4Motion in Southern California?


Why does anyone need all-wheel drive in Southern California?


It will surprise even the hardened Losangelino and Valley resident that all-wheel drive systems are made for occasions that normal automobiles might not handle year round. It also expands the idea of vehicle use in areas where it was once impossible to do – unless you had certain items in the trunk.


For example, our ski areas normally require chains on the drive tires to get up snowy roads and hills. All-wheel drive, combined with all-season tires, can accomplish these feats without any problem. It can send power down to the wheels that are slipping to ensure proper snow coverage. All-wheel drive also helps in traction on icy conditions, which occur when the snowy roads are cleared.


When it rains in Southern California, it keeps on raining. When the road have been dry for days, some oil spots may make driving on what could be good roads a bit risky. All-wheel drive systems work the same way, sending power to the wheels that are slipping and balancing traction to all wheels on the wet road surface. All-wheel drive systems also help in mudslide areas, especially when the road is not passable at points.


A visit to the beach, out on the farm or ranch or in the canyons could also be trouble for two-wheel drive vehicles. Again, the all-wheel drive system works to deliver traction where there is either limited or none. It is great when grabbing onto dirt or gravel roads. Even better when driving on sand or uneven terrain.


At Volkswagen, they call this system 4Motion. It is available on new Tiguans, Touaregs and the all-new 2017 Golf Alltrack. 4Motion is also standard on the Golf R, although it is made for on-road surfaces as a performance and traction enhancement.


Volkswagen Van Nuys is the home of 4Motion in Southern California. Find out how these systems work by taking a test drive.