Ever wondered what those letters attached to your car mean? Have you ever been in traffic and wondered what on earth is the difference between a CDTI and a TFSI? In this blog, we take a look at the meanings behind various engine names and what the acronyms stand for.
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Standing for turbo benzina injection, TBi is the petrol turbo engine. ‘Benzina’ is Italian for petrol.
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TFSI stands for Turbo fuel stratified injection - essentially a petrol engine with a turbo.
TDI stands for turbocharged direct injection - a turbo diesel.
DCI stands for diesel common rail injection - a diesel turbocharged engine.
Honda builds unique engines and this translates into how they name them, too.
i-VTEC stands for ‘intelligent valve timing electronic control’ and can be a turbo and non-turbo petrol engine. A common engine found throughout the range including the Civic.
This stands for ‘intelligent diesel technology electronic control’.
A type of Hyundai "Gamma" engine. GdI stands for gasoline direct injection and is used to describe Kia and Hyundai’s naturally aspirated petrol engine. Found in the i20 and up for Hyundai and the Kia Rio.
Another of Hyundai's "Gamma" engines. TGDI stands for ‘turbocharged gasoline direct injection’, and is Kia and Hyundai’s turbocharged petrol engine. You can find the TGDi in the Tucson and Kia Optima.
A part of Hyundai's "U" engines. CRDi stands for ‘common rail direct injection’, usually paired with a turbocharger. Common among most Hyundai and Kia models.
Land Rover's eD4 engine is the Ford TDCI engine rebadged and is Land Rover's 2WD turbocharged diesel engine. The 4 stands for the number of direct fuel injectors. One can assume that ED4 could stand for Economical Diesel (4). Most common in the Range Rover Evoque.
Si4 is Land Rover's 4 cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. The "S" stands for sequential, the "i" presumably means injection, and the 4 references the cylinders.
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VTI means variable valve lift and timing injection and is MGs naturally aspirated and economical petrol engines. It's from the Rover K-Series and not the same engines as the PSA group although it is extremely similar.
TGI stands for Turbocharged gasoline injection and is MG's turbo petrol engine. It's a rebadged GDI engine.
DI-D stands for Direct Injection diesel. Common in most models including the Outlander.
DCI for Nissan is the same as Renault’s diesel common rail injection engine. Jukes make good use of this engine.
DiG-T stands for Direct Injection Gasoline Turbocharged and is Nissan’s more powerful but still economical petrol engine. Popular with Qashqais.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on 11th September 2018 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.