Volkswagen is murdering the Jetta and Passat’s five-cylinder engine. Upon learning this information, exactly nobody in our office detected that a minute of silence or shot a gun at a salute to VW’s five. Why not? The engine’s thick iron cube, lackluster power, unimpressive fuel economy, and strange thrum did not win any admirers. In exchange for its five, VW is offering a brand new turbocharged 1.8-liter direct-injection four-cylinder that, based on Volkswagen, is associated with the GTI’s turbo four.
Learning that a motor is associated with the GTI’s is like hearing your blind date is using Kate Upton’s sister. Expectations rise. At 170 horsepower, the new recoil makes exactly the exact summit output since the 2.5, but does this at reduced RPM. Torque is up seven pounds-feet into 184, and also the highest arrives at 1500 RPM, or 2750 RPM lower compared to bigger five. Acceleration to 60 mph from the five-speed-manual model takes 7.2 seconds, and it can be a full second faster than the five might muster with a pole.
Quiet and brimming with torque, the new engine eliminates the revvy character of its GTI cousin. Nor does it possess a magnetic noise, just a dim robe. However, it’s the tall gearing, presumably preferred in the fuel market, that eases the motor of the majority of its allure. Second gear is great for 71 mph for the long haul, which retains the revs reduced and the fervor lower. A briefer final-drive ratio could go a ways toward waking up this motor.
It currently has a different rear suspension and swaps its five to get a four, but do not worry: The Jetta SE stays stoic. Then again, shifting ratios could hurt fuel economy, and fair fuel economy is a lot of the reason that the five is no more living. The new engine highway amount is 36 mpg, with 26 mpg in town evaluation–developments of three mpg within the older engine. Elect for the six-speed automatic and mileage drops by just 1 mpg in town. Regardless of the turbocharger, routine gas is all that’s necessary.
Engine aside, not much has changed in Jettaville. In SE trimming, as in our $21,240 evaluation car, you receive a hard-plastic dash, but VW updated all Jettas to back disc brakes annually and an independent rear suspension for 2014. There is a mature ride-and-handling compromise in play that errs on the milder side of sporty. The structure is strong. And, although the Jetta’s steering acts as liberally as a Bible salesman, the brakes mumble like a 10th grader who’s just discovered Goth.