, the torque is nice off the line, but this really looks like it will run out of steam quickly. By comparison, the current 2.5L engine makes 170 HP and 177 lb-ft of torque (granted this is probably higher in the RPM range).
If Honda put an engine like this into the Civic, I'd say things would go from boring to utterly hopeless.