Engine Volkswagen CXDA

The 2.0-liter Volkswagen CXDA engine has been produced by the German concern since 2016 and is installed on Atlas, Passat, Tiguan, Golf GTI models mainly for the American market. Also in some other markets, this power unit is known thanks to the Teramont crossover.

The EA888 gen3 series includes: CJSA, CJSB, CJEB, CHHA, CHHB, CXDA, CNCD, CJXC.


Production years since 2016
Displacement, cc 1984
Fuel system direct injection
Power output, hp 220 – 235
Torque output, Nm 350
Cylinder block cast iron R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 82.5
Piston stroke, mm 92.8
Compression ratio 9.6
Features DOHC, AVS
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive chain
Phase regulator on both shafts
Turbocharging IHI IS20
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 5.7
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 5/6
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for VW Teramont 2021)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~250 000
Weight, kg 140

The engine was installed on:

  • Volkswagen Atlas 1 (CA) since 2016;
  • Volkswagen Golf 7 (5G) in 2016 – 2021;
  • Volkswagen Passat B8 (3G) in 2016 – 2019;
  • Volkswagen Teramont 1 (CA) since 2018;
  • Volkswagen Tiguan 2 (AD) since 2016.

Disadvantages of the VW CXDA engine

  • This is a very reliable motor and all the problems described below are rare;
  • Its weak point is a short-lived water pump with a plastic case;
  • The timing chain does not have a large resource and often needs to be replaced by 150,000 km;
  • At high mileage, the engine may triple due to the failure of the phase regulator;
  • There have been instances of a variable oil pump wedge, which is dangerous for liners.

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