Learn More About Volkswagen’s TSI Engines

By Product Expert | Posted in VW TSI on Tuesday, August 18th, 2015 at 1:42 am
What is Volkswagen TSI

What is Volkswagen TSI?

If you have kept up with improvements to Volkswagen vehicles throughout the past few years, you have probably heard of Volkswagen TSI engines. It is likely you know about TDI Clean Diesel, but you may be wondering about TSI as well. So, what is Volkswagen TSI, exactly? The least complicated answer is that VW TSI engines are the gas equivalent of the TDI engine, offering higher performance with less fuel consumption. Drivers may be aware that their TSI engine is a gas Volkswagen engine, but they may not know how this engine offers advantages over other gas engines.

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TSI stands for “turbocharged straight injection” and was inspired by the technology of Volkswagen’s TDI Clean Diesel and FSI direct fuel injection engines. The engine allows for higher torque at lower RPMs, which means more power with less fuel usage. TSI engines combine direct injection and turbocharging to offer impressive power while still providing incredible fuel efficiency.

An example of an efficient, high performing TSI engine can be found in the 2015 Volkswagen Passat. The base model of the Passat is equipped with a 170-horsepower 1.8T 4-cylinder TSI engine which can put out 184 lb.-ft. of torque. Despite this power, the Passat still reaches 24 city and 35 highway miles per gallon due to this state-of-the-art TSI technology.

VW TSI engine 2016 JettaThere are a few different versions of the TSI engine here in the US, mostly the 170-horsepower 1.8T 4-cylinder and 210-horsepower 2.0T 4-cylinder, both which achieve over 180 lb.-ft. of torque (2.0T engines achieve well above this number). The new, soon too be released 2016 Volkswagen Jetta will be equipped with a brand-new 150-horsepower 1.4T 4-cylinder TSI engine that can achieve 184 lb.-ft. of torque. Despite all this power, these engines still offer incredible fuel economy ratings. This means when it comes to either a fun ride or an efficient ride, the Volkswagen TSI engine provides the best of both worlds.

Apart from the 2015 Passat and 2016 Jetta, the TSI engine can also be found in the 2015 Jetta, 2015 Golf, 2015 Golf SportWagen, 2015 CC, and other models. If you would like to learn more about Volkswagen TSI engines and their technology, stop into Jennings Volkswagen. You can chat with our friendly and knowledgeable staff and even take a Volkswagen vehicle equipped with a TSI engine for a test drive. Volkswagen technology is constantly changing and always improving, and we are looking forward to seeing how the TSI engine evolves in the future.

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16 Responses to “Learn More About Volkswagen’s TSI Engines”

  1. My 2006 Diesel Beetle just was rear ended and while under repairs I got a 2015 PassatTSI – Wolfsburg Edition to drive. In 1/3 City and 2/3 Highway driving it averaged 40 MPG. The engine produced enduring power reserves without the 6 Speed AT constantly shifting. The elasticity of this engine/transmission combination is something the VW engineers should congratulated for. This is an awesome motor-car which the competition, whoever it is, will have a hard time to match. The handling is superb, the seats and interior comfort are equal. The lack of unnecessary electronic gadgets is wonderful. As an airplane pilot I find the manual touch sensitive all around controls especially gratifying. As you all well know, distraction leads to destruction, we need to drive totally focused. Wonderful automobile, not just a car.

  2. Doug says:

    I totally agree. I have owned a few TDIs and I love those cars. I needed a second car and got a ’14 jetta with the TSI. I was amazed how I could get 80% the fuel economy of the TDI in all my driving situations. I was sold. Since dieselgate I have converted to TSI.

  3. JOSHUA SHARPE says:

    Minor correction: TSI stands for Turbo Stratified Injection.

  4. Chris. Travo says:

    I had a 2011 Jetta TDI loved it , traded it in , for a 2015 GLI SEL DSG. loved it, traded it for a 2017 Passat R Line. 1.8. Love it , So comfortable to drive. You have to drive this car , it’s awesome. For the money .

    • Edgar Rodriguez says:

      I just traded in a 2011 Mazda 3, for a new 2017 VW Passat R-line… HUGE step up in build quality and looks. If you replace the VW badge w/ Audi, no one would question it. Loving the 1.8T TSI, all the torque at low rpm makes it seem like a bigger engine! I got mine in Platinum Grey, constantly get compliments on this car.

  5. Success says:

    I want to find out more about Golf 6 1,4 tsi engine performance does it decreases or keep constant speed when climbing the road mountains

    • Joyce hambright says:

      I have the 2016 vw 1.4 l engine not the golf 6 same engine though it pulls great no bog down at all I highly recommend

  6. Mary Fullerton says:

    After my perfect, but old Volvo S60 was totaled by a tiny low/no speed hit by an uninsured jerk, I was devastated! In October 2016, I reluctantly bought a used 2015 Wolfsberg Passat for $12,999 , and have been thrilled with the performance, mileage, and handling. A sweet ride, for sure. My first car was a Super Beetle, I’m hoping for better dependability and longevity, but couldn’t be happier so far!

    • blogsadmin says:

      We’re sorry to hear about your accident, Mary, but that’s at least you got an excellent deal! We’re glad to hear you’re liking it so far.

  7. "Hambone" Hamilton says:

    I traded a 3.8L GM car for the “17 passat 1.8L TSI…what a trade….power and outstanding fuel economy…..more leg room smoother ride….totally update technology good job VW

  8. Larry B says:

    Okay, lemme drop my two pennies down up in heya… 😉 alright I’m sorry I’m just kidding around with that, anyway I’m a longtime VW/Audi freak, I’ve had mkII GTI w/2.0 custom turbo motor, Neuspeed suspension, Autotech stainless exhaust and blah blah blah, 1996 Corrado VR6 2.9L (very rare bored out cylinder version of the 2.8L VR6, generally only found in the euro version of the Corrado, Jetta and Golf from 92-96ish) so sad the day that I had to sell that car…still sad and that was 11 years ago now…1996 Jetta mkIII 2.0 GLS again w/all types of mods, 2001 Jetta Wolfsburg 1.8T in black, again with the mods (I know I have an addiction but I build sleepers though at least. No spoilers and stickers and stupid boy racer garbage here!!)…and then I stepped up to the Audi. Oh boy. Mmmh. 2001 S4 2.7TT Quattro w/k04 stage III turbo kit (this car had 520 hp when I was done modifying it and it would easily smoke all types of sports cars), that car drove directly into the body of a deer that jumped into my lane on the highway of all places (I know, right!?) and I hit it straight on, obliterating the entire front of the car all the way up to the firewall practically…so sad…I was fine though thanks for asking ;-). Then 2006 S4 V8 all black w/black wheels, my first VW/Audi that I didn’t do any mods on. It was weird. Anyway awesome car, stupid idea trying to cram that giant engine into the B6 frame A4/S4 engine bay. They had to turn it around backwards and re-jigger all types of stuff related to the timing belt & serpentine belt. Bad idea. And it slowly fell apart on me. Now I have a 2007 A4 2.0T Quattro w/k04 stage III, about 350hp, all black again, and I took the super amazing Recaro seats out of my 2006 S4 and fit them into the A4 because I just couldn’t step back down to non-Recaro seats at this point. Anyway, it is in the shop right now being repaired because some idiot hit me during a recent severe snow storm here in Michigan and the shop that I do business with gives me VW or Audi loaner cars when I need work done. This time they gave me a brand new Jetta TSI with the 1.8 turbo motor and I love it! Ok, it’s not like my Audis in terms of being all-out brutal acceleration and things like that but it is soooo fun to drive, handles great, great power for how small the motor is, AND great fuel economy! It’s actually true what this blog is claiming, you can drive this Jetta TSI gently and it will just go and go and go on a tank of gas. Totally well done interior, very solid build, no rattles no squeaks no cheap plastics like you find in all of the American cars at the same price point as this TSI…I’m serious I would love to have this car as a daily driver and frankly the likelihood is high that I will be at my local VW dealer within maybe two weeks at the most after I have to give this one back!

    • blogsadmin says:

      That’s awesome Larry! Audi is, obviously, VW’s luxury brand, so hearing our simple little Jetta compared to it makes us swell with pride. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Lenguado says:

    Serious question. The article above states, “The least complicated answer is that VW TSI engines are the gas equivalent of the TDI engine, offering higher performance with less fuel consumption. . . . TSI stands for “turbocharged straight injection” and was inspired by the technology of Volkswagen’s TDI Clean Diesel and FSI direct fuel injection engines.”

    I am now going through the pain of turning my beloved 2010 Jetta SportWagen TDI over to VW through their buyback program, as all indications are that there will either be no fix available for the early Gen 1 vehicles, or – if there is a fix, it will destroy both the performance and fuel mileage of the absolutely wonderful TDI vehicles.

    I am currently looking at a GTI Sport with the TSI engine. If the TSI engines are based on the technology of and are the equivalent of the TDI engines, will purchasing a TSI engine be a huge mistake in that I may have to go back through this process if a “cheat mode” is found in these engines?

    Thanks much,

  10. Michelle says:

    Woude you advise me to bye a golf 1.4 Tsi I just want to no if thay are reliable cars

  11. Sam Conte says:

    What year did VW start using the direct 2.0 fuel injection gas engine in the GTI?

    Also what year did the go to the (individual) 4 coil ignition system in the same US sold car?

    Thank you Sam Conte

  12. Sakib says:

    I want to buy a reconditioned 1.4 litre tsi vw passat from japan. What’s ur opinion?

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