Engine Volkswagen DCXA

The 1.6-liter Volkswagen DCXA 1.6 TDI diesel engine has been assembled by the company since 2014 and is installed on such popular models as the Passat B8 and the third generation Skoda Superb. This powertrain is mainly offered in Europe and is rare in other markets.

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


Production years since 2014
Displacement, cc 1598
Fuel system Common Rail
Power output, hp 120
Torque output, Nm 250
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 79.5
Piston stroke, mm 80.5
Compression ratio 16.2
Features DOHC, intercooler
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive belt
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging BorgWarner B01V
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 5.0
Fuel type diesel
Euro standards EURO 6
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Volkswagen Passat 2015)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~300 000
Weight, kg 150 (with attachments)

The engine was installed on:

  • Skoda Superb 3 (3V) in 2015 – 2018;
  • Volkswagen Passat B8 (3G) in 2014 – 2019.

Disadvantages of the VW DCXA engine

  • Owners on specialized forums praise this power unit, complain only about lubricant leaks;
  • The timing belt is designed for 210 thousand km, but change more often, if it breaks, the valves bend;
  • Sometimes the heat exchanger gasket dries up and antifreeze starts to ooze out;
  • At high mileage, a particulate filter and an EGR valve cause a lot of trouble.

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