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International Engine of the Year 2018 Review

Sub 1-Litre


Results

ENGINE POINTS
Volkswagen 999cc three-cylinder turbo
(Volkswagen Golf, Up, Up GTI, Polo, T-Roc, Audi A1, A3, Q2, Seat Ibiza, Arona, Toledo, Ateca, Leon, Skoda Fabia, Rapid, Karoq)
283
Ford 999cc three-cylinder turbo
(Ford Fiesta, Focus, C-Max, Grand C-Max, Mondeo, EcoSport)
267
BMW 647cc two-cylinder electric-gasoline range-extender
(BMW i3, i3S)
127
Honda 988cc three-cylinder turbo
(Honda Civic)
95
Renault / Nissan 898cc three-cylinder turbo
(Renault Clio, Captur, Twingo, Dacia Sandero, Logan MCV, Smart Fortwo, Forfour, Nissan Micra)
74
General Motors 999cc three-cylinder turbo
(Opel Adam, Corsa, Astra)
61

Winner's Interview

Cars

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THIS IS VOLKSWAGEN’S FIRST IEOTYA WIN SINCE 2014

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TSI HAS ENDED SIX YEARS OF FORD ECOBOOST RULE

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THE 1.0 THREE-CYLINDER IS BRILLIANT IN THE UP GTI

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THE TSI MOTOR FEATURES A SINGLE-SCROLL TURBO

❝ VW’s 1.0 TSI is everything you’d want in a downsized three-cylinder design: refined, responsive and real-world fuel-efficient. But perhaps what’s most impressive is its flexibility, powering many applications across four brands ❞

Dean Slavnich, International Engine of the Year Awards

Review

Technical Specification
Volkswagen 1.0 TSI

  • engine capacity: 999cc
  • number of cylinders: 3
  • power output: 115ps
  • bore x stroke: 75.4 x 76.4mm
  • compression ratio: 10.5:1
Ford’s dominance in the Sub 1-litre category can’t be questioned. In the past six years, the Blue Oval’s supreme 1.0 EcoBoost has won this grouping each and every time, and mostly with ease and at a canter.

In 2017, however, it faced a huge challenge from Volkswagen’s 1.0 triple. Having trailed 29 points with four judges to vote, it seemed Detroit was finally going to lose its crown until those last four votes rolled in, with huge scoring for the Fiesta/ Focus heart.

But 2018 finally signals a true end of era in this class. Wolfsburg has come out on top, turning around the 13-point deficit of last year to a 16-point advantage this year.

“This three-cylinder is a great example of how engine downsizing can be done properly,” said new jury member Dave Humphreys, who sided for TSI over EcoBoost.

Marc Noordeloos, US jury member, agreed: “It’s fun in the Up GTI and ultra-efficient in other applications. Well done, VW!”

It’s testament to the Ford threepot that, after being launched seven years ago, it was only two votes away from claiming its seventh Sub 1-litre title, in the process smashing newer downsized developments from the likes of Hyundai-Kia, Honda and BMW. But it just didn’t have enough to overcome the VW triple, which most recently has been refreshed for the Up GTI.

Part of the EA211 engine family, and introduced in 2015, the 1.0 base has flexibility that can’t be rivalled in this class, featuring in a host of VW Group vehicles, from the Volkswagen T-Roc through to Audi A1 and A3, SEAT Arona and Ateca, and Škodia Fabia and Karoq (to name a few applications).

But it seems its latest incarnation for the Up GTI is what helped the TSI motor with its single-scroll turbo finally claim top spot. For the rangetopping Up model, 1.0 TSI serves up a punchy but board output plateau of 85kW spanning 5,000-5,500rpm and 200Nm available between 2,000 and 3,500rpm.