After all, who uses whose engines?

I bet you've been asked this question: "What car does your engine use?". The answer is not always obvious about who uses whose engines. For further info, click here: v10 life expectancy

With the sharing of components that currently exist between brands, it is not difficult to buy cars from one brand with engines coming from another . Take the example of Mercedes-Benz, which also uses Renault engines . But it is not the only case. Quite the contrary ...

I have owned a Swedish car myself, which had a Japanese platform and a French engine - with so many mixtures it had everything to go wrong, but no. It was an excellent car. I sold it with more than 400 000 km and it still goes around… and according to my mechanic, it was reprogrammed! Problems? None. I just had to replace the wearing parts (belts, filters and a turbo) and make the revisions in time.

That said, we have condensed all the brands currently on sale in Portugal into one article . In this list you can find out which brands share engines.

From Alfa Romeo to Volvo, they are all here. And to make the reading a little more interesting, we completed the descriptions with some historical examples.

Alfa Romeo

The well-known Italian brand naturally uses engines from the FCA Group (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles). In addition to these, it also uses engines from Ferrari - which no longer belongs to the FCA Group. The Giulia and Stelvio , in the Quadrifoglio version, make use of a V6 engine, derived from the V8 used by Ferrari. In the remaining versions, FCA engines reign.

Aston Martin

In 2016, Aston Martin signed an agreement with Mercedes-AMG for the transfer of technology (electronic systems) and V8 engines. V12 engines remain 100% Aston Martin, but 4.0 V8 engines today have the base of the Mercedes-AMG M178 engine.


Audi uses engines from the Volkswagen Group. The smaller engines are transversal to SEAT, Volkswagen and Skoda. The larger engines are shared with Porsche, Bentley and Lamborghini.


Except for the Mulsanne, which uses the historic 6.75 V8 engine, which has been active for 60 years - its production ends this year in 2020 - the remaining Bentley models use engines from the Volkswagen Group.


Today all BMW engines are developed by the brand itself. But we need only go back five years to find the 1.6 HDI engines of the PSA Group in the small MINI. If we want to go further back in time, until the first generation of the MINI, we would find in this model Toyota diesel engines (1.4 D4-D) and Tritec gasoline.


Be amazed. The technological base of the Bugatti Chiron / Veyron W16 8.0 l block is the same as that of the Volkswagen Group's VR6 engine. The same engine that we could find in the Golf VR6, Corrado VR6 or Sharan 2.8 VR6.


Citroën uses engines from the PSA Group, that is, it uses the same engines as Peugeot.

If we go back to the 1960s, we find an exception, the Citroën SM which used a V6 engine from Maserati. Beautiful, but a disgrace in terms of reliability.


Dacia uses Renault engines. As an example, in Sandero we find the engines that make “school” in Clio, read 0.9 TCe and 1.5 dCi and more recently, 1.0 TCe and 1.3 TCe.