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 th
In a market that not so long ago consisted of two types of transmissions – manual and automatic – it's easy to get lost in what seems like an ever-increasing list of gearbox alternatives: automatic-shifting manuals, manual-shifting automatics, constantly-variable mechanisms, dual-clutches, and so on. With more and more manufacturers – including BMW, Volvo, Fiat and Renault – jumping on the twin-clutch bandwagon, Volkswagen has emerged as the pioneer.
Volkswagen's dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) has proven that a balance can be struck between driver involvement and running the daily slog without a cramped left leg, with a bump in fuel economy to boot. As reported earlier this year, VW has plans to introduce another cog onto its six-speed DSG unit, while at the same time dropping the wet clutch arrangement for a dry-clutch setup. Now it's official: the new seven-speed DSG not only boasts another gear and dry clutches, but it's the first time the DSG