Engines are getting smaller. From econocars and supercars, from pint size roadsters to full-size pickups, engine shrinking is happening across the industry. Of all those best cars that succumb to the trend, Volkswagen Golf is the one worth mentioning. The 2019 model replaces its 170-hp turbocharged 1.8 liter inline-four base engine with a turbo 1.4 liter four that delivers impressive power at 147 horses, irrespective of its smaller size. Its 184 lb-ft of torque remains unchanged for the manual-transmission models but is reduced by 15 lb ft from the previous automatic’s 199.
But don’t get upset with the change. Despite those negligible output losses, they have been largely balanced by new transmission with additional gears. A standard six speed manual drops the 2018 Golf’s five speed stick ad six speed autobox. The motor delivers an impressive 170 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque. While VW has not announced fuel economy figures for the 2019 with the 1.4 liter motor, the old 1.8 liter unit was rated to offer up to 25 miles per gallon city, 34 mpg highway, and 29 combined. Despite its massive size, the Jetta is rated to get up to 30/40/34 mpg (city/highway/combined), so the small engine should improve fuel economy for the Golf.
In addition to downsizing of its engine, the Volkswagen Service Greensboro reports that Volkswagen has brought about a few more updates to the 2019 Golf. The S trim is now offered with automatic emergency braking and blind spot monitoring as standard. Moving up to the SE trim, the new model also offers automatic high-beam headlights, adaptive cruise control, and active lane control as standard.
The SEL trim is no longer available in the Golf Sport Wagen, while VW has improved the base S trim by introducing automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring as options. The Sport Wagen SE comes up with more standard features, including active lane control, LED headlights, and adaptive cruise control.
Overall, the vehicle is impressive. For better up-keeping and maintenance, take it to the nearby auto body shop Greensboro NC and see for yourself what the technicians can do for your vehicle.