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Is the 1.4 TSI enough in the Passat, etc?

We have a 141 diesel Passat 2.0-litre and we want to change to a petrol VW, either a Tiguan or a Passat, but the engine size in both looks underpowered. What should we do?

Filed under petrol vs. diesel - Asked by Shevaun McDonnell (Rathmore, Co.Kerry) - Mon, 29 Jan 2018 17:38

Neil Briscoe Answered by: - Neil Briscoe - changagoidem Advisor - @neilmbriscoe


Hi Shevaun,

Simple: ignore the engine size. The 1.4 TSI turbo petrol engine has 150hp and is totally at home and happy in either the Tiguan or the Passat. In fact, it’s arguably the best choice of engine in either automobile. Thanks to compact, low-pressure turbocharging, engine size is these days more or less irrelevant. Look at the power and torque figures instead.

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Less keen. The 125hp engine is a bit on the basic side. It’s fine, but it can feel a bit underpowered and you have to work it hard at times, which hurts the fuel economy.

It doesn’t help, in that regard, that the 150hp version has cylinder cut-off technology, which helps to save fuel on a longer journey. Basically, the 125hp version is a decent engine, but the 150hp version is an excellent one, and worth holding out for.

Posted by Neil Briscoe (changagoidem.ie Advisor) - Wed, 14 Feb 2018 11:17:44

The power output of both is 125hp. What do you feel about that?

Posted by Shevaun McDonnell (Rathmore, Co.Kerry) - Mon, 05 Feb 2018 16:59:01



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