What is this? That’s a great question! :>
4Motion is the fancy name for VW’s all-wheel-drive feature in the Transporter.
In their own words “the Transporter 4Motion model is an all-wheel-drive system which will give extra grip and stability, especially in wet or off-road conditions.”
Mechanical Differential Lock or ‘Diff Lock”: This is an additional feature available on 4Motion Transporters. If you have ‘Diff Lock’ you can press a button when you are in difficult off-road conditions and it will make starting up the car and getting out of the ‘difficult condition’ much easier. In other words, it will stop you getting bogged.
Our opinion: Yes, the 4Motion function will give you more freedom to drive off road and confidence when the road you are on starts looking worse and worse around each passing bend. HOWEVER…The 4Motion will NOT allow you to drive like a 4 Wheel Drive. You cannot do river crossings or drive to your hearts wild abandon. Having said that if you do want to drive rough in your van a SWB is better and a ‘Diff Lock’ will help you make the most out of the 4Motion capacity.
Is it a necessity? Definitely not. It’s great for your driving confidence – are you on a road that is starting to get sandier and sandier? You won’t have to turn around as quickly.
Some things to keep in mind: If you make your mind up you want a 4Motion there will most likely be a wait… you are unlikely to find a used 4Motion and a new T6 4Motion will most likely be a factory order from Germany which take about 5 months (at the time of writing however it may be a shorter lead time in the future).
The 4Motion feature is only available with the larger TDI400 engine. (see my previous blogs for an explanation on what TDI400 means).