• News: New TDI Diesel coming to 2015 VW or Audi near you

    2015 vw golf tdi diesel video review

    The updated TDI diesel engine, designated EA288, is coming to a Volkswagen dealership in the second half of 2014.  The new turbo-diesel makes its debut in the 2015 model year Mk7 Golf, Jetta, Passat, Beetle, and Beetle Convertible.  The new motor makes 10 more horse than before for a total of 150 hp, while the torque output remains the same at 236 lb-ft.  This engine will also be used in Audi vehicles, like the 2015 Audi A3.  Eventually, the EA288 will spread across more and more Audi and VW models that can accommodate it.  So, you will likely see it in the next generation A4 and hopefully other VW Group vehicles.

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    The new powerplant may sounds very similar to the outgoing unit, but it shares only the displacement and bore spacing with the current 2.0L TDI.  Volkswagen worked hard to reduce emissions, increase efficiency, and improve throttle response.  Hence the use of a complex exhaust gas recirculation system; an intercooler integrated with the intake manifold, and packaging the exhaust after-treatment components close to the engine.

    Volkswagen and the EPA are mum about the MPG estimates for the new diesel, but it does use low-friction bearings for the camshaft and balancer shafts, piston rings that have less pre-tension, and a two-stage oil pump with flow regulation.  Basically, components have been reworked and enhanced to provide incremental improvements.  The current VW Golf TDI is rated at 30 MPG city and 42 MPG highway, and the new engine needs a substantial increase in efficiency to keep diesel power viable.  Cars like the 2014 Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost are challenging the TDI to a battle of efficiency.

    Check out this TFLcar first drive video review of the 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI diesel:

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    6 thoughts on “News: New TDI Diesel coming to 2015 VW or Audi near you

    1. I have a 2011 Jetta TDI, manual and a 2013 Passat TDI with a DSG. On trips I have gotten 54.2 with the Passat and 52.2 with the same trip with the Jetta on a 305 mile trip from St Louis to north of Indy! The DSG gets better milage on a long trip. On short around town trips, I get better milage with the manual Jetta. I am not sure if the Ford or Mazda can do that well!!!

    2. While the EPA numbers between the 1.0L 3-cylinder EcoBoost and the VW 2.0L TDI appear close, the real world results are not. Consumer Reports recently noted in their initial testing of their Fiesta with the 1.0L engine, they are averaging 31 mpg. Their TDI results routinely average 20 – 25% better.

      I have driven the Fusion 1.6L EcoBoost and can confirm that while rated at 28 mpg combined, it’s difficult to achieve that figure on the highway at any speed over 55 mph. In my week with that car, I average less than 24 mpg. I agree with CR that Ford’s EcoBoost engines appear to do well in the EPA tests; not so well in the real world.

    3. The current stable of 4-cylinder VW TDI engines use a timing belt. I was hoping this article would have proved some information about the new engine’s timing drive. I’m hoping VW will be using a study timing chain in their new designs. VW reputation has been quite damaged in North America because it has a history of its timing belts breaking.

    4. This new engine has improved gas mileage but the updated figures must be confirmed by VW, however in Europe VW drivers have experienced about 10% to 15% more mileage in comparison to the current 2.0TDI, the improvement sounds good for this new engine but we have to keep in mind the European conditions are quite different of those here in North America.

      The VW Puebla Plant in Mexico is already working hard to deliver the new Golf to the US and Canadian markets, I can barely wait to drive the Golf again.

    5. It will be interesting to see if VW can improve the fuel efficiency of their vehicles with this new engine. However, I suspect that this new engine has more to do with meeting ever tightening emmission regulations. Also, the comment at the end of the third paragraph regarding the Ford Fiesta with 1.0 Ecoboost challenging TDI’s doesn’t make any sense. Ford already knows the answer to this question. I just looked at the Ford Fiesta line up in the UK and the 1.0 Ecoboost is beaten handily by the larger TDI engines in the same vehicle. 1.0 Ecoboost = 65.7 mpg (UK), 1.5 TDCI = 76.4 mpg (UK) and 1.6 TDCI = 85.6 mpg (UK).

      1. Ed,
        Thanks for the comments!

        I meant: if you can buy a 2014 Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost with 45 MPG for around $17,000, then does it still make sense to buy a 2015 Golf TDI with estimated 46 MPG for around (estimated) $23,000?

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