Thinking of purchasing a Tiguan and would like to know how the 4motion performs in the snow. Is the power distribution to the back tires reliable? Any info is much appreciated!
I havnt driven a tiguan in a lot of snow but I've driven nearly all other 4motion VWs (i worked at a dealership) and it does it's job very well.
So to answer ur question: A good set of snow tires and a smart driver will make a tiguan 4mo. a very reliable drive
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Well i have taken in 3 feet of snow with no problem. I do not advise doing donuts in that much snow. Start to build up a drift and might get stuck (I did was fun). I had no problem going up or down hills. Now my sister and brother in law had a much better experience. The first big store last winter they took the tiguan to SC and drove from NJ to SC in a storm that accumulated 36" by the time they got there on a highway that was closed. The only issue was snow was too heavy and the wiper broke.
the long and short of it is that they did an awesome job on the 4 motion and unless you are driving on a sheet of ice or the snow is just too deep you will have no problems.
Traction is amazing, (No slipping) I was stunt by the easyness of the Tig to accellerate such efficiently in snow (It was primary that who blew my sock off for buying the VW!)
But be carefull! The acceleration in the snow doesn't equal the decellaration in the snow (allmost smash my Tig ... had to pass through the cross road stop sign with the ABS vibrating like hell and with my horn fully on and praying ...!)
From that you are now warn! ;-) For adult only ;-)
I would say even w/ the stock Pirelli's, I had no trouble in light or deep snow (we had a record snow fall in my state this past winter). I was actualy impressed w/ it's snow capabilities, so I can only imagine what a good set of winter tires on my 09 Tig SEL '4mo' would be like vs the stockers. I think VW's "4-Motion" is one of the best AWD systems out there.
The snow mobility of the Tig is excellent. I have been nothing but impressed with the AWD.
But beware that, as Adrenalyne said, you really need real snow tires in order to be safe.
I had a similar situation as he, and nearly had an accident because I couldn't stop so well before the intersection. I admit I was going a little too fast, but the road condition near the intersection was worse than the road leading up to it.
Anyways, this was all on the all-weather tires. They are fine in the snow, but not truly safe like snow tires. (I'm speaking of the Michelin oem tires.)
I highly recommend snow tires to anyone who likes to really be able to get around in the northern states. The Tig will do OK in most regions with the standard tires, but true mobility and safety in the slick stuff calls for snow/ice tires.
I hope to have the money to buy them in a few months.
I would definitely agree about how great the traction is. We've had our SE 4mo for 2 winters now (on stock Pirelli's) and can't complain at all. As has already been stated, be careful slowing down though! LOL Had a blast in a nursing college parking lot on a saturday night pretending to be a rally driver and doing 4 wheel donuts!
I am definitely looking forward to trying out the Tiguan in the snow this coming winter season. If the 4Motion in the Tiguan works as well as in my R32, the Tiguan will be a beast in the snow. I am really a fan of 4Motion and I think that it's worth the extra money