How "new" is VW 1.8L Ward's 10 Best Engines winner?

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A reader named Ken has an old VW Passat with the 1.8L turbocharged 4-cyl. engine that won Ward's 10 Best Engines trophies in 2002 and 2003. He's wondering how the new EA888 1.8L in the Jetta differs from his Passat engine.   Our answer:   The third-generation EA888 engine that we just awarded for 10 Best Engines is considered a clean-sheet engine, but it's easy to understand why someone might think it is only mildly improved from the 1.8L turbo-4 that won 10BE trophies ...

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Joined: 2011-08-08

There also were erroneous reports that the EA888 had a block made from compacted graphite iron. We confirmed with Volkswagen that the EA888 is NOT CGI.

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