Engine Volkswagen CBZA

The 1.2-liter turbocharged Volkswagen CBZA 1.2 TSI engine was assembled from 2010 to 2015 and installed on such popular concern models as the Caddy 3, the sixth generation Golf. Also, this power unit is often found under the hood of the Audi A1, Skoda Roomster or Fabia.

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


Production years 2010-2015
Displacement, cc 1197
Fuel system direct injection
Power output, hp 86
Torque output, Nm 160
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head aluminum 8v
Cylinder bore, mm 71
Piston stroke, mm 75.6
Compression ratio 10.0
Features SOHC
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive chain
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging IHI 1634
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 3.8
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 5
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for VW Caddy 2013)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~250 000

The engine was installed on:

  • Audi A1 1 (8X) in 2010 – 2014;
  • Seat Toledo 4 (KG) in 2012 – 2015;
  • Skoda Fabia 2 (5J) in 2010 – 2014;
  • Skoda Roomster 1 (5J) in 2010 – 2015;
  • Volkswagen Caddy 3 (2K) in 2010 – 2015;
  • Volkswagen Golf 6 (5K) in 2010 – 2012.

Disadvantages of the VW CBZA engine

  • The first years of production, the timing chain resource ranged from 30 to 50 thousand kilometers.
  • A reinforced version of the chain runs about 100,000 km, but jumps when stretched.
  • Turbine geometry and wastegate control drive has low reliability.
  • Many owners of cars with such a motor note vibrations at idle.
  • Also on specialized forums they often complain about a very long warm-up in the cold season.

2 thoughts on “Engine Volkswagen CBZA”

  1. brian thompson

    I’m a bit confused… Your excellent article on the CBZA engine mentions a timing chain. I can see mine has a long belt. Am I correct and do you know the replacement interval time or mileage for this, please?
    Brian T

    1. MyMotorList.com

      Perhaps for some countries these engines were also produced with a timing belt, but I know nothing about this.

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