The 1.5 TSI EVO produces 150 hp, making it the petrol alternative to the 2.0 TDI with the same power. If we exclude all sports and special versions of the Golf range, this is the "top of the range", and has as much horsepower as the fourth generation Golf GTI (1.8 20v Turbo). They are only available with the Sport trim, the highest of the base Golf range.
Performance is more than adequate for a small engine: 216 km/h top speed and 0-100 acceleration in 8.3 seconds. Downsizing came to the Golf in the fifth generation, when the first batch of TSI engines, then with volumetric compressor and turbo at the same time, could produce 170 hp with a 1.4. This engine is a middle ground. It delivers 250 Nm at 1,500 RPM, an interesting value at least.
It gets 5 l/100 km of petrol, a not too unrealistic figure considering what the 1.4 TSI is capable of. In fact, in other markets there will be Bluemotion versions with the 1.5 TSI EVO capped at 130 hp, but in Spain there will only be Bluemotion with 1.6 TDI engine. The new TSI EVO engines can run occasionally as two-cylinder, have Stop&Start and will be equipped with particulate filter later: from the factory they leave without it and you can not do a "retrofit", as the engineers explained to me at the presentation.
It will be available with six-speed manual gearbox or seven-speed DSG automatic. Unlike several competitors, it still has the right number of cylinders -four-, so it is still a step above in terms of pleasure of use and perception of low noise and vibration.