The entire Volkswagen Group has been dealing with quite a lot of flak this past year, all thanks to the diesel emissions scandal that shocked the world. So the entire Group must be happy to hear one of its small, economic engines getting some love. It’s a petrol engine, of course.
In this recent video from Carwow, we take a look at their 10-Best engines 2.0 liters and under. The absolute number one engine on the list is the 1.4 liter TSI engine used in many current Volkswagens, Audis, Seats and Skodas. Mat Watson’s reasoning for the 1.4 TSI taking the number one spot is that it’s punchy, revs nicely, sounds good and even has cylinder-deactivation, which can shut down two cylinders when cruising, that increases fuel economy to near-diesel levels.
In America, the only Audi that uses the 1.4 TSI engine is the A3 e-tron and that isn’t very popular, however it is used quite a bit in European small Audis, such as the Audi A3 and Audi Q2. We may see it make its way to the US in a base-model A3 sedan, but it’s not likely as American’s don’t like to give up displacement and the 1.4 liter engine would be smaller than the as-standard 2.0 liter engine.
It is nice to see Audi and Volkswagen get some love for one of their economical engines for once, though. Everything has been about how evil both companies are for lying about diesel emissions, lately. So it’s nice to hear a different tune for a change. Check it out.