Common Volkswagen abbreviations and their definitions

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQ on Monday, November 28th, 2016 at 8:33 am
What does Volkswagen Mk, TSI and MQB stand for?

What does Volkswagen Mk, TSI and MQB stand for?

Shopping for a new car is hard enough without having to go back and forth between your research and the search engine just to find out what different acronyms mean. If you’re looking for a VW, you’re likely to come across things like Mk, TSI and MQB, whether you’re researching a new car or looking at your pre-owned options. What do these acronyms stand for? We’ll define these ones and others, but don’t be surprised if some of the letters don’t quite match up. After all, Volkswagen is a German brand, so some acronyms don’t stem from English equivalents.

Most common VW acronyms

There are acronyms you’ll see everywhere, and then there are ones you might only find when you’re researching VW. Considering Volkswagen owns a number of brands, these aren’t all entirely unique to VW, and in the case of Mk, it’s more an industry standard, but one you’ll definitely come across for our brand.Golf MKI GTI

Mk: The current Golf is the MkVII, or mark 7. A mark in the automotive world is a generation, each of which represents a redesign. This word is more commonly used for European brands, and Volkswagen models are often referred to by their generation.

R-Line/Golf R: What does the R stand for here? The quick answer is “racing.” The Golf R is a performance model, while R-Line options offer sportier styling that are meant to remind you of the track.

Read More: What are Volkswagen R-Line trims?

DCC: Dynamic Chassis Control is available in other vehicles, true, but you may not see it abbreviated this way and it may have different branding. This feature adjusts the dampers to control the feel of the suspension and in some cases the steering response.

GLI: Grand Luxe Injected, the performance version of the Jetta

GTI: Grand Tourer Injection, or Gran Turismo Iniezione in Italian, is the abbreviation behind the hot hatch version of the Golf.

MIB: Modularen Infotainmentbaukasten, which translates into modular infotainment platform in English, is the name for the infotainment technology in Volkswagen models.

MQB: Modularer Querbaukasten (we told you there’d be German) is the new platform you hear about for models like the Volkswagen Golf. In English, we call it the Modular Traversal Toolkit.

TSI: This abbreviation stands for Turbocharged Stratified Injection. All U.S. models now have a turbocharged engine, and stratified injection simply means the fuel is injected into the cylinders before ignition. This way you get the best mix of oxygen and gas for improved efficiency. If you see TFSI instead, the F simply stands for “fuel.”

VAQ: Vorderachsquersperre is the name for the front limited-slip differential lock in the Golf GTI. It literally translates into front axle crossbar

Other Automotive Acronyms

Adaptive cruise control acc VW

ABS: Your Anti-Lock Braking System basically prevents your wheels from locking up when you press your brakes too hard.

ACC: A relatively new driver assistance feature, adaptive cruise control uses front sensors to “see” how close the car in front of you is, and if you are approaching it, reduces your speed to maintain following distance.

AWD: You’ll frequently see drivetrains abbreviated, as in the case of all-wheel drive. Watch out for FWD, RWD and 2WD (front, rear and two-wheel drive) too.

CPO: At Compass Volkswagen we’ll often talk about WorldAuto Certified Pre-Owned vehicles, which is what certified used cars are called from VW, but you might just see the abbreviation CPO.

DRL: Wouldn’t it be nice if you were more visible during the day? Anyone in a highly-reflective silver car knows what we’re talking about. Daytime running lights, or DRLs, are there to help shine a light on the situation.

DSG: A dual-clutch transmission is referred to as a direct-shift gearbox. Basically, you have an automatic transmission with two separate gearboxes and independent clutches to shift gears faster and smoother.

OBD: On-board diagnostics is basically the brain of your car. Take your vehicle to any service center and we can hook up a computer and get a good idea of what’s wrong with your car.

These are the top abbreviations we could think of, but it’s always possible we missed one or two that you’re seeing everywhere. If this is the case, feel free to leave us a comment below so we can add it to the list. Otherwise, be sure to check back here at the Compass Volkswagen Blog for more posts like this one.

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