Every car model comes with its own specifications in order to appeal to range of different consumers and their needs. After all, if every car was exactly the same the prospect of buying a new car wouldn’t be so exciting! One of the things that differentiates one car from another is their engine size. After all, powerful cars tend to have much larger engines to work with whereas city cars usually have the smallest engine possible. Here at V12 Sports and Classics we like to ensure that every customer understands what they are purchasing which is why we are going to go over engine size and assess how it can affect a cars performance…

The Meaning

Other terms for engine size are ‘engine capacity’ and ‘engine displacement’ and they measure how much space the pistons have to operate in. Without over complicating the science, the higher the number, the more air and fuel the pistons can push through the engine during a revolution and it is this power that is referred to as horsepower. These numbers are written in cubic centimetres (cc).

1.0 Engine vs 2.0 Engine

Engines are often given a numerical value in order simplify the amount of power they can provide and usually a bigger number tells us that a car is more powerful and therefore more expensive to purchase and run. For example, 1.0 engines are the least powerful engines on the market and the main difference between these and 2.0 engines is amount of air and fuel they are able to burn per revolution. The more air and fuel an engine can burn, the more power it will produce which means that a 2.0 engine is more powerful than a 1.0 engine because it is able to burn fuel faster.


Since larger engines are able to burn more fuel in comparison to smaller engines they also provide a better performance for the driver. For example, they are often able to accelerate much quicker which is why a car being able to do 0 to 60 in ten seconds is so impressive. In addition to this, a large engine also means that the engine is often able to tow and carry heavier loads without impacting fuel efficiency and speed. On the other hand, smaller engines often take much longer to increase speed because they cannot burn air and fuel as quickly which is why they are suited for drivers who stick to city roads rather than motorways.

Here at V12 car dealerships our range of used cars are equipped with a variety of different engine sizes in order to suit your requirements. For example, a driver travelling from A to B may benefit from the fuel efficiency of a 1.0 engine city car compared to a long distance traveller that frequently uses the motorway who may require the power of a 1.8 engine car. To find out more information, get in contact with a member of the team today!