Volkswagen’s new Golf range is being expanded. The versions with 4MOTION all-wheel will follow after the 2012 launch of the front-wheel drive models. This means that the automaker is carrying on with the tradition of four-wheel drive Golf models. It was in 1986 that the first Golf with four driven wheels had its debut.
The permanent four-wheel drive system of the new Golf is one of the most advanced and efficient of its type in the world. The latest version of the Golf 4MOTION Volkswagen uses a four-wheel drive system with an improved, fifth-generation Haldex coupling.
The intelligently controlled 4MOTION drive is lighter than the previous system by 1.4 kilograms. It doesn’t need a pressure accumulator and it responds very quickly to every any influence on it. As a result, it offers greater active safety and better handling.
The new Golf 4MOTION in Europe is available with three specification levels (Trendline, Comfortline, Highline). It also comes with two turbo diesel engines that offer both high torque and high fuel efficiency.
The common rail four-cylinder engines have outputs of 77 kW / 105 PS and 110 kW / 150 PS and for every 100 kms, they consume only 4.5 / 4.7 litres of fuel respectively. According to a fuel consumption comparison between the 103 kW / 140 PS version of the old Golf 4MOTION and the new 150 PS model, it was determined that even with the 10 PS offering more power, the 2013 Golf 4MOTION uses up less diesel at 0.8 litres (or 15% lower).
Similar to the front-wheel drive versions, the new 4MOTION models are offered as standard with a Stop/Start system and battery regeneration. The following features are standard on all the versions (starting with the Trendline base version): the four-wheel EDS (electronic differential locks on both axles), the XDS front and rear axle transverse lock, the electronic stabilisation programme, 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. The permanent four-wheel drive system on the Golf 4MOTION (sold as a four-door unit) costs €1,800 in Germany.