Which 2016 VW cars have AWD?

All-wheel drive gains more traction in these 2016 Volkswagen models

Which 2016 VW cars have AWD?

Now that spring is here and summer is just around the corner, it’s both the perfect time to get out and start shopping for a new vehicle, but also a time when memories of winter driving are already getting a bit fuzzy. If you got stuck this winter, all-wheel drive may have made your checklist of features to look for. After all, when paired with a solid set of snow tires, you have a veritable tour-de-force against slippery conditions.  There are also benefits to having this system in dry weather too, as extra traction improves acceleration from a stop and gives an overall sense of stability. If you’ve been wondering which 2016 VW cars have AWD, we’re here to provide a quick overview.

Volkswagen models that have all-wheel drive

Volkswagen models that have all-wheel drive

If you’re looking for AWD in the Volkswagen lineu2016 Volkswagen Tiguan Optional 4Motionp, you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for 4Motion, as this is the name for the VW system. Currently, there are just four options, but an increase focus on SUVs in coming years may mean even more by 2017 or 2018. For now, these are the models to consider:

  • Volkswagen Golf R
  • Volkswagen CC V6 4Motion Executive
  • Volkswagen Tiguan
  • Volkswagen Touareg

Of these four models it’s split down the middle when it comes to options versus standard. Both the performance-minded 2016 Volkswagen Golf R and the 2016 Volkswagen Touareg have all-wheel drive for every trim level, while you can choose between AWD and front-wheel drive for the Tiguan. The CC has just one trim that includes the 4Motion system, and it’s the highest trim level.

If you’re wondering about economy options, the good news is the Golf SportWagen Alltrack is set to come out next year, though exact pricing has not yet been revealed.

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VW Touareg 4motionBenefits of the Volkswagen 4Motion system

One thing that has been a huge concern for those considering AWD in the past is fuel economy. It used to be true that you’d lose much of your vehicle’s efficiency because the drivetrain system added too much excess weight to the vehicle. This is no longer true, and systems like 4Motion operate as front-wheel drive vehicles under normal conditions, allowing it to be even more efficient.

Read More: Future 4Motion technology in the Tiguan GTE Active

With fuel-economy uninfluenced, you get the benefit of added traction year-round. This is just as true when climbing slippery hills in the winter as it is when driving on unstable gravel, through sheets of rain or in slick mud. Starting from a stop is one thing, but you also get an overall feeling of added stability, which is particularly noticeable during windy days or when cornering just a bit faster than intended.

Not sure if AWD is necessary for you? Stop by our dealership to take a test drive and see if you can feel a difference. Also be sure to check back here at the Compass Volkswagen Blog for more on VW features and benefits.