Engine Volkswagen CKUB

The Volkswagen CKUB 2.0-liter bi-turbo diesel engine was produced from 2011 to 2013 and was installed on restyled versions of the popular first generation Crafter model. An updated version of this power unit appeared in 2013 and had its own CSNA index.

The EA189 series also includes: CAYC, CAAC, CAGA, CAHA, CBAB, CFCA, CFGB, CLCA, CLJA, CKTB, CFHC, CKUB.


Production years 2011-2013
Displacement, cc 1968
Fuel system Common Rail
Power output, hp 163
Torque output, Nm 400
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 81
Piston stroke, mm 95.5
Compression ratio 16.0
Features DOHC
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive belt
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging BorgWarner R2S
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 7.0
Fuel type diesel
Euro standards EURO 6
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for VW Crafter 2012)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~300 000
Weight, kg 180

The engine was installed on:

  • Volkswagen Crafter 1 (2E) in 2011 – 2013.

Disadvantages of the VW CKUB engine

  • This is a very reliable diesel engine and with proper care it has a very decent resource.
  • The main thing is to monitor the condition of the timing belt, since when it breaks, the valves usually bend.
  • And a broken alternator belt can get under it and then it will jump.
  • Bi-turbo system from BorgWarner may need attention closer to 200 thousand km.
  • All other problems are associated with contamination of the particulate filter and the EGR valve.

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