Volkswagen AWD Models
Germans know a thing or two about driving around in winter weather. Hence, there are quite a few Volkswagen AWD models available. The offerings range from the zippy Golf R to the Atlas SUV, which debuted for the 2018 model year after great anticipation. Let’s take a look at all of the vehicles available with 4Motion, VW’s proprietary all-wheel drive system.
The exciting Golf R packs the power of 288 horses under its hood, thanks in large part to a high-performance turbocharger. It’s the best of both worlds – sporty and safe – with 4Motion kicking in as needed, and efficient two-wheel drive taking care of business when driving conditions are clear. The Golf R also offers a sophisticated adaptive chassis control system, a sport-tuned suspension, and an available seven-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic paddle shifters and sport mode. Perhaps the most unique thing about this exceptional car is that it’s offered in 45 exterior colors.
The popular VW station wagon is a great utility vehicle, but it is of course at its best when it’s equipped with all-wheel drive. 4Motion is available on the S trim of the Golf Sportwagen, which can also be ordered in a manual shift for the ultimate in driver control.
The Golf Alltrack is ruggedly made for New England winters and a lot more. It has the highest ground clearance of all the Golf models, and its exterior cladding and bumpers are extra-tough. 4Motion comes standard to help secure it to the road in whatever conditions it finds. It’s earned a 5-star safety rating, the highest possible, from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Stick-shift enthusiasts will also be thrilled to know they can still order this fantastic vehicle with a manual transmission.
Tiguan and Tiguan Limited
The larger Tiguan offers a wider selection of trims, six of which come standard with 4Motion. When it was completely redesigned for the 2018 model year, the Tiguan filled the spot left by the departing Touareg SUV, which had its final model year in 2017. The all-new Tiguan grew by 10 inches in length and added 50 percent more cargo capacity with its expansion. This five-passenger crossover offers some advanced options that aren’t available on the Tiguan Limited, along with a stylish and modern look.
The smaller of the VW crossovers, the Tiguan Limited, will ride off into the sunset once all of its 2018 models are sold. Until then, it comes in two trims, the higher of which comes standard with 4Motion. This delightful compact utility vehicle zips down the road with its pep provided by a 200 horsepower turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine; the shifting is taken care of by a six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission.
The most anticipated VW release in recent memory was the three-row Atlas, the largest of Volkswagen’s AWD vehicles. 4Motion comes standard on seven of its thirteen trims, providing a comfortable and trustworthy ride for up to seven passengers, who also get to share the astonishing seventeen cup holders in the SUV’s well-appointed interior. It’s longer than its rivals the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander (by 4 and 6 inches, respectively), and its wheelbase outdoes the Ford Explorer’s by 5 inches. Although the base-trim Atlas S comes with a four-cylinder turbo engine, all of the Atlas trims that come with AWD are powered by a 235 hp 3.6-liter V6. The Atlas can tow up to 5,000 pounds.