How does Volkswagen driving mode selection work?

December 14th, 2016 by

2017 VW Golf GTI and Golf R Driving Mode Selection

They say real automotive enthusiasts prefer a manual transmission, but with dual-clutch automatic options hitting the market and proving themselves to outperform the ol’ stick shift, how is a performance-minded shopper to choose? Well, you’ll be happy to know that most VW models have a few driving modes to help you customize the driving experience. Those of you out there considering the 2017 VW Golf GTI or Golf R will also note the Driving Mode Selection feature, which steps things up even further. Let’s explore the various VW driving modes.

What are all the Volkswagen driving modes?

We’ve briefly touched on driving modes before when talking about the various VW transmission options, but only dived into the standard ones. Below are all the driving modes, which will differ based on what model you drive.

  • Sport/Race
  • Tiptronic
  • Normal
  • Individual
  • Comfort

To break these down further, you’ll find Sport and Tiptronic modes for all of your standard automatic transmissions, while normal is simply your standard driving mode. On Golf GTI and Golf R models you can choose from Normal, Sport and Individual, while the trims with Dynamic Chassis Control also have a Comfort mode.

How are the VW driving modes different from one another?

So how do these different driving modes change the way your engine feels? Obviously, Sport mode is going to provide a more aggressive experience as it stays in gear longer. Tiptronic driving mode allows you to move your gear shifter to the right and then push forward or back to shift up, sort of like an automated manual transmission. There’s no clutch, but you can switch gears within limits. Those limits being a means to protect your engine, naturally.

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You’ll only find Individual mode on your GTI and Golf R options, and this mode allows you to create a customized experience just for you. You can mostly adjust steering and acceleration response, but models with adaptive cruise control or corner illuminating headlights may also be adjusted.

Finally, comfort mode is only available in Golf GTI and Golf R trims that include DCC, which allows you to adjust how running gear like the suspension system and dampers work. DCC will automatically make your damping system a bit stiffer in Sport mode, but Comfort mode is made to provide a smoother, gentler ride. Think of how you’d like your car to drive on a road trip, rather than how you’d want it to drive on a track.

We hope this helps, but if you’d like to see how driving modes in VW work, why not stop by Compass VW for a test drive? Until then, be sure to check back here at our blog for more posts on all things VW.