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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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    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.

     

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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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      Power comes from a 2.0L four-cylinder engine pumping out 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. The base FE gets a six-speed manual, while higher trims use a CVT. The powertrain goes about its business surprisingly well around down with the engine providing decent pull and the CVT mimicking an automatic transmission. But this powertrain falters when you need to get up to speed quickly. The engine runs out of steam when going above 60 mph and there is a noticeable drone coming from the CVT.
      Fuel economy in the 2019 Kia Forte EX is rated at 30 City/40 Highway/34 Combined. My average for the week landed around 33.
      The Forte really shines when it comes to ride quality. Despite having a slightly stiffer ride compared to the last-generation model, the sedan glides over most bumps with no issue. Road and wind noise were about average for the class, and could easily be drowned out by turning up the volume slightly. Handling is about average for the class with a slight amount of body lean and steering providing decent weight.
      To sum up, the large effort Kia has put into the 2019 Forte shows. The combination of styling, a long list of features, balance between ride and handling, and a surprising base price make it a real threat in the compact car class. The only item that needs to be addressed is the engine - ten extra horsepower and torque could make the difference. 
      How I would configure a 2019 Kia Forte 
      While the EX Launch Edition does provide some desirable features such as adaptive cruise control, QI wireless charging, and a Harman/Kardon audio system, I would drop down to the mid-level S. At $20,290, you’re getting a lot of equipment such as 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, forward collision warning with automatic braking, and keyless entry. I would add the $1,200 S Premium Package to get LED headlights, automatic high beams, and a power sunroof. With destination, the price comes to $22,415. Alternatives to the 2019 Kia Forte
      Hyundai Elantra: Mechanically similar to the Forte, albeit with a face that will scare small kids. Two turbo engine options - one focused on the economy while the other is for sport - might be attractive to some. Honda Civic: Drives slightly better than the Forte and offers more body styles. But lower reliability scores and confounding infotainment systems may cause you to look elsewhere. Chevrolet Cruze: While it lacks a number of features found on the Forte, it does offer a slightly smoother and quieter ride. Plus, dealers are starting to push a lot of cash on the hoods to get them moving.   
      Disclaimer: Kia Provided the Forte, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
      Year: 2019
      Make: Kia 
      Model: Forte
      Trim: EX
      Engine: 2.0L Multi-Port DOHC Inline-Four
      Driveline: Front-Wheel Drive, CVT
      Horsepower @ RPM: 147 @ 6,200
      Torque @ RPM: 132 @ 4,500 
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 30/40/34
      Curb Weight: 2,903 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Pesqueria, NL, Mexico
      Base Price: $21,990
      As Tested Price: $26,220 (Includes $895.00 Destination Charge)
      Options:
      EX Launch Edtion - $3,210.00
      Carpeted Floor Mats - $125.00
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