As we mentioned earlier, the two-liter diesel four-banger under the hood is of Volkswagen origin, but something must have happened to it along the long way from Germany to Mexico (ed, where the Journey is manufactured). First of all, it doesn't sound like the 2.0 TDI under any VAG Group vehicle, Common Rail or not. From outside the car it sounds like turbocharged farming equipment, while as a passenger you get the impression it ran out of oil and all you hear are metal parts moving against each other.
Technically a good engine from a number of reasons, including power, noise levels and fuel consumption, the two-liter oil-burner loses almost all its qualities once under the Journey's hood. It makes the car feel as underpowered as a wind-powered four-tonne truck and it sounds a lot worse than on its Volkswagen counterparts. The fuel economy is the only thing that remains impressive about it, with 10.5-11 liters of fuel per every 100 kilometers (US 21-22 mpg) in busy city-driving and an impressive 6-6.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (US 36-39 mpg) on the open road.
The six-speed double-clutch transmission made by Getrag is impressive enough mostly by making us think it was a regular old school torque converter automatic. And we're not talking about the time it takes to change gears, since that was faster than any hand-feet coordination ever. It was its smoothness, so unlike any other sequential transmission we've ever experienced. The Journey marks a premiere, since it's the first Dodge product to be provided with a double-clutch gearbox.Continue reading