Volkswagen Golf, Golf Plus, Jetta, Eos and Passat models which have up till now been fitted with the 1.6-litre FSI petrol engine are now switching to a turbocharged 1.4-litre unit.
This is basically the same engine which has appeared in super/turbocharged form in various Volkswagens but without the supercharger. In this form it's not especially powerful, but it does have a stronger kick than the 1.6 FSI - maximum power has increased from 113bhp to 120bhp, while maximum torque has risen by 30% and is now achieved all the way from 1500rpm to 3500rpm.
There are no official performance figures yet, but cars fitted with this engine should get along quite smartly. They will also use less fuel, at least if the official combined cycle is anything to go by, and will pump out less CO2 - especially the ones using the seven-speed DSG gearbox (when that becomes available early next year) rather than the standard six-speed manual.
1.4 TSI versions of the Golf, Golf Plus, Jetta and Eos will cost £150 more than the 1.6 FSIs, while the premium for the Passat is £175. These prices, however, include a standard-fitment autohold parking brake function, which was previously a £50 option.