2014 Volkswagen Passat 1.8T Receives Huge Bump in Fuel Economy Vs. Outgoing Engine

By Jacob Brown | July 12, 2013
For 2014, Volkswagen has plenty of big changes lined up for much of its lineup. Perhaps the biggest one is the inception of a smaller, turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that's replacing the 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine in the Volkswagen Passat, among other cars. While the engine produces no more power than the larger outgoing engine, it makes up for it with significantly better fuel economy. The 2014 Volkswagen Passat 1.8T is rated at 24 mpg city/34 mpg highway/28 mpg combined with its six-speed automatic transmission or 24 mpg city/35 mpg highway/28 mpg combined with a five-speed manual transmission. Those numbers compare favorably to the 2013 VW Passat's 22 mpg city/31 mpg highway/25 mpg combined with the automatic and 22 mpg city/32 mpg highway/26 mpg combined with the stick. The 2014 Volkswagen Passat was previewed by the Volkswagen Passat Performance concept at the Detroit Auto Show that boasted 250 horsepower from a version of the turbocharged 1.8-liter engine now under the hood of Volkswagen's second-most-popular car. The production version has a more modest 170 ponies going to the front wheels. Before the current-generation VW Passat, Volkswagen had used smaller turbocharged engines in its entry-level Passats for more than a decade. The current car, however, was Americanized with a larger interior and more competitive price tag. As a result, some of the expensive bits were left out of the U.S. model, such as the more complicated engine. With the U.S. CAFE legislation that will dramatically raise fuel economy standards on the horizon, it served in VW's best interest to get rid of the five-cylinder engine it had stuffed into the Passat, Jetta, Golf, and Beetle for something a little more sensible. Competitors like Ford have also been opting for smaller turbocharged engines for better efficiency. None of those other 2014 VW models have yet been rated by the EPA with the new engine, but when they do, we'll have a rundown on the improvements introduced with their new powertrains. Source: FuelEconomy.gov