How well does the Volkswagen Golf R do in the snow?
If you’re shopping for a new car and you live in a state that experiences all four seasons, it’s super important to consider snowy driving in your purchase. Much of the northern U.S. receives snowfall for six months of the year. That means you could be spending up to half of your driving time on the white stuff. You’d better take a serious look at a Volkswagen with 4MOTION all-wheel drive, like the Golf R.
Volkswagen’s 4MOTION is a permanent all-wheel-drive system that distributes power to each of the four wheels as required. 4MOTION is the best form of what VW calls “active safety” in the wintertime. It provides reliable traction on pretty much any surface as well as optimum directional stability at all times. The most important aspect of all-wheel drive is that its safety reserves are always available, which is a big advantage over user-controlled four-wheel-drive systems. It’s always there the instant you need it. The Golf R’s 4MOTION is far superior to front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive; it will never leave you stranded in the snow.
All-wheel drive is more about about getting your car moving forward from a stop, not so much about braking and steering. Even with 4MOTION, your vehicle has handling limitations. The best way to overcome those limitations in the snow is with the use of purpose-built snow tires. We strongly recommend buying snow tires for whatever kind of vehicle you drive, even if you have all-wheel drive. While the Volkswagen Golf R with its summer performance tires and 4MOTION is more than adequate for winter driving, the Golf R equipped with snow tires will blow your mind with the way it handles in the snow.