What does Volkswagen 2.0T mean?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs on Thursday, May 14th, 2020 at 5:22 pm
A family files into a 2021 Volkswagen Atlas

2.0T Meaning and Popularity

If you’ve been looking around at new Volkswagen models, you may have noticed the phrase 2.0T being batted around. Often, this moniker is pasted on the end of a trim level. What exactly is 2.0T?


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When written at the end of a Volkswagen model name or trim level, the designation “2.0T” refers to the engine used in the vehicle it’s applied to. That engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder powerplant.

Many modern cars are powered by this set-up, even outside of the VW wheelhouse. Each major automaker produces and utilizes their own variation of it.

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When did Volkswagen start adding 2.0T engines to its vehicles?

A few years ago, Volkswagen began replacing its 1.8T engines with 2.0T engines. The automaker managed to increase displacement levels to 2.0 liters by increasing the piston stroke length during the compression cycle. They also added something called the Budak cycle, which is the VW version of the Atkinson cycle.

Many modern Volkswagen vehicles come standard with a 2.0T engine. Some models offer a more powerful available engine in addition to this. The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas, for example, comes with a standard 2.0T powerplant, but offers an available 3.6-liter V6.

Why are 2.0T engines so popular?

Turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engines are notable for being small and light, yet powerful. They provide a good amount of power and torque, making them fun to drive. At the same time, they get good fuel-economy ratings and their small size allows for more economical use of space.

What does 2.0T mean?

The designation “2.0T” comes from the fact that the engine’s displacement is about 2.0 liters, which is equivalent to 2,000 CC. As a result, 2.0T engines provide a lot of power. As noted above, they are also light and compact. 2.0T engines can be turbocharged easily and provide good fuel efficiency.

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