This year, a 1.8-liter turbo four swithces a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline-five as the latest basic engine (the TDI plus V-6 Passats will still be offered). A transformation begins with a line-topping SEL Premium and can ultimately grow to coat the S, SE, together with Wolfsburg Edition trims afterwards in the year. A force-fed 1.8-liter is identical Mexican-built gen-three EA888 four-cylinder that finds its way into Golfs and Jettas for 2014. The engine includes a thin-wall crankcase and fewer counterweights to obtain decrease mass, along with smaller primary bearings plus reduced oil strain to reduce friction. A exhaust beyond any doubt is attached into the tube head in order to enable the engine to warm up faster, as well as turbo is slighter and spools up quicker.
Our team drove the well-equipped, $31,715 SEL Luxury automatic. Whilst the Passat is a couple of hundred pounds more heavy than the Jetta, a 1.8-liter turbo’s 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque move a mid - size sedan logically adequate, with some thing near half-throttle summoning a generator designed for duty. Showing is a torque necessities of the 1.8T, that rises easily with mesa from 1500 revoltions per minute to close a 6200- rpm hp maximum. Contrast that to the highs and valleys on the outgoing 2.5L five-cylinder, which proffers it's 177 lb-ft of max torque in a relatively rev-happy 4250 as well as 170 horsepower peak in 5700, creating the tighten sweet spot.
A gasoline - economy - enhanced calibration of the six- speed torque- converter automatic retains the Passat at small revs in the upper gears while riding, during which there’s fewer rumbly powertrain noise than in a Jetta 1.8T we recently drove. We’ll feature that to a lot more noise isolating and the reality that the engine doesn’t stay at 1200 revoltions per minute lengthy when road fill raises. Ascend even a small level maybe barely breathe in the throttle, also the automatic transmission downshifts, eliminating the rumbling noise. Certainly, you may use your own gearbox programming by tipping from the gears manually or even by simply deciding on a Passat with a 5 -speed manual-yes, the car will still be obtainable with the remain even after the 1.8T finishes it's slide over the selection.