• Jun 17, 2009
What qualities are required for an engine to be considered the best-of-the-best in today's world? Naturally, any given engine needs to make enough power for its intended application, but fuel efficiency is just as important in modern society. This being the case, it's not terribly surprising that Volkswagen's innovative 1.4-liter Twincharger engine has taken home top honors as the 2009 International Engine of the Year, beating out BMW's powerful 3.0-liter direct-injected twin-turbo six-cylinder powerplant by just four points.

The Engie of the Year award is handed out based on the voting results of 65 motor scribes polled from all around the globe. Some 32 countries are represented in the jury, including the U.S., Germany, Japan, China, the U.K., and Korea.

To go along with its Engine of the Year award, VW's supercharged and turbocharged mill also won the Green Engine of the Year trophy – beating out Honda's 1.3-liter IMA hybrid powertrain in the process – and also took the nod in its 1.0-1.4-liter size class. Here's a list of the rest of the award winners:
  • Best New Engine - Porsche's 3.8-liter 385bhp flat-six
  • Best Performance Engine - Mercedes-AMG 6.2-liter V8
  • Sub 1-liter - Toyota 1-liter three-cylinder
  • 1.8-2.0L - Audi 2-liter TFSI
  • 2.0L-2.5L - Mercedes-Benz Diesel 2.1-litre BlueEfficiency
  • 2.5L-3.9L - BMW 3-liter DI Twin Turbo
  • 3.0L-4.0L - BMW 4-liter V8
  • Above 4.0L - Mercedes-AMG 6.2-liter V8
[Source: International Engine of the Year Awards]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      What car uses that VW engine?
        • 5 Years Ago
        The 1.4l TSI with 140-180hp is available in the Golf, Golf Plus, Jetta, Touran, Eos, Scirocco and the Seat Leon Cupra.

        Btw, there is also a non-twincharged (just turbo, no additional supercharger) 1.4l that is now also marketed as "TSI" and is available in almost all VWs, and many Seats and Skodas.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Golf GT. +7 speed DSG.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "The unit is offered across much of the VW model range, including the Golf, Scirocco and Eos, and is used to good effect by Seat in the Ibiza Cupra"
        and jetta, and touran, and passat.

        And on and on and on.
        • 5 Years Ago
        zamafir is of course right, that should have been Ibiza Cupra, not Leon Cupra.
      • 5 Years Ago
      VW better watch out, BMW's N55 will take the crown back. [piezo downdraught direct injection, variable intake & exhaust valve timing, twin-scroll turbo, compact valvetronic]-yeah that is going to win.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The square head is not dead, good job and well deserved.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This just strikes me as a bit shady. Why is there no real evidence of why an engine was chosen? The site just has a blurb that sounds like it's from the winning company's PR rep and thus it is assumed the engine is awesome. Give me the comparisons between SAE-verified engine tests or it's all just advertising with Germans simply buying more of the advertising slots.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A little heavy on the German marques, don't you think? Hmmm. I say this because of the recent announcement of the FIAT Multiair. Like the common rail technology they pioneered, the Multiair has been referred to as a game changer in the world of internal combustion engines. Of course, it just went into production and all of these other engines were in production for the past year or longer. Still, a bit heavy...
        • 5 Years Ago
        No point to make Zanafir, just open discussion with fellow auto enthusiasts.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Multiair has gone into production but It hasn't officially been launched yet. That happens in September.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I have nothing against FIAT, but they are late to the game. Multiair is just another system that promises reduced throttle losses. It is alike BMW's Valvetronic, only that Multiair has a different type of cam change actuation (electro-hydraulic). Valvetronic was introduced 10 years ago, and mary other manufacturers have similar systems in production. Besides, the fuel consumption benefits of these systems are small, only light footed drivers will feel a small difference in city traffic.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Crap, downtoeaerth found his way to AB? Do us all a favour and go back to ABG. Also, on your way, please read up on european emission requirements, particulary Euro 5 and 6. By all means change the habits of your countrymen, you're the ones still driving inefficient gas guzzlers, but don't give me crap because I live on a continent that have taken responsibility.
        • 5 Years Ago
        zamafir 5:29PM (6/17/2009)

        > The class in question is the 1.4 to 1.8l class,
        > the ford fusion carries a 2.5l engine [...]
        > none of that bares any relevance in a discussion about 1.4-1.8l

        Stop lying and pretending. There are not capacity subcategories in the "Green engine of the year" category.

        http://www.ukipme.com/engineoftheyear/winners_09/green.html


        Swede:

        > Crap, downtoeaerth found his way to AB?
        > Do us all a favour and go back to ABG.

        Do you sell/promite dirty diesels and are angry I will compare their poor efficiency to by a mile superior clean burning hybrids?

        > Also, on your way, please read up on european
        > emission requirements, particulary Euro 5 and 6

        Stop lying. These are FUTURE emissions regulations. Euro 5 will start in late 2009 with accommodation period up to 2010 or 2011 and Euro 6 will be somewhere about 2014.

        American strict emission regulations apply NOW. Since quite a long time by the way.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @downtoearth,

        Exactly, where are the hybrids?
        I see that the 1.4l TSI, an engine that offers no real world fuel consumption improvement over regular engines of the same power, gets the prize, while hybrid drivetrains (full parallel hybrids) that reduce fuel consumption with 25% (on a mixt driving cycle), are not even mentioned.
        What a joke.
        • 5 Years Ago
        zamfir,

        "The class in question is the 1.4 to 1.8l class, the ford fusion carries a 2.5l engine, which wouldn't even qualify it for the class this post pertains to. "

        this post pertains to engine of the year. you are an idiot.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "it just went into production and all of these other engines were in production for the past year or longer"

        so you just made your point moot, great. what next, we complain about a film which is not yet out not being included in the Oscars. It makes no sense.

        The fact is, the Germans are forced to constantly rethink things, mostly because of their nit-picky customers and the unique environmental regulations in Europe, as well as fairly stark competition. Credit has been given where credit is due.
        • 5 Years Ago
        zamafir:

        > The fact is, the Germans are forced to constantly
        > rethink things, mostly because of [...] the unique
        > environmental regulations in Europe

        This is not a fact, it's nonsense. European environmental regulations are nothing when compared to much tougher American ones.

        Just look how dirty European diesels are:http://adac-ecotest.awardspace.biz/

        850+ cars, Euro diesels mostly tale 400 last places. You can sell a dirty diesel without a particulare filter in Europe. You have to fit it not only with a particulate filter but also with a NOx trap/reductor to make it clean enough to sell it in the States.

        =============================

        Beside that, the TSI engine is fine but the 2010 Ford Fusion drivetrain crushes it in every way.

        140HP TSI engine in a small compact hatch like VW Golf returns real life fuel economy of 7,98 l/100km = 29,47 miles per gallon (U.S) and can propel it from 0 to 62 in some 9 seconds.

        The 2010 Ford Fusion hybrid drivetrain returns some 40 mpg US of real life observed fuel economy (first estimates, a small sample) in a midsize car with 0-60 time of 8.5 seconds.


        Source:
        http://www.spritmonitor.de/de/uebersicht/50-Volkswagen/452-Golf.html?fueltype=2&constyear_s=2005&power_s=100&power_e=105
        http://fueleconomy.gov/mpg/MPG.do?action=browseList2&make=Ford&model=Fusion%20Hybrid%20FWD
      • 5 Years Ago
      Indeed, way to innovate & keep the new products interesting. Hopefully a variant comes over to the US so we can experience the new flavor as well.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Truly a great little engine. I'm not surprised VAG's 2.0T also got an award, it's a great one and makes my GTI fun to drive
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Phillip

        I agree with you 100%. These "engine awards" are nothing but a big joke.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I absolutely agree Philip. These sort of prizes are nothing but marketing.
        How did the jury selected the winners? Did they have available important data about the engines? like specific fuel consumption, weight, dimensions, cost? I bet they did not, manufacturers always forget to publish these fundamental data.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, it is pointless, until the point where GM and Ford win it. Then ot becomes a prestigious prize. If it so pointless, why are there people here still whoinign why didn't the ford fusion engine win it, or some hybrid nonsense. If there was a hybrid category, somebody would take it, as it stands, a hybrid is just a normal engine with an electric motor strapped on.
        • 5 Years Ago
        These engine awards are so ridiculous.

        All they amount to is a few journalists reviewing 2 or 3 manufacturer publicity brochure specs and basing their decision on that, what a joke. They don’t conduct any quantitative nor qualitative independent testing of their own. When I was in engineering school, had a written a paper in the manner that these clowns decide these awards, I would get a nice big F.

        I have no idea what the purpose of these awards are.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The results for this year Engine of the Year Awards should be subjected to severe auditing from independent sources.

      I will only name 1 category where the results are simply outrageous to an extent far beyond comprehension: The Green Engine award.

      The jury had several cars to choose from, and two nominees were the VW TSI and the new Prius 3G (3rd generation).

      Having:

      The VW with 174 hp, 6.2 L/100 km and 144 g/km CO2;
      The Toyota with 136 hp, 3.9 L/100 km and 89 g/km CO2

      The jury says the car which has:

      +30% horsepower, 63% more fuel consumption, 62% more CO2 emissions

      is the greenest car... yeah... right... is this for real!?!?!

      The general public demands a general inquiry to this Jury votes right now!

      This is a shameful representation of how strong lobbies can go.
      I feel sick to the stomach reading this year's awards.

      Shame on the jury!
      • 5 Years Ago
      next time put engeneers on jury, not journalists, and maybe i will care about this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great List.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "...beating out BMW's powerful 3.0-liter direct-injected twin-turbo six-cylinder powerplant by just four points."

      I'm surprised that engine ended up in second place, considering the Ford EcoBoost engine is a 3.5-liter direct-injected twin-turbo six cylinder that produces 65 more horsepower, 50 more ft. lbs. of torque while still achieving 17/25mpg on the AWD Taurus SHO. The 335i with xDrive (their version of AWD) returns 17/25mpg. So it would seem that the EcoBoost is more economical (considering the added performance) and would slot in ahead of BMW's engine.


      ...and since when are all the best engines German?! Except for Toyota's 1-liter three-cylinder lawnmower engine.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can think of the Nissan twin turbo v6(485bhp) as a definite contender as well as the Hyundai Tau V8(most fuel efficient over 4 liter producing 375bhp). Both of those engines are worthy of the award. I do wonder about the bias of such prestigious titles when in fact Asians and American engineers have also garnered some serious merit in engine craftmnnship. You also have to consider the ZR1 engine which produces a whopping 630 bhp and the ford eco-boost friendly v6
        • 5 Years Ago
        Mass reduction would not have gotten all of the mentioned what VW has achieved.
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