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Volkswagen Announces 2014 Model Year Lineup

Among styling and line-specific changes, the new 1.8-liter turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder engine will now be standard

Toni Avery
Jul 10, 2013
Photographer: VW

The Details:

  • New 170hp 1.8-liter engine replaces previous 2.5-liter engine and ups torque
  • VW Car-Net released for many models
  • New 1.8-liter Beetle engine claimed 17 percent more efficient
  • Beetle R-Line replaces Turbo and GSR SE model released
  • Limited number of 2014 Golf/GTI model sold in U.S.
  • Passat revised with new 1.8-liter engine, starting with SEL model

Volkswagen's 2014 model year lineup includes many changes. The biggest being the switch to a new EA888 1.8-liter turbocharged and direct-injection four-cylinder TSI engine. It replaces the outgoing 2.5- liter five-cylinder engine found in the Jetta, Beetle, and Passat models. The new engine provides the same power output of 170hp as the 2.5-liter engine but ups torque to 184 lb-ft, an increase of seven lb- ft. The power is also delivered lower in the rev range. Expect a claimed 16-17 percent increase in MPG too. Finally, all VW models are now E15 capable and equipped with independent rear suspension.

Aesthetic changes and technological additions are coming for select models as well. One significant technology-based feature is VW Car-Net connectivity, which offers crash notifications, roadside assistance, stolen vehicle location assistance, remote vehicle access, boundary and speed alerts, vehicle health report, and POI service for the navigation unit. All can be used through a smartphone.

Below you will find the highlights to expect with each 2014 model.

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  • New 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Electro-mechanical power steering will replace the 2.5-liter hydraulic setup
  • VW Car-Net offered
  • Available in convertible

Beetle GSR limited edition:

  • Equipped with the EA888 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 210hp
  • Modern re-interpretation of the 1970s GSR (Yellow Black Racer)
  • Large rear spoiler and 19-inch 'Tornado' aluminum-alloy wheels with black painted calipers
  • Interior features a yellow and black theme: leather-wrapped steering wheel, black trimmed leather surfaces, yellow stitching, leather-wrapped handbrake, black floor mats with contrasting yellow embroidery, GSR shift lever, and a special marked badge on the steering wheel (1 through 3500)

Beetle R-Line:

  • The current Turbo lineup is now renamed R-Line
  • Equipped with 210hp EA888 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Aggressive styling for front and rear bumpers
  • R-Line exterior badging and R-Line doorsills
  • R-Line Sunroof and Sound with Navigation (review camera now added) includes 19-inch aluminum-allow wheels, Bi-Xenon headlights with LED DRLs, leather seating, R-Line badge on the steering wheel, 'metallic finish' dash pad
  • Available in convertible

Beetle TDI with Sunroof:

  • Removed from the lineup

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  • VW Car-Net available for all trims
  • RNS 315 nav added to the Komfort and Sport trims
  • Keyless access with push start added to the Sport model
  • Lux model discontinued

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  • 2.0 T Executive trim joins the lineup, which will include: RNS 510 premium nav, four-year Sirius XM Traffic and a three-month TravelLink trial, keyless access (push button start), motion- activated trunk, leather, sunroof, review camera, 18 inch 'St. Louis' alloy wheels, ambient lighting, engineered ebony interior, available Truffle Brown interior.
  • Sport model includes LED daytime running lights, Adaptive Front-lighting System, RNS 315 nav, and rearview camera


  • Four-door only models will be sold in limited quantities in the U.S.

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Jetta SE:

  • The new 1.8-liter turbocharged and direct-injection four-cylinder engine with the electro-mechanical power steering
  • Multilink independent rear suspension
  • Sirius XM
  • VW Car-Net option added
  • Keyless access and push-button start available

Jetta SEL:

  • Only available with automatic transmission
  • VW Car-Net, rearview camera, RNS 315 nav, Fender Premium Audio System

Jetta TDI:

  • All TDI models will now have VW Car-Net
  • Relocated MDI cable (in center console)
  • Independent rear suspension
  • Premium and Premium and Navigation also get rearview camera

Jetta GLI:

  • EA888 2-liter turbocharged 210 hp engine
  • Relocated MDI cable
  • Option of VW Car-Net

Jetta Hybrid:

  • VW Car-Net available
  • High-resolution color MFI display in the instrument cluster

Jetta SportWagen:

  • LED license-plate lights
  • TDI trims and review camera

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  • 1.8-liter turbocharged and direct injected four-cylinder engine, making 170 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque
  • Electro-mechanical power steering
  • Wolfsburg Edition including leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob, and parking brake
  • VW Car-Net
  • Two-tone seats available on SE trims
  • Rear view camera
  • Keyless access and push-button start
  • New 'Bristol' 18-inch wheels available for SE trims
  • Sport trim will be introduced later in the year
  • MDI standard on Wolfsburg Edition and higher trims

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