Today, the 1.8-liter turbo 4 replaces the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline-five since the latest base engine (the TDI plus V-6 Passats will still be provided). The alteration begins with a line-topping SEL Advanced and can eventually grow to cover the S, SE, together with Wolfsburg Version cuts later in the year. The force-fed 1.8-liter is identical Mexican-built gen-three EA888 four-cylinder which locates it's way into Golfs and also Jettas for 2014. The engine contains a thin-wall crankcase and fewer counterweights for decrease weight, along with smaller primary bearings and reduced oil strain to reduce friction. A exhaust manifold is attached on the tube scalp to allow the engine to warm up more quickly, as well as turbo is lesser along with spools increase quicker.
We driven the well-equipped, $31,715 SEL Premium automatic. Even though the Passat is several hundred pounds heavier than the Jetta, a 1.8-liter turbo’s 170 hp plus 184 lb-ft with torque shift the mid - size sedan smartly adequate, using something around half-throttle summoning a generator for duty. Telling is a torque necessities of the 1.8T, that rises rapidly to mesa with 1500 revoltions per minute into near the 6200- rpm horsepower peak. Contrast that on the highs and valleys on the outgoing 2.5L five-cylinder, that proffers a 177 lb-ft with max torque with a relatively rev-happy 4250 as well as 170 horsepower maximum on 5700, creating the narrow nice spot.
A fuel - economy - optimized calibration in the six- speed torque- converter automatic maintains a Passat at small revs on the upper gears while riding, during which there’s much less rumbly powertrain noise than in a Jetta 1.8T we lately drove. We’ll attribute which to far more soundproofing plus the belief that the engine does not remain at 1200 revoltions per minute very long when street load raises. Climb even a minor grade maybe barely respire in the accelerator, also a automatic transmission downshifts, eliminating the rumbling noise. Of course, you should use your own gearbox programming by tipping over the gears manually or even simply by choosing the Passat using a five -speed manual-of course, the vehicle is still available with the remain even after a 1.8T finishes its creep across the lineup.