What is Volkswagen All Wheel Drive?

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

You may be familiar with all-wheel drive, but what is Volkswagen All Wheel Drive? AWD Volkswagen vehicles utilize 4MOTION® All-Wheel Drive, which is a brand-exclusive technology designed to optimize your performance over any terrain. So whether dealing with slick roads in Vienna or rocky trails in Fairfax, your Volkswagen AWD will keep moving forward. Take a closer look at 4MOTION® with Stohlman Volkswagen and schedule a virtual test drive in the model of your choice:

What’s the Difference Between AWD vs. 4WD?

Before we explain what Volkswagen All Wheel Drive is, let’s go into the differences between all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. While both systems are designed to boost your traction under tough driving conditions, they work in different ways.

  • Availability: Volkswagen AWD is constantly monitoring your road performance, so it can kick into gear immediately. 4WD, on the other hand, is turned on and off manually.
  • Vehicle Style: All wheel drive is more common on smaller vehicles like cars, crossovers, and SUVs. Four wheel drive is more common on trucks and off-roading vehicles.
  • Efficiency: AWD systems are lighter than 4WD systems, which translates to lower cost and higher efficiency overall. This makes AWD systems more popular with most Alexandria drivers for their everyday needs.

How Does 4MOTION® All-Wheel Drive Work?

4MOTION® All-Wheel Drive may be an AWD system, but it integrates the best of front wheel drive and four-wheel drive into its design. How does it work? The system monitors each individual tire as you navigate. When you drive on a flat road on a sunny day, all tires are engaged equally. This means your AWD system will configure itself to maximize efficiency, sending around 90% of power to the front tires like a traditional FWD system. When you drive on a slick road and begin to lose traction, your AWD system will redistribute torque automatically to maintain control. This enables you to get the best performance possible on any journey.

Which Volkswagen Vehicles Offer 4MOTION®? 

Whether you’re in the market for a Volkswagen Tiguan or a Volkswagen Golf AWD, there are plenty of fantastic options with 4MOTION® in the lineup:

Take Your Test Drive Today

You’ve read all about the technology behind Volkswagen All Wheel Drive, so why not experience it in person? Visit Stohlman Volkswagen in Tysons Corner to see how a Volkswagen Golf AWD or a Volkswagen Atlas AWD feels on the road! Contact us to get started.

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