VW Snags Two Engine Honors
Jan. 19, 2009
The Jetta TDI. Click on image for larger view.
Volkswagen has snagged two spots on this year's coveted 10 Best Engines list — ranked by the automotive trade group Ward's.
Along with BMW, VW is the only double honor.
Also along with BMW, VW has the only diesel on the list.
Volkswagen is honored for its newly released turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder TDI diesel that can be found in the Jetta sedan and Jetta SportWagen. It generates 140 horsepower at 4,000 RPM and 236 pound-feet of torque from 1,700 to 2,500 RPM.
The other engine to make the grade is the popular turbo gas 2.0T four-cylinder, although it is listed under VW's subsidiary brand Audi. This is likely due, in part, to the latest version not currently being available in any North American VW vehicle while it is under the hood of Audi's new A4. Horsepower is up to 211 from 4,300 to 6,000 RPM, and torque is a commanding 258 pound-feet from 1,500 to 4,200 RPM.
Look for the updated 2.0T to find its way into a VW this fall, in the new GTI, and then into other VWs.
The other eight engines on Ward's 10 Best Engines are:
BMW's twin-turbo diesel 3.0-liter inline-six,
BMW's twin-turbo gas 3.0-liter inline-six,
Chrysler's Hemi 5.7-liter V8,
Ford's hybrid 2.5-liter four-cylinder,
General Motors' 3.6-liter V6,
Honda's 3.5-liter V6,
Hyundai's 4.6-liter V8,
and Toyota's 3.5-liter V6.