If you’re a gasoline fan or just generally worried the diesel has outlived its life, then if you’re in the market for an economical Golf this new powerplant might be just right for you.

Volkswagen marketed the mid-cycle refresh for the Euro-spec Golf back in November last year alongside the introduction of their new 1.5-liter TSI Evo engine. The turbocharged four-pot was capable of 150 horsepower (110 kilowatts) and 184 pound-feet (250 Newton-meters) of torque – and now its more economical version is finally live. It features a variable geometry turbine and also runs on the Miller combustion cycle – and tries to make itself an alternative to the thrifty TDI engines, without actually crossing the environmentalists. Specifications include 130 hp (96 kW) and 147 lb-ft (200 Nm) of force, as well as a high efficiency level – average is between 4.8 and 5.0 liters / 100 km (49 to 47 miles per gallon), depending on specification, with CO2 emissions varying from 110 to 116 g/km.

This new engine has Active Cylinder Management, meaning it can work with cylinder deactivation tech – available between 1,400 and 3,200 rpm. It can also shut off all four cylinders, thanks to the new and improved coasting function that is introduced on the Golf range – at up to 81 mph (130 kph) the versions using the optional seven-speed DSG can have the engine shut off completely when the accelerator pedal isn’t moving. Up for grabs in Germany from €23,725 for the hatchback and from €25,775 for the wagon, the 130-hp 1.5-liter TSI engine will also see you fork out another €2,000 if you want the DSG and coasting function.


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