Gearbox Volkswagen AQ160

The VW AQ160 6-speed automatic transmission has been produced at the concern’s plant since 2009 and is installed on models equipped with a 1.6-liter naturally aspirated CFNA and CWVA engine. This gearbox is an updated and simplified version of the AQ250, that is, a clone of the Aisin TF‑60SN.

AQ-6 family: AQ160, AQ250, AQ260, AQ400, AQ450.

Specifications

Production years since 2009
Type automatic transmission
Number of gears 6
Type of drive front
Engine volume, l up to 1.6
Torque output, Nm up to 160
Recommended oil G 052 025 A2
Oil capacity, liter 7.0
Replacing the oil every 60,000 km
Replacing the filter every 60,000 km
Gearbox lifespan, km ~250 000
Weight, kg 80

Gear ratios Volkswagen AQ160

Using the example of a Volkswagen Polo Sedan 2012 with a 1.6 MPI engine:

Main 3.867
1st 4.670
2nd 2.530
3rd 1.560
4th 1.130
5th 0.860
6th 0.690
Reverse 3.390

The transmission was installed on:

  • Skoda Karoq 1 (NU) since 2019;
  • Skoda Octavia 3 (5E) in 2014 – 2020; Octavia 4 (NX) since 2020;
  • Skoda Rapid 1 (NH) in 2012 – 2020; Rapid 2 (NK) since 2019;
  • Skoda Yeti 1 (5L) in 2014 – 2018;
  • Volkswagen Golf 7 (5G) in 2014 – 2017;
  • Volkswagen Jetta 6 (1B) in 2010 – 2019; Jetta 7 (BU) since 2020;
  • Volkswagen Polo Sedan 1 (6C) in 2010 – 2020;
  • Volkswagen Polo Liftback 1 (CK) since 2020;
  • Volkswagen Taos 1 (CP) since 2021.

Disadvantages of the VW AQ160 gearbox

  • This automatic transmission is installed with low-power motors and has a large safety margin.
  • The main thing here is to monitor the condition of the cooling system and update the oil more often.
  • When the oil is changed infrequently, the valve body becomes clogged with wear products and shocks appear.
  • If you miss the wear of the torque converter clutch, the vibrations will break the oil pump bushing.
  • The weak points of this gearbox include the short-lived planetary gear washers.

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