Engine Volkswagen CRLB

The 2.0-liter VW CRLB or Passat B8 2.0 TDI diesel engine has been produced since 2012 and is installed on such popular models as the Volkswagen Passat, Skoda Superb, Audi A3. This motor was one of the first representatives of the transverse EA288 series.

The EA288 series also includes: DCXA, CRLB, CRMB, DETA, DBGC, DFGA, DFBA, DAUA.


Production years since 2012
Displacement, cc 1968
Fuel system Common Rail
Power output, hp 150
Torque output, Nm 340
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 81
Piston stroke, mm 95.5
Compression ratio 16.2
Features DOHC
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive belt
Phase regulator yes
Turbocharging Mahle BM70B
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 4.6
Fuel type diesel
Euro standards EURO 5/6
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Volkswagen Passat 2015)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~320 000

The engine was installed on:

  • Audi A3 3 (8V) in 2012 – 2018;
  • Skoda Superb 3 (3V) since 2015;
  • Volkswagen Golf 7 (5G) in 2012 – 2020;
  • Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan 1 (AM) in 2014 – 2017;
  • Volkswagen Passat B8 (3G) in 2014 – 2019.

Disadvantages of the VW CRLB engine

  • Fuel equipment does not tolerate bad fuel, and repairs are expensive;
  • As in any modern diesel engine, the EGR valve quickly clogs with soot;
  • According to the regulations, the belt is changed every 210,000 km, but the pump often gives up earlier;
  • Use oil with VW 507.00 approval or the particulate filter will not last long.

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