volkswagen-golf-4-wheel-drive-guise Volkswagen has added the 4Motion four-wheel drive variants to its new Golf (Mark VII) line-up.

Following the new Golf’s front-wheel drive versions debut last year, the 4Motion versions represent the Wolfsburg-based manufacturer’s intentions to continue its long tradition of four-wheel drive variants in the Golf line-up, which happens to be VW’s best selling variant. It all began with the Golf 4WD in 1986.

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The Golf 4Motion’s permanent four-wheel drive system is one of the most modern and efficient of its kind in the world. The Golf 4Motion takes on a four-wheel drive system with an enhanced, fifth-generation Haldex coupling. The intelligently controlled 4MOTION drive weighs 1.4 kilograms less than the previous system, requires no pressure accumulator and reacts extremely quickly to every conceivable influence exerted on it. The result is greater active safety and improved handling.

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For the European sphere, VW is offering three Golf 4Motion specs: Trendline, Comfortline and Highline. Two specs consist of diesel engines that provide both high torque and great fuel efficiency. while the 4-cylinder engines offer between 105 – 150 PS output (up 10 PS compared to the previous Golf 4Motion) and consume 4.5 – 4.7 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers. VW has claimed 0.8l (15%) lower fuel consumption for the Golf 4Motion diesel variants.

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Like the front-wheel drive versions the new 4MOTION variants are equipped as standard with a Stop/Start system and battery regeneration. Also included as standard even on the base version (Trendline) are features such as the four-wheel EDS (electronic differential locks on both axles), the XDS front and rear axle transverse lock, the electronic stabilization program, an Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, seven airbags, daytime running lights, air conditioning, electric windows front and back, a multi-function display (on-board computer) and a TFT display with touchscreen operation.

To upgrade to a permanent 4-wheel drive system in the Golf 4Motion, a customer in Deutschland is expected to fork out €1,800.

Edited: Volkswagen