1.2 TSI engine (Volkswagen) - opinion, problems and malfunctions

1.2 TSI engine

1.2 TSI engine

The 1.2 TSI engine came on the market in 2009 as a completely new design. Since that time, she has undergone a number of improvements. It is under the guise of a lot of city cars VAG groups. Is it worth the recommendation?

The engine has 4 cylinders, an aluminum block and direct fuel injection. Of course, there is a turbocharger (with electric positioner). It comes in two power variants: 86 (160 Nm) and 110 hp (175 Nm).

Problems and Breakdowns - 1.2 TSI engine

At this point, the life of a 1.2 TSI engine should be divided into two phases: pre (EA111) and post modification (EA211). The first constructions struggled with significant chain-drive problems. A distinctive feature is the camshaft with 8 valves. After an improvement in 2012, the engine has 16 valves and a belt as a drive instead of a chain.
There are especially problems with the first engines, which can have problems with the cylinder head gasket, exhaust cleaning system, control electronics and increased oil consumption. There were cases that were so serious that both the engine and its equipment were replaced under warranty. If we talk about it, it is worth mentioning the turbocharger. The system responsible for regulating its operation did not always work well (it was also improved under the warranty). The mentioned chain suffered due to a large stretch.

Should a 1.2 TSI engine be recommended?

It is important that EA211 is cured of most of these problems. Regardless of the oil change period, mechanics recommend changing the oil every 15-20 thousand, not the 30.000 initially stated by the manufacturer. The engine can be appreciated for fairly good technical parameters combined with moderate fuel consumption (5-6 liters per 100 in the combined cycle).
Summa Summar, if you want any car with this engine under the hood, the recommendation is a half after modification of the engine, which eliminated the most serious flaws.

CMBA / CPVA - version 122 hp. Application: Golf Mk7, Seat Leon 3, Skoda Octavia A7, Škoda Rapid, Audi A3.
CCCA / CPVB - version 125 hp. Meets the European emission standard Euro6. Application: Golf Mk7, Skoda Rapid, Audi A3.
CHPA - 140 hp (103 KW), 250 Nm at 1500-3,500 rpm, 1,2 bar and 10,0: 1 compression ratio. Application: Golf Mk7, Seat Leon FR, Škoda Octavia A7, Audi A3.
CPTA - CHPA engine with ACT system.
CZDA / CHPB - 150 hp.
CZEA - version with ACT system based on CZDA engine.


  • Nimdas says:

    Respected. What is your advice on the TSI 1.2, 63kw, 2012 engine, chain? I quote that you do not advise this engine with a chain, so I wonder if the model with a chain from 2012 is in better condition than the models with a chain from previous years?

  • DS says:

    I am interested in advice for the engine that was installed in the restyled Skoda Yeti 2014. It is a 1.2L 77kw engine. In some places it says that it is a chain and in some places it is a belt. Would you recommend this engine or not?

  • Branislav says:

    Respectfully, I came across an ad for a 1.2 Skoda 90 TSI 2015HP driven 144500 km. And I was skeptical when it came to TSI engines. Well, I'm interested in whether it's worth buying a copy like this, considering that 90% would be city driving and possibly twice a year to BiH and even to Greece. Otherwise I would not cover more than 6000 km per year.

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