Gearbox Volkswagen DQ381

The 7-speed robotic transmission VW DQ381 or DSG 7 0GC has been produced at a factory in China since 2017 and is installed on almost all modern models of the concern with a transverse engine. This gearbox with a pair of wet clutches exists in a version for front-wheel drive 7A and all-wheel drive 7F.

DSG-7 family: DQ200, DQ381, DQ500, DL382, DL501.

Specifications

Production years since 2017
Type robotic transmission
Number of gears 7
Type of drive front / all wheel
Engine volume, l up to 2.0
Torque output, Nm up to 420
Recommended oil VAG G 055 529 A2
Oil capacity, liter 7.0
Replacing the oil every 60,000 km
Replacing the filter every 60,000 km
Gearbox lifespan, km ~300 000
Weight, kg 85

Gear ratios Volkswagen DQ381

Using the example of a VW Taos 2021 with a 1.4 TSI engine:

Main 4.813/3.667
1st 3.190
2nd 2.750
3rd 1.897
4th 1.040
5th 0.793
6th 0.860
7th 0.661
Reverse 2.900

The transmission was installed on:

  • Audi A3 3 (8V) in 2017 – 2020; A3 4 (8Y) since 2020;
  • Audi Q2 1 (GA) since 2017;
  • Audi Q3 2 (F3) since 2018;
  • Seat Alhambra 2 (7N) in 2018 – 2020;
  • Seat Ateca 1 (KH) since 2017;
  • Seat Leon 3 (5F) in 2017 – 2020; Leon 4 (KL) since 2020;
  • Skoda Karoq 1 (NU) since 2018;
  • Skoda Kodiaq 1 (NS) since 2018;
  • Skoda Octavia 3 (5E) in 2017 – 2020; Octavia 4 (NX) since 2019;
  • Skoda Superb 3 (3V) since 2018;
  • Volkswagen Arteon 1 (3H) since 2017;
  • Volkswagen Caddy 5 (SB) since 2020;
  • Volkswagen Golf 7 (5G) in 2017 – 2020; Golf 8 (CD) since 2019;
  • Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan 1 (AM) in 2017 – 2020;
  • Volkswagen Jetta 7 (BU) since 2019;
  • Volkswagen Passat B8 (3G) since 2017;
  • Volkswagen Sharan 2 (7N) in 2018 – 2020;
  • Volkswagen T-Roc 1 (A1) since 2017;
  • Volkswagen Taos 1 (CP) since 2020;
  • Volkswagen Touran 2 (5T) since 2018.

Disadvantages of the VW DQ381 gearbox

  • For some owners, the car does not respond to the gas pedal until it warms up.
  • Some people complain about very hard gearbox shifts from first to second.
  • Firmware usually does not help and everything is solved only after replacing the mechatronics.
  • The remaining gearbox problems are related to start-stop glitches and seal leaks.

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