What is Volkswagen 4MOTION® All-Wheel Drive?

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You’ve heard of all-wheel drive, but if you’re considering a new Volkswagen, you may be wondering, “What is 4MOTION® All-Wheel Drive?” 4MOTION® is the VW brand’s take on your standard all-wheel drive system and uses advanced technology to improve performance and handling on Plover roads. Read on to learn more about how this system works and how it can improve your daily drives!

AWD vs. 4WD: How Do They Compare?

All-wheel drive and four-wheel drive systems work to increase traction. While they essentially serve the same purpose, they’re not necessarily the same drivetrain. Here are a couple of differences to note:

  • Turn On/Turn Off: AWD doesn’t need to be turned on; it automatically adjusts the amount of engine power sent to the wheels. 4WD can be turned on/off as needed. When 4WD is turned off, the vehicle uses RWD or FWD in its place.
  • Vehicle Types: All-wheel drive is typically seen on cars and crossover SUVs, while four-wheel drive is more common for trucks and off-roading vehicles.
  • Cost & Weight: All-wheel drive systems are usually lighter and less expensive than four-wheel drive systems, which is why they’re popular for everyday vehicles like sedans and crossovers.

Currently, there are no Volkswagen vehicles that offer 4WD. While 4MOTION® offers some aspects of both 4WD and AWD, it’s technically an all-wheel drive system.

How Does 4MOTION® All-Wheel Drive Work?

Essentially, VW 4MOTION® AWD is an improved version of your average all-wheel drive system. It automatically senses which tires need torque the most and will adjust engine output based on driving conditions. While all tires are engaged, the system will distribute about 90% of power to the front axle and about 10% to the rear axle. This distribution results in the responsive handling you’d expect from an FWD vehicle, while also offering capable traction as you travel through Wausau.

If the 4MOTION® sensors sense that a tire is starting to lose traction, weight is immediately redistributed as necessary. This means the perfect balance of torque is applied to keep you and your Volkswagen in control on the Wisconsin Rapids roadways. If the road conditions are smooth, 4MOTION® can switch to FWD or RWD to help conserve fuel by reducing the amount of power sent to the wheels.

Which Volkswagen Vehicles Offer 4MOTION®?

Volkswagen AWD is available on a wide range of VW vehicles, including:

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