How 2018 VW Tiguan 4Motion with Active Control Works

July 14th, 2017 by

The VW Tiguan is better than ever with a thorough redesign for the 2018 model-year, offering improved performance and a more sophisticated and spacious interior. 2018 Tiguan models also offer the optional 4Motion with Active Control all-wheel-drive system. Read more to see how it works.

2018 VW Tiguan 4Motion with Active Control Features

The 2018 Tiguan comes with the latest-generation 4Motion with Active Control all-wheel-drive system. It is activated before wheelspin occurs to help eliminate traction losses. The system achieves this by using an advanced control function based on specific driving conditions. In normal driving situations, the rear wheels are decoupled, helping to save fuel. However, the rear wheels can be engaged in fractions of a second whenever necessary via the center differential, which is activated by an electro-hydraulic oil pump, helping to maximize traction.

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Active Control with Selectable Modes

With the Active Control system, Tiguan drivers can select specific vehicle profiles based on driving conditions. It has four settings: On-road, Snow, Off-road and Custom Off-road. On-road mode is the default setting, and is used in normal driving situations. In Snow mode, the response curve of the accelerator pedal is flattened and the transmission upshifts earlier to help maximize traction. Off-road mode offers similar throttle and transmission characteristics as Snow mode, adding manual control of transmission shifting via Tiptronic, in which only the throttle kickdown switch will force a downshift. With the unique Off-road ABS programming, the wheels can lock up briefly before the system reduces the brake pressure.

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