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TSI Engines

Volkswagen's award-winning technology

TSI is Volkswagen's award-winning technology for petrol engines. It results in excellent drivability and instant acceleration as you shift gears. It comes with impressively low fuel consumption - plus, overtaking is easier and safer than ever.

Direct petrol injection with charging

Direct petrol injection is combined with a turbocharger. This enhances the engine's combustion efficiency so the TSI engine power output is much higher than that of conventional, naturally aspirated engines.

Torque when you want it

TSI engines are designed to deliver maximum torque at a low rpm (from 1500 or 1750 rpm). Not only does this increase your driving pleasure, but also cuts fuel consumption.

Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG)

The DSG is a type of dual-clutch transmission. This transmission allows for rapid, single-motion shifting which increases the driving responsiveness of the car.

In comparison, a conventional automatic or manual transmission has to shift out of gear, move to the next gear, and then shift into that gear. On the other hand, a DSG can shift out of one gear straight into the next in one fluid motion. This not only increases the responsiveness and reduces the shifting period, but also avoids excessive wear and tear.

The DSG comprises one compact unit of sensors that uses information such as engine speed, road speed, accelerator position and driving mode to select the optimum gear and to determine the ideal shift point.

Advanced Electronic Differential Lock (XDS)

XDS is an advanced electronic differential lock, linked to a sophisticated Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP) system.

We designed it to maximise road holding and improve responses, especially when cornering. In moments of fast cornering XDS gives out exactly the right amount of power, providing pressure on the inside wheel to prevent wheel spinning.

The result is better traction and a reduction of any tendency to understeer. You'll experience a more agile, precise and calm driving performance with better traction out of bends. In other words, you can enjoy sporty driving in your Volkswagen, knowing you have a reassuringly higher level of safety.

Progressive Steering

Conventional steering systems use a constant steering ratio. As the name implies, progressive steering is based on a progressive steering ratio.

This significantly reduces the effort required for low-speed maneuvering and parking. On twisting roads and at junctions, the driver will notice a more dynamic response as a result of the more direct steering.

In addition, the need to change hands is significantly reduced. In technical terms, progressive steering features variable tooth spacing on the rack and pinion and a more powerful electric motor than the standard electromechanical steering.


On all MQB models with the 4MOTION all-wheel drive system, power is distributed between front and rear axles on an infinitely variable basis by a multi-plate clutch. Normally, power is mainly transmitted to the front axle, which saves energy.

However, in the event of an impending loss of traction, the rear axle is activated in a fraction of a second. This is why 4MOTION is considered to be a permanently engaged four-wheel-drive system. The distribution of power to all four wheels becomes active when a wheel slip is detected, and loss of traction is therefore virtually excluded.

Our Tiguan Allspace R-Line model also has a special Terrain Mode where you can choose between different driving modes that cater to different terrains. The available modes are Snow mode, On-Road mode, Off-Road mode and Off-Road custom.

What are you torque-ing about? 

Let's talk about torque

In the 1st episode of "What are you torque-ing about?", we break down what those numbers really mean, and how Volkswagen does torque better.

Watch the full video to find out how our cars are built to enhance your daily driving experience with higher torque at lower RPM

The difference between torque and horsepower 

Still unsure about how torque works? Watch to understand the difference between torque and horsepower and how it ultimately makes your drive in a Volkswagen an enjoyable one. 


What makes a Volkswagen's performance special?

A Volkswagen's torque at low rpm, coupled with lightning-quick DSG transmission, equals driving experience unlike any other. Discover power, efficiency, and the best torque in town today.

Torque About Effortless Drive

The Tiguan Allspace R-Line's packs a punch with its 2.0TSI engine, 220PS and 350Nm of torque. This is the ultimate 7-seater SUV, and that's what we're torque-ing about. 

Exemplary power and torque with the Passat R-Line

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Get exhilarated from acceleration

Thrill your senses with the Arteon R-Line.

Equipped with a 2.0TSI engine and 7-speed DSG, the Arteon R-Line offers you a powerful, enjoyable and fuel efficient drive. 

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