Volkswagen has replaced the aged 2.5L five-cylinder engine in the 2014 Passat with a lighter, more fuel efficient 1.8L turbocharged engine.
Volkswagen has replaced the aged 2.5L five-cylinder engine in the 2014 Passat with a lighter, more fuel efficient 1.8L turbocharged engine. The 1.8T engine generates 170 horsepower, which is the same as the 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine, but delivered at 700 fewer revs. The new engine also has seven pound-feet more torque at 184 lb-ft. than the outgoing 2.5’s torque figure.
The new engine also returns better fuel economy figures than the 2.5-liter unit. The Passat equipped with the 1.8T and a six-speed automatic transmission now gets 34 mpg on the highway, up from 31 mpg for the 2.5-liter engine. At the same time, the city mileage improves from 22 to 24 mpg, and the overall estimated combined fuel economy is now 28 mpg compared with 25 for the outgoing five cylinder. On the manual transmission model, the EPA city/combined/highway fuel economy ratings have increased from 22/26/32 mpg to 24/28/35 mpg.
As well as offering better fuel economy, the new engine’s additional low-speed torque has enhanced the performance of the car: the manual transmission Passat 1.8T reaches 0-60 mph in 7.5 seconds, an improvement of 0.7 seconds over the 2.5-liter model. The 1.8T equipped with a six-speed automatic now 0-60 mph in 7.9 seconds, down from 8.7 seconds with the 2.5-liter engine.
The base price for the Passat 1.8T S is $20,895 when equipped with a five-speed manual transmission, while the Wolfsburg Edition is priced at $23,965. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard on this model. The SE pricing begins at $24,475 with the five-speed manual, while the SE with Sunroof costs $26,395 and the SE with Sunroof and Navigation has a base price of $27,555.