Automakers claim that the new generation of small turbocharged engines keep the same performance or even improve older powertrains, as we saw for a VW Passat. However, it's good to know that a mostly performance-oriented publication, Auto News, has tested the new 122 hp 1.4-liter turbocharged VW engine, mated to a 7-speed DSG transmission. Their veredict? Yes, it works as advertised. The magazine's measurements verified the automaker's claims and found the Octavia a pleasure to drive although they heaped more praise on the transmission than on the engine power itself. The hefty wagon (1,300 kg) has a top speed of 201 km/h (120 mph - in case you need to experience the speed limit-free areas of certain sections of the Autobahn) and made it from 0 to 100 km/h (62mph) in 9.8 seconds. Fortunately, fuel consumption remained good at 6.3 l/100 km (37 mpg U.S.) with CO2 emissions of 147 g/km. The car is Euro V-compliant, but not cheap at around €24,000.

[Source: Auto News]

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