BMW and VW Diesels Among 10 Best Engines for 2010

By Jonathan Spira on 10 December 2009
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Two clean-diesel engines were among the ten best engines for 2010, as selected by Ward’s, an automotive news and data provider.

BMW's Advanced Diesel Engine

BMW's Advanced Diesel Engine

Six editors from Ward’s nominated a total of 34 engines available in regular production cars in the United States priced no more than $54,000.

The two diesel winners were BMW, for its 3.0-liter six-cylinder twin-turbocharged and direct-injected Advanced Diesel engine powering the 335d sedan, and Volkswagen, for its 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel engine powering the Jetta SportWagen TDI.

The BMW 335d is the fastest diesel-powered passenger car sold in the U.S., capable of zero-to-sixty in under six seconds.  It is also the most fuel efficient car BMW has ever sold in the U.S., capable of achieving 36 mpg (6.5 l/100 km) on the highway.  The Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI gets 40 mpg (5.8 l/100 km).

Engines employing hybrid-electric technology from Ford and Toyota were also named winners, as were engines from Audi, Chevrolet, General Motors, Hyundai, and Subaru.

The awards will be given during the North American International Auto Show next month in Detroit.