But we doubt customers will be upset. Here's why.
Typically whenever a vehicle receives a new engine, performance is improved to some degree. That's not exactly the case with front-wheel-drive versions of the 2019 Volkswagen Golf. The Car Connection has confirmed with VW that the 2019 Golf hatchback and SportWagen variant will pack the 1.4-liter turbo-four rated at 147 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. This is the same engine found in the latest Jetta sedan. So how does the customer benefit? Improved fuel economy.
You see, the Golf's previous engine, the 1.8-liter turbo four with 170 hp and 199 lb-ft was rated by the EPA at 25/34/29 mpg city/highway/combined.
The 2019 Jetta's engine, however, was rated at 30/40/34 mpg. In short, less power but quite an impressive fuel economy improvement. It needs to be noted that all-wheel drive 2019 Golfs, including the Golf Alltrack, will keep the 1.8-liter engine. The FWD 2019 Golf will also benefit, emissions-wise, from the standard five-speed manual transmission becoming a six-speed manual. Even last year's optional six-speed automatic is being replaced with an eight-speed slushbox for 2019. New engine. New transmissions. Nice.
Other changes you can expect to see on the 2019 Golf are mainly limited to packaging changes, such as the entry-level Golf S now coming standard with automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitors. The SE trim will gain adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and automatic high-beam headlights.
The Golf SportWagen's top trim SEL is gone for this year, but the S and SE trims are also set to gain additional standard features. Remember, the next generation Golf isn't too far off, so VW is doing what it needs to do with the current model to keep it competitive until that successor arrives.