4MOTION is Volkswagen’s permanent four-wheel drive system. The 4MOTION permanent four-wheel drive system from Volkswagen distributes the engine’s power to all four wheels as required. On models where the engine is installed longitudinally, a Torsen differential splits the drive force between the front and rear axles. Vehicles with a transverse engine are fitted with the four-wheel drive coupling.
4MOTION provides high active safety, reliable traction on virtually all surfaces and optimum directional stability at all times, even in cross-winds. The fact that its extra safety reserves are available permanently gives it a clear edge over driver-operated four-wheel drive systems. Furthermore, 4MOTION can be combined with all dynamics control systems such as electronic stabilisation program (ESP), traction control (ASR), engine drag torque control (MSR) and electronic differential lock (EDL).