2014 VW Jetta Ditches Five-Cylinder, Rear Torsion Beam

2014 VW Jetta Ditches Five-Cylinder, Rear Torsion Beam

Volkswagen has been listening to the criticism of its latest-generation Jetta and has decided to update the 2014 model year compact sedan with several improvements.

So what’s changed? The German automaker has decided to scrap the 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine for a 1.8-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder with 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. In addition, Volkswagen expects the fuel efficiency on its 2014 Jetta to improve by 16 percent; the 2013 Jetta was rated at 24 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. All models will be E15 fuel capable and the automatic transmission will only be available on the SEL trim.

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One of the biggest criticisms on the 2013 Jetta was its rear torsion beam suspension, which VW has promptly ditched. The entire Jetta lineup will now feature independent rear suspension as well as electro-mechanical power steering, replacing the existing hydraulic setup. Until now, only the pricier GLI model was the offered with the more advanced independent setup.

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