Everything You Need to Know About VW 4Motion AWD

Although four-wheel drive systems are still finding their way into larger trucks and SUVs, for the most part, the gas-gulping systems are being replaced by more efficient and more effective all-wheel drive systems. This is especially true for Volkswagen vehicles, none of which offer a four-wheel drive setup.

The choice of all-wheel drive over four-wheel drive is a pretty clear one when you begin to look at what sets the two apart. Though each system has its advantages, when weighing the pros, the argument leans heavily in favor of all-wheel drive. That is especially true when looking at Volkswagen’s all-wheel drive system, which is more formally referred to as 4Motion. To help you decide whether all-wheel drive is right for you, we’ll take a look at how the system works, touch on some of its benefits and fill you in on all of the Volkswagen vehicles that are currently available with 4Motion. Here’s what you should know.

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How 4Motion All-Wheel Drive Works

There are two components that make up the 4Motion all-wheel drive system in Volkswagen vehicles. The first is an electronically-controlled multi-plate clutch—more commonly referred to as Haldex coupling—and the second is a Torsen differential. The former consists of a control unit that monitors wheel slip, handling conditions and drive torque and properly distributes power to the proper wheels while the latter actually does the work of turning on and shutting off the power to all four wheels.

To put things simply, the 4Motion all-wheel drive system is able to monitor which of the four wheels have the best traction, and is able to direct engine torque to those wheels. If slippery roads or other conditions such as sharp turns keep a wheel, or wheels from getting the best possible traction, the system hits the brake on those wheels and moves the remainder of the power elsewhere. When road conditions are normal, just two wheels are put into motion, which greatly helps to conserve fuel.

Volkswagen Vehicles Available with 4Motion AWD

Although not every Volkswagen vehicle in the lineup is made available with 4Motion, with the addition of the Golf Alltrack, there are now six vehicles offered with the all-wheel drive system. The six have all been specially chosen, as the AWD system only further helps their already-impressive performance.

  • CC
  • Golf GTI
  • Golf R
  • Golf SportWagen (Alltrack)
  • Tiguan
  • Touareg

Now that you know a bit more about what the benefits of Volkswagen 4Motion wheel-drive are, and now that you know how it works and what vehicles offer it, we encourage you to stop by and pay us a visit here at York Volkswagen. We have a number of vehicles equipped with the revolutionary system and can help to get you behind the wheel of one of them so that you can experience the advantages of the system for yourself. As always, if you have any questions for us, don’t hesitate to reach out.