Engine Volkswagen CAVA

The 1.4-liter Volkswagen CAVA 1.4 TSI engine was produced by the concern from 2008 to 2015 and was installed only on the basic modifications of the very popular Tiguan crossover. This power unit is essentially a EURO 5 version of the well-known motor with the BWK index.

The EA111-TSI series includes: CBZA, CBZB, BMY, BWK, CAVA, CAVD, CAXA, CDGA, CTHA.


Production years 2008-2015
Displacement, cc 1390
Fuel system direct injection
Power output, hp 150
Torque output, Nm 240
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 76.5
Piston stroke, mm 75.6
Compression ratio 10.0
Features DOHC
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive chain
Phase regulator on the intake shaft
Turbocharging KKK K03 & Eaton TVS
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 3.6
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 5
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for VW Tiguan 2010)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~260 000
Weight, kg 130

The engine was installed on:

  • Volkswagen Sharan 2 (7N) in 2010 – 2015;
  • Volkswagen Tiguan 1 (5N) in 2008 – 2015.

Disadvantages of the VW CAVA engine

  • Many engine problems are related to detonation due to the quality of the fuel consumed.
  • Bad gasoline simply cracks pistons and many replace them with forged ones.
  • The intake valves here quickly overgrow with soot and the compression in the cylinders drops.
  • The timing chain has changed many modifications, but it rarely runs more than 100,000 km.
  • The turbine often fails the electronic control valve, as well as its wastegate.
  • The source of the coolant leak is most often located in the intercooler area.

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