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What is 4MOTION?


Volkswagen 4MOTION technology is a proprietary four-wheel drive system designed to maximize traction on slick or unsavoury surfaces. By distributing drive power between the front and rear axles, 4MOTION technology optimizes directional stability allowing the driver maximum comfort when commuting in breezy or stormy conditions. Further to that, the balance of torque spread between the two axles allows drivers the ability to increase cornering speeds without jeopardizing the safety of passengers. The addition of extra safety reserves give 4MOTION a clear edge over driver-operated four wheel drive systems and when paired with quality winter tires it ultimately provides drivers with the optimum all-weather driving experience you’ve come to expect from Volkswagen.


























 Although the purpose remains the same, the way in which 4MOTION technology is used differs slightly and can best be split into two differential types.



The Haldex Clutch

The Haldex clutch is an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch which distributes driving forces according to driving conditions. An electronic control unit compensates power when a slip occurs by varying rotation speed between the axels.


The Torsen Differential

The Torsen Differential can best be described as a blend of both torque and sensing. The system detects a slip before it happens, allotting power to the front or rear axle depending on which needs it most, allowing the vehicle to regain traction, often unbeknownst to the driver.





To truly appreciate 4MOTION technology is to experience it first hand. Visit the sales team at Bill Matthew’s Volkswagen today to schedule your test drive in one of our newest Volkswagen vehicles and bask in the joys of premium all-wheel control.
2017 Volkswagen Golf R 4MOTION 2017 CC

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2017 Tiguan 2017 Golf Alltrack

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2017 Touareg 2017 Golf SportWagen

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Mud, snow and ice are no longer a match for Volkswagen’s 4MOTION technology. Volkswagen’s intelligent four wheel drive system anticipates slips or loss in traction and reacts instantaneously, allowing tires the ability to react to a variety of road surfaces. In turn, providing drivers stronger grip and smoother handling when they need it most.