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    2019 Volkswagen Golf Downsizes Its Engine

      Only on front-wheel drive models, all-wheel models stick with the 1.8T

    For 2019, Volkswagen is swapping engines on certain Golf models to help boost fuel economy.

    The Car Connection reports that the Golf and Golf SportWagen will swap the turbocharged 1.8L four for the Jetta's turbo 1.4. The smaller engine produces 147 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Volkswagen is also adding more gears to the transmissions - six-speeds for the manual and eight for the automatic. EPA fuel economy estimates are not available at the moment.

    All-wheel drive variants (Golf SportWagen S AWD and Alltrack) will keep the turbo 1.8. Its unclear from TCC's story whether it will get the updated transmissions - Alltrack already gets the six-speed manual.

    There's also some feature changes for the 2019 Golf,

    • Golf: Base S models add automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring as standard. SE models will now come equipped with adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and automatic high-beam headlights.
    • Golf SportWagen: Mirrors the Golf, along with the top-line SEL model being dropped.
    • Golf Alltrack: S models get automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring. SE adds LED headlights as an option. SEL models get a six-speed manual as an option.

    Source: The Car Connection

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    The scramble to keep from getting hit for fuel efficiency while they work to bring out their modular plug-in hybrids, electrics and off load the diesel legacy bits.

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    11 hours ago, regfootball said:

    All this forced CAFE crap

    The Golf does not have a CAFE problem.  The real issue is that VW and Audi are selling a lot of crossovers that use turbo 4cyl engines (and a few V6es too). 

    Remember that CAFE is based on what cars you sell and how many.  Hence why Honda can sell CAFE credits to FCA because of their respective product mixes and sales of those product mixes.

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    4 hours ago, Suaviloquent said:

    I feel CAFE credits are dumb actually because it basically gives a cop-out to automakers that don’t develop fuel efficient cars and don’t make an effort to sell them.


    Not everyone wants them though.  People want what they want.  This is why CAFE is stupid.  Companies that sell vehicles that their customers want should be able to comply... with customer wants and needs.

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    18 hours ago, ocnblu said:

    Not everyone wants them though.  People want what they want.  This is why CAFE is stupid.  Companies that sell vehicles that their customers want should be able to comply... with customer wants and needs.

    CAFE has been the wrong approach to fuel efficiency since it was first made law back in 1975.  Better to let customers buy what they want/need and let them deal with the consequences of their purchase, especially if gas/diesel prices spike again.

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    Look, would I object to a crew cab 3/4-ton truck that got 35 MPG? Of course not- no one would. Noone buys vehicles BECAUSE they get relatively low MPG. In some cases an argument could be made that CAFE gives those people who want to buy a relatively very high MPG vehicle a choice that might not otherwise be there. That said, for it to bring the least pain & cost, it has to be incremental and obtainable, not a 15 MPG jump in 6 years sort of thing.

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    There really was in this case no valid reason for VW to downsize the base engine.  Now perhaps an entry trim, but to move down to the 1.4 vs the 1.8 is totally a reactionary move to regulations.

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