Report: VW Downsizing Golf Engines to Improve MPGs

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The 2019 Golf is set to gain the Jetta’s 147 hp 1.4-liter I4, because apparently MPGs are an effective replacement for displacement. But bear with me, there’s a bit of good news at the end.

That’s down from the 2018’s 170 hp 1.8-liter engine, which the Golf Alltrack (thanks to its AWD system) retains.

The move is reportedly an attempt to improve the Golf’s fuel economy. The car currently gets 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, whereas the new Jetta gets 30 mpg in the city and 40 on the highway.

With the increased fuel economy, Volkswagen will also be looking to add value to the lower end of the Golf lineup.

The Golf S gets standard automatic emergency braking and blind spot monitoring. The SE trim gets adaptive cruise, active lane control, and automatic high beams.

VW is ditching the SportWagen’s range-topping SEL trim and the S will have available auto emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring, too. SE gets LED headlights, adaptive cruise, and lane control as standard.

Are you finally ready for the good news? ‘Cause there is some. The Golf Alltrack, along with getting other features that I don’t really care about (LED headlight option on SE, blind spot monitoring on S, etc) will be available with a 6-speed manual in its highest trim.

That’s right, you finally don’t have to decide between a good transmission and a comfy car. Hey, cold comfort is better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.

The GTI and R are expected to retain their 2.0-liter engines.

[source: The Car Connection]

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