Direct Injection Buyer's Guide

By James Bradbury

October 12, 2011

Way back in Issue 49 of Winding Road, we put together a list of all of the direct-injection engines then on sale in the US. The intervening years have seen an explosion in popularity of this technology, as evidenced by this new version of the DI list.

Below, you’ll find a compellation of DI engines, organized by automaker and model that you can go out and buy today. (Okay, in a few cases you may have to wait a few weeks, but you get the picture.) Considering the extra power and economy that come with DI tech, we think this guide should be a valuable first read before you pick out your next car. Happy hunting. 

2.0-liter, turbocharged inline-4. Applications: A3, A4, A5, A6, Q5, TT, TTS
2.0-liter turbo-diesel inline-4. Applications: A3 TDI
3.0-liter supercharged V-6. Applications: S4, S5, A6, A7, Q7
3.0-liter turbo-diesel V-6. Applications: Q7 TDI
3.2-liter V-6. Applications: Q5
4.2-liter V-8. Applications: S5, RS5, A8, A8L, R8
5.2-liter V-10. Applications: R8
6.3-liter W-12. Applications: A8L
2.0-liter inline-4. Applications: Z4
3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-6. Applications: 135i, I Series M Coupe, 335is, 535i, X3, X5, Z4
3.0-liter turbo-diesel inline-6. Applications: 335d, X5
4.4-liter turbocharged V-8. Applications: 550i, 550iGT, 650i, 750i, X5, X5M, X6, X6M (also upcoming M5)
6.0-liter turbocharged V-12. Applications: 760Li
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 (sourced from GM). Applications: Karma

4.3-liter V-8. Applications: California
4.5-liter V-8. Applications: 458 Italia, SA Aperta
6.3-liter V-12. Applications: FF
2.0-liter inline-4. Applications: Focus
2.0-liter “EcoBoost” turbocharged inline-4. Applications: Edge, MKX, Explorer, Focus ST (upcoming, 2012)
3.5-liter “EcoBoost” turbocharged V-6. Applications: Taurus SHO/MKS, Flex/MKT, F-150
General Motors
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4. Applications: Buick Regal, Buick Regal GS
2.4-liter inline-4. Applications: Buick Verano, Buick Regal, Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain
3.0-liter V-6. Applications: Chevrolet Equinox, Cadillac CTS
3.6-liter V-6. Applications: Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, Buick LaCrosse, Buick Enclave, Cadillac CTS, Cadillac SRX
1.6-liter inline-4. Applications: Accent, Veloster
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4. Applications: Sonata, Genesis Coupe
2.4-liter inline-4. Applications: Sonata, Tucson, Santa Fe
3.8-liter V-6. Applications: Genesis
5.0-liter V-8. Applications: Genesis R-Spec, Equus
5.0-liter V-8. Applications: XF, XJ, XK
5.0-liter supercharged V-8. Applications: XF, XFR, XJ, XJ Supersport, XK, XKR
1.6-liter inline-4. Applications: Rio, Soul
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4. Applications: Optima, Sportage
2.4-liter inline-4. Applications: Optima, Sportage, Sorento
5.2-liter V-10. Applications: Gallardo
Land Rover
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4. Applications: Range Rover Evoque
5.0-liter V-8. Applications: LR4, Range Rover
5.0-liter supercharged V-8. Applications: Range Rover Sport
2.5-liter V-6. Applications: IS250
3.5-liter V-6. Applications: IS350, GS350, GS450H
4.6-liter V-8. Applications: LS460
5.0-liter V-8. Applications: IS-F, LS600h
2.0-liter inline-4. Applications: Mazda3 SkyActiv
2.3-liter turbocharged inline-4. Applications: Mazdaspeed3, CX-7
1.8-liter turbocharged inline-4. Applications: C250, SLK250,
3.0-liter turbo-diesel V-6. Applications: E350 BlueTec, S350 BlueTec, GL350 BlueTec, ML350 BlueTec, R350 BlueTec, Sprinter
3.5-liter V-6. Applications: C350, E350, SLK350, ML350, R350
4.6-liter turbocharged V-8. Applications: CL550, CLS550, E550, S550
5.5-liter turbocharged V-8. Applications: CL63 AMG, CLS63 AMG, E63 AMG, S63 AMG, SLK55 AMG
1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4. Applications: Cooper S, Cooper JCW, Clubman Cooper S, Clubman Cooper JCW, Coupe Cooper S, Coupe Cooper JCW, Countryman Cooper S
1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4. Applications: Juke
3.0-liter supercharged V-6. Applications: Panamera Hybrid, Cayenne Hybrid
2.9-liter flat-6. Applications: Boxster, Cayman
3.4-liter flat-6. Applications: Boxster, Cayman
3.6-liter flat-6. Applications: 911
3.6-liter V-6. Applications: Panamera, Cayenne
3.8-liter flat-6. Applications: 911
3.8-liter turbocharged flat-6. Applications: 911
4.8-liter V-8. Applications: Panamera, Cayenne
4.8-liter turbocharged V-8. Applications: Panamera, Cayenne
Rolls Royce
6.7-liter V-12. Applications: Ghost, Phantom
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4. Applications: 9-3, 9-5

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4. Applications: Golf GTI, Golf R, Jetta GLI, Beetle, EOS, CC, Tiguan
2.0-liter turbo-diesel inline-4. Applications: Golf TDI, Jetta TDI, Jetta TDI Sportwagon, Beetle TDI (upcoming, 2012), Passat TDI
3.0-liter turbo-diesel V-6. Applications: Taureg TDI
3.0-liter supercharged V-6. Applications: Touareg Hybrid
3.6-liter V-6. Applications: CC, Passat, Taureg