2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI: 1.8-Liter Engine Is a Welcome Upgrade
February 27, 2014
When the current generation Volkswagen Passat debuted for 2012, its base engine, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, was hardly a standout. For 2014, the competition is even better, and that sets up the 2.5 as an underperformer for both acceleration and fuel economy.
With the 2014 Passat's newly available turbocharged 1.8-liter engine, though, the game has changed.
Around town, our Passat TSI SEL 1.8 feels suitably quick when you press on the gas pedal. That impression is backed up by our track testing, where we recorded a 0-60 mph sprint of 7.7 seconds compared to 9.0 seconds with the 2.5. There isn't any lag or hesitation at low idle, and the engine feels smooth and strong all the way to redline.
Of course, fuel economy is the other big factor here. The results aren't exactly stellar so far, as we noted in our latest fuel economy update. But it's also pretty early in our test of this car, and we've yet to take any long highway-biased road trips.
Regardless, the 1.8 is the greatly preferable choice over the 2.5.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 4,640 miles