Engine Volkswagen AEY

The 1.9-liter naturally aspirated diesel engine VW AEY 1.9 SDI was assembled from 1995 to 2000 and was installed on economical versions of popular models of the company such as Caddy, Polo, Golf. This motor was distinguished by modest power, but low fuel consumption and high reliability.

The EA180 series also includes: 1Z, AFN, AHF, AHU, ALH, AVG, AKU, AEY.


Production years 1995-2000
Displacement, cc 1896
Fuel system direct injection
Power output, hp 64
Torque output, Nm 125
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head aluminum 8v
Cylinder bore, mm 79.5
Piston stroke, mm 95.5
Compression ratio 19.5
Features SOHC
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive belt
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-40
Engine oil capacity, liter 4.3
Fuel type diesel
Euro standards EURO 2
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for VW Golf 1996)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~500 000

The engine was installed on:

  • Seat Cordoba 1 (6K) in 1995 – 1999;
  • Seat Ibiza 2 (6K) in 1996 – 1999;
  • Seat Inca 1 (6K) in 1995 – 1999;
  • Volkswagen Caddy 2 (9K) in 1995 – 2000;
  • Volkswagen Golf 3 (1H) in 1995 – 1997;
  • Volkswagen Polo 3 (6N) in 1995 – 1999;
  • Volkswagen Vento 1 (1H) in 1995 – 1998.

Disadvantages of the VW AEY engine

  • On specialized forums, they often complain about the low power of this diesel engine than about problems;
  • The main breakdowns are associated with the vagaries of the injection pump, it is reliable, but often fails with age;
  • Over time, nozzles begin to pour, but only nozzles can be replaced;
  • Often there are oil leaks, weak points: heat exchanger and valve cover;
  • After 250 thousand km, piston rings can already lie down and lubricant consumption appears.

2 thoughts on “Engine Volkswagen AEY”

  1. Hello, what difference between engines AEY – ASY 1.9 Liter , 47 kw?
    Engine ASY lifespan?

    1. It is very likely that these are similar engines for different cars and car markets. The differences should be minor, but I don’t know for sure.

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