Volkswagen has been on a roll so far this year… maybe not from a sales volume perspective, but it did win the coveted golden calipers from Motor Trend and winning Yahoo Autos’ car of the year with the MQB-based 2015 Golf. Now, the 1.8-liter, inline-four EA888 engine powering the all-new Golf and freshened Jetta has yet again earned itself a spot on the top 10 engines list of WardsAuto.
The 1.8-liter turbo four cylinder engine powering the all-new Golf won editors over for the second year in a row and was selected among 37 other competing engine thanks to its stellar torque output and fuel economy.
“Volkswagen’s 1.8-liter TSI four cylinder is a tremendous engine in an affordable, extremely capable compact car,” said Tom Murphy, executive editor, WardsAuto World digital magazine. “In the all-new Golf, this turbo-four makes more torque than it did last year in the heavier Jetta. More torque at a lower price in a car that routinely topped 33 mpg (7.1 L/100 km) in our testing? Keeping this engine on the list was a no-brainer.”
WardsAuto spends two months evaluating engines before naming the ten all stars to its list. The motors are selected according to a number of objective and subjective criteria in everyday driving situations, including power, torque, noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels, affordability, drivability, and other basic comparative numbers. The 1.8-liter surpassed and excelled in nearly every category.
“Earning recognition on “WardsAuto’s ‘10 Best Engines’ list for two consecutive years is solid validation of Volkswagen’s unrivaled formula for power, value and fuel economy in the EA888 engine,” said Joerg Sommer, vice president, Product Marketing and Strategy, Volkswagen of America. “The intelligently-downsized 1.8-liter engine sets a higher standard in the market and uniquely distinguishes the performance and efficiency of the Golf, Passat, Jetta and Beetle.”