9 best engines of 2009

Esteemed journalists from all over the world cite the best engines of 2009.
Jun 18, 2009

A board of 65 of the most respected journalists from 32 countries have declared the Volkswagen's 1.4-liter TSI Twincharger as the International Engine of the Year.

Volkswagen's TSI Twincharger unseated the two-year champ, the 3-liter DI Twin Turbo from BMW, as it impressed journalists with its power and performance.

"It was an easy choice. TSI combines outstanding refinement with terrific performance and low consumption and emissions," international automotive journalist Peter Robinson said.

Aside from the top recognition, Volkswagen's 1.4-liter TSI Twincharger engine was given the Best Green Car of the Year award and it also bested all other cars in the 1-liter to 1.4-liter engine displacement segment.

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2009 International Engine of the Year:

1. Volkswagen 1.4-liter TSI Twincharger (VW Golf, Golf Variant, Scirocco, Eos, Jetta, Touran, Tiguan, Seat Ibiza Cupra)
2. BMW 3-liter DI Twin Turbo (135, 335, X6, Z4, 730)
3. Audi 2-liter TFSI (Audi A4, A5, Q5, VW Scirocco, Golf GTI)
4. Mercedes-Benz Diesel 2.1-liter (BlueEfficiency C-Class, BlueEfficiency E-Class)
5. BMW 4-litre V8 (M3)
6. Mercedes-AMG 6.2-liter (CLK, S, SL, CL, CLS, ML)
7. BMW-PSA 1.6-liter Turbo (Mini Cooper S, Clubman, Peugeot 207 308, Mini John Cooper Works)
8. Toyota 1-liter (Aygo, IQ, Yaris/Vitz, Citroën C1, Peugeot 107, Subaru Justy)

Green Engine of the Year:

 

1. Volkswagen 1.4-liter TSI Twincharger (VW Golf, Golf Variant, Scirocco, Eos, Jetta, Touran, Tiguan, Seat Ibiza Cupra)
2. Honda Hybrid 1.3-liter (Insight Civic)
3. BMW Diesel 2-liter Twin Turbo (123d)
4. BMW Diesel 3-liter Twin Turbo (335d, 535d, 635d, X3, X5, X6)
5. Mercedes-Benz Diesel 2.1-liter (BlueEfficiency E-Class, BlueEfficiency C-Class)
6. Ford Hybrid 2.5-liter (Ford Fusion Hybrid, Mercury Milan)

Best Engines in the 1-liter to 1.4-litre Category:

1. Volkswagen 1.4-liter TSI Twincharger (Golf, Golf Variant, Scirocco, Eos, Jetta, Touran, Tiguan, Seat Ibiza Cupra)
2. Volkswagen 1.4-liter TSI Turbo (Golf, Golf Plus, Golf Variant, Scirocco, Eos, Jetta, Passat, Skoda Octavia, Audi A3, Seat Leon, Altea, Škoda Superb)
3. Fiat 1.4-liter Turbo (Fiat Abarth 500, Abarth Grande Punto, Linea, Bravo, Lancia Delta, Alfa Romeo Mito)
4. Honda Hybrid 1.3-liter (Insight, Civic)
5. BMW-PSA 1.4-liter stop/start (Mini One, One Clubman)
6. Fiat-GM Diesel 1.3-liter (Ford Ka, Fiat 500, Panda, Grande Punto, Qubo, Linea, Doblo. Musa, Lancia Ypsilon, Opel Agila/Suzuki Splash, Opel Meriva, Tigra, Combo, Corsa, Astra, Suzuki Ignis)

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Mercedes-Benz's AMG 6.2-liter powerplant is another big winner as it bagged two awards this year: Best Performance Engine and Best Engine in the above 4-liter category.

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Best Performance Engine of the Year:

1. Mercedes-AMG 6.2-liter (CLK, S, SL, CL, CLS, ML)
2. BMW 5-liter V10 (M5, M6)
3. Jaguar 5-liter V8 Supercharged (XF, XK)
4. Porsche 3.8-liter flat six (GT3)
5. BMW 4-liter V8 (M3)
6. Ferrari 6-liter V12 (599 GTB)

Best Engines in the Above 4-liter Category:

1. Mercedes-AMG 6.2-liter (CLK, S, SL, CL, CLS, ML)
2. BMW 5-liter V10 (M5, M6)
3. Jaguar 5-liter V8 Supercharged (XF, XK)
4. BMW 4.4-liter DI Turbo (750i, X6)
5. Cadillac 6.2-liter V8 Supercharged (CTS-V)
6. Lexus Hybrid 5-liter V8 (LS600h)

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Best New Engine of 2009:

1. Porsche 3.8-liter flat six DI (911)
2. BMW diesel 3-liter (330d, 730d, 530d, X3, X5)
3. BMW 4.4-liter DI Turbo (750i, X6)
4. Jaguar 5-liter V8 Supercharged (XF, XK)
5. Mercedes-Benz diesel 2.1-liter (BlueEfficiency C-Class, BlueEfficiency E-Class)
6. Audi 2-liter four-cylinder TFSI (Audi A4, A5, Q7, VW Scirocco, Golf GTI)

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Best Engine in the Sub-1-liter Category:

1. Toyota 1-liter three-cylinder (Aygo, IQ, Yaris/Vitz, Citroën C1, Peugeot 107, Subaru Justy)
2. Smart Diesel 799cc (Smart Fortwo)
3. Mitsubishi 999cc turbo (Smart Fortwo)
4. Opel 1-liter three-cylinder twinport (Opel Agila, Corsa, Suzuki Splash)
5. Mitsubishi 999cc three-cylinder (Smart Fortwo)
6. Kia 1-liter four-cylinder (Picanto)


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Best Engine in the 1.4-liter to 1.8-litre Category:

1. BMW-PSA 1.6-liter Turbo (Mini Cooper S, Clubman, Peugeot 207, 308)
2. Toyota Hybrid 1.8-liter (Prius)
3. Audi 1.8-liter TFSI (Audi A4, A3, A5, TT, Seat León, Altea, Toledo, Skoda Octavia, Superb, VW Passat)
4. Mercedes-Benz 1.8-liter turbo (BlueEfficiency E-Class)
5. Opel 1.6-liter turbo (Corsa, Astra, Insignia)
6. Fiat Diesel 1.6-liter JTD (Alfa Romeo Mito, Fiat Bravo, Lancia Delta)

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Best Engine in the 1.8-liter to 2-liter Category:

1. Audi 2-liter TFSI (Audi A4, A5, Q5, VW Scirocco, Golf GTI)
2. BMW Diesel 2-liter Twin Turbo (123d)
3. Audi 2-liter four-cylinder TFSI (Audi A6, A3, TT, VW Tiguan, Eos, Jetta, Tiguan, Škoda Octavia, Seat Altea, León, Exeo)
4. Mercedes-Benz 1.8-liter BlueEfficiency (E-Class)
5. Honda 2-liter four-cylinder (S2000)
6. Subaru Diesel 2-liter (Impreza, Outlook, Forester)

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Best Engine in the 2-liter to 2.5-litre Engine of the Year:

1. Mercedes-Benz Diesel 2.1-liter (BlueEfficiency E-Class, BlueEfficiency C-Class)
2. Audi 2.5-liter five-cylinder Turbo (Audi TT RS)
3. Subaru 2.5-liter flat-four Turbo (Forester, Impreza, Legacy)
4. Peugeot-Citroën-Ford Diesel 2.2-liter (Citroën C5, C6, C8, Peugeot 407, 607, 807, Citroën C-Crosser, Land Rover Freelander, Mitsubishi Outlander, Peugeot 4007, Ford Mondeo, S-Max, Galaxy, Jaguar X-Type)
5. BMW 2.5-liter DI six-cylinder (Z4)
6. Honda 2.4-liter four-cylinder (Element, CR-V, Edix, Elysion, Odyssey, Accord/Acura TSX, Accord USA)

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Best Engine in the 2.5-liter to 3-litre Category:

1. BMW 3-liter DI Twin Turbo (135, 335, X6, Z4, 730)
2. BMW Diesel 3-liter Twin Turbo (335d, 535d, 635d, X3, X5, X6)
3. Audi 3-liter DI Supercharged (S4)
4. Porsche 2.9-liter flat-six DI (Boxster, Cayman)
5. Audi/VW Diesel 3-liter V6 (A4, A5, A6, A6 allroad, A8, Q7, VW Touareg, Phaeton, Porsche Cayenne)
6. Jaguar/Ford/PSA Diesel 3-litre (XF)

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