Gearbox Volkswagen AQ260

The VW AQ260 6-speed automatic transmission has been assembled at the company’s plant since 2009 and is mainly installed with engines of the EA855 family, therefore it is widespread in the American market. This automatic transmission is an updated version of the AQ250, that is, another clone of the Aisin TF‑60SN.

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


Production years since 2009
Type automatic transmission
Number of gears 6
Type of drive front
Engine volume, l up to 2.5
Torque output, Nm up to 260
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 83

Gear ratios Volkswagen AQ260

Using the example of a VW Jetta 2020 with a 1.4 TSI engine:

Main 3.324
1st 4.459
2nd 2.508
3rd 1.556
4th 1.142
5th 0.851
6th 0.672
Reverse 3.185

The transmission was installed on:

  • Volkswagen Beetle 2 (5C) in 2011 – 2014;
  • Volkswagen Golf 6 (5K) in 2009 – 2014;
  • Volkswagen Jetta 6 (1B) in 2010 – 2019; Jetta 7 (BU) since 2020;
  • Volkswagen Passat NMS (A32) in 2011 – 2019.

Disadvantages of the VW AQ260 gearbox

  • This is a completely reliable gearbox, but its service life is greatly reduced due to overheating.
  • Keep an eye on the cooling system or serious repairs await you by 150,000 km.
  • Renew the gearbox oil every 60,000 km or the valve body will become clogged with wear products.
  • If you miss the wear of the torque converter clutches, the vibrations will break the oil pump bushing.
  • Also, the weak points of the gearbox include short-lived planetary gear washers.

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