2016 Volkswagen Jetta 1.4T engine upgrade
It may only be August, but in the automotive world 2016 is just around the corner. We are already getting plenty of new models here at Trend Motors in Rockaway, NJ, near Newark, and even though many models are rollovers from last year, there are plenty of new features to get excited about. Just one example is the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta 1.4T engine upgrade, which aims to provide more power to the base trim level while also providing further fuel efficiency.
It’s been twenty years since Volkswagen first unveiled a turbocharged direct-injection engine with the TDI Clean Diesel which was available in the 1996 Passat, and ten years since one first made it into higher trim level Jetta options. Now Volkswagen is expanding these ultra-efficient engines, outfitting 97-percent of its vehicles in the U.S. market with a turbocharged engine.
The 2016 Jetta engine is the newest to receive an update, with the 1.4-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine standing in as the smallest option, which is only fitting as the 2016 VW Jetta sits as the smallest vehicle in the Volkswagen lineup. Of course the technology behind the VW small displacement engines prove that bigger isn’t always better, with the 1.4T earning 150 horsepower over the 2.0-liter naturally aspirated which only earned 115 horsepower. The only downside to this new engine is that it will be replacing the engine in both the S and SE trim levels. Last model year the SE had the upgraded 1.8T under the hood, which delivers 170 horsepower. On the bright side, the SEL trim level will still have the more powerful engine, though we predict not everyone will be happy to upgrade.
Benefits of the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta 1.4T engine
An upgrade in power doesn’t necessarily mean it’s an upgrade all around, as the 1.4T is a practical option for those seeking the best fuel efficiency for a gasoline model. This new engine will be a significant improvement over the 2.0-liter engine, earning a predicted 39 miles per gallon on the highway, while the 2.0 only received a 34 mpg rating. The 1.8T fell in the middle with a 37 highway mpg rating.
For its size the 1.4T earns better fuel economy and has more power thanks to a 10:0:1 compression ratio, turbocharged design and a new intake manifold which accommodates a smaller single-scroll compressor. It’s also a bit lighter thanks to its aluminum construction, so the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta may prove to be surprisingly zippy.
There’s only one way to know if upgrading to the 2016 model year is worth the extra cost or if you should save some money and stick with the 2015 while it’s still available, and that’s by taking a test drive at Trend Motors. We’ll be updating here at our blog frequently on new features and technology as the 2016 models roll into the dealership, so keep checking back for more information.