Does (engine) size matter?

When it comes to engines, perhaps not.

Manufacturers are continuously improving engine efficiency and performance, which is why we’re all seeing more power out of ever smaller engines. However, is driver perception up to speed?


In the past, fleet policies tended to reflect the view that engine size increases in line with seniority. Although the policies may have changed since then, the perception remains that a greater engine capacity is equal to better performance and therefore an increased driver experience.

The reality is manufacturers are changing the way they power their vehicles; smaller engines are offering more power than ever before...



Turbo chargers. Superchargers. Hybridisation. Technology is stimulating engine change which in turn is reaping greater power efficiency. That means you can reduce the size of an engine but keep (or even increase) the power.

Cars are getting lighter too which makes them even nippier out of the blocks.



Under Pressure

With an EU car target of 130g of CO2 by 2015 (and a teeny tiny 95g by 2020), a manufacturers’ success will hinge on selling clean, economical engines which meet their consumers’ demand for tip-top performance.

Here’s a real example of this shift in action, the lovely VW Golf:

VW Golf engine size comparison: 2011 to 2014

Fleet Experience 

The average engine size of sold fleet vehicles is decreasing with vigour. Drivers and companies are seeking out lower capacity engines when vehicles come up for replacement. The benefits of reduced fuel consumption and taxation are financially and environmentally pleasing plus, thanks to the EU-related surge in engine technology, they’re getting just as much bang for their buck so there’s no compromise needed!

You can download all of this info in our one-page engine size fact sheet. If you like that one, we have more fact sheets and helpful guides in our download area.

If you have questions or want more info just get in touch.