Does the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas have 4MOTION® AWD?

By Product Expert | Posted in VW Atlas on Thursday, September 10th, 2020 at 8:47 pm
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What would a medium or large size Volkswagen crossover SUV be without 4MOTION® All-Wheel Drive (AWD)? Sure, it would still be a crossover SUV, but you couldn’t enjoy it the same way. 4MOTION® AWD unlocks rugged capability for off-roading and the traction to challenge tough conditions and get yourself out of snow, mud, or other road hazards. Read more to find out if the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas has 4MOTION® AWD.

What Trim Levels of the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas have 4MOTION® AWD?

First of all, the Atlas does have 4MOTION® AWD, but not on every trim. Since the Volkswagen trim names are descriptive of features like powertrain and technology, you know in the name of the trim whether or not the trim you are looking at has 4MOTION® AWD. The S, SE, and SEL trim groups all have it available, but the SEL Premium trim always includes it.

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What is 4MOTION® with Active Control?

If you have heard of Active Control, it’s a technology that lets drivers select the mode they want their 4MOTION® AWD to use for certain situations. Each mode is labeled for a different type of terrain or road condition. The modes are listed here:

  • Snow Mode– Keeps an accelerating engine in low RPMs as it shifts gears.
  • On-Road Mode– Meant for standard road driving in normal conditions.
  • Off-Road Mode– Used to tackle inclines and declines, and to maintain traction generally.
  • Off-Road Custom Mode– Lets the driver set their own parameters including adjusting handling and more.

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Is the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas a Good Off-Roading Vehicle?

The best off-roading vehicle still needs a good off-road driver. If you can handle off-road driving, the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas with both the V6 engine and 4MOTION® AWD can work together for a fun off-road experience. The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas is built to be a great vehicle for overall crossover SUV purposes, so it balances capability with comfort, technology, seating, and cargo space. Off-roading is not the primary function of the Atlas, but when you have one, you can enjoy driving in every situation, not just while on trails or in the mud.