A VW service employee takes care of the right engine oil for your car

Volkswagen Genuine Oils

Guaranteeing top performance

The right oil is vital to the smooth operation of your Volkswagen. Read on to discover the different types of oil and which is right for your car.

Volkswagen engine oil

Our oils go beyond standard approvals and specifications.

Choosing the right oil

Your local retailer will be happy to advise you on choosing the right Volkswagen Genuine Oil.

mechanic pouring oil into engine

Oil for the trip

We offer 1 litre bottles of oil for you to take on the road, because Volkswagen Genuine Oils aren’t available everywhere. Our oil can be safely stored in its container for at least four years. Contact your local retailer to find out more.

oil filter above engine

Genuine Volkswagen Oil Filters

Our Genuine Oil Filters prevent dust, metal particles, oil carbon and soot from getting into your engine. This increases the efficiency of your oil and helps protect your engine from wear.

Changing your oil

A warning light on your dashboard will tell you when it’s time to change your oil. Depending on your service plan, we recommend the following intervals between oil changes:

  •  Flexible service plan: At least after every 2 years or 30,000km, whichever comes first.
  •  Fixed service: Every 15,000km, or at least once a year.
female mechanic changing engine oil at a VW workshop

Oil change FAQs

Engine oil warning lights

Discover what engine oil warning lights are telling you and what to do about them. Further information is available in your owner’s manualOpens an external link.

How to measure the oil level

Your oil needs to be at the right level to take proper care of your engine. If there’s too little oil, the friction in the engine increases. Too much oil and it can get into the combustion chamber and damage your catalytic converter.

To make sure your oil level is just right:


Go for at least a 10km drive to warm up the car.

Illustration of a VW car and the advice to drive ten kilometres: checking the oil level

Make sure you park your car on a flat surface and switch off the engine. Wait for around two minutes while the oil collects in the oil pan.

Illustration of a VW car and the advice to switch off the engine: checking the oil level

Open the bonnet and remove the oil dipstick.

Illustration of a VW car with open bonnet and the advice to remove the oil dipstick: checking the oil level

Take a lint-free cloth and clean the dipstick.

Illustration of an oil dipstick and the advice to clean it: checking the oil level

Insert the dipstick into the measuring opening. Do this slowly to prevent oil from sloshing around.

Illustration of an oil dipstick and the advice to insert it in the measuring opening: checking the oil level

Carefully remove the dipstick and read the oil level. If the reading is between the minimum and maximum level, you’re good to keep driving. If it’s too low, refill the oil. If it’s too high contact your local retailer.

Illustration of different oil levels and their assessments: checking the oil level

Engine viscosity FAQs

Next steps

Spare parts and oil

Engine and chassis

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