What is VW 4MOTION® All-Wheel Drive?

All-wheel drive systems often differ from one another in dramatic ways, and as many drivers have already realized, VW 4MOTION® offers something very unique! This innovative take on traditional AWD lets you enjoy superior handling and performance at all times, so you’ll be ready for the unexpected on all of your Ubandale and Des Moines drives.



What Is All-Wheel Drive?

As many drivers already know, all-wheel drive is a drivetrain technology that can drive all four wheels at the same time. It offers improved performance relative to front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive, and in most cases, it kicks in whenever you start to experience insufficient traction. In this, it can be contrasted with four-wheel drive, which usually needs to be switched on and off manually.

Explore the difference between Volkswagen AWD and other AWD systems by reading on!

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Superior Performance with Volkswagen AWD

  • As we noted above, most AWD systems are only engaged after you start to lose grip! This means that in most cases, all of your power will still be directed to one set of wheels.
  • 4MOTION® is distinct in that it’s always engaging more than two wheels. In most situations, your drivetrain will distribute 90% of power to the front wheels, and 10% of power to the rear.
  • For this reason, you’ll notice that your AWD Volkswagen handles exceptionally well on the roads near Des Moines.
  • If your vehicle detects a loss of traction, it can instantaneously shift that balance, directing even more power to the rear wheels in order to keep you moving forward.

Experience VW 4MOTION® for Yourself!

If you really want to understand why drivers love AWD Volkswagen vehicles, we think you should spend some time behind the wheel. Once you’ve experienced VW 4MOTION® in person, you’ll quickly understand why more and more drivers are refusing to settle for the lackluster AWD systems offered by competitors.

Check out our new Volkswagen models for sale to find a vehicle with 4MOTION® today! Then, simply contact us to set up your test drive. To get a better sense of what VW can do, find out how 4MOTION® contributes to the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas towing capacity before you stop in. We are also here to answer any questions you may have about the brand, such as “Who owns Volkswagen?


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