Is the Volkswagen Jetta AWD?
How does the Volkswagen Jetta handle in the snow?
If you’re looking for a vehicle to be your daily driver, you’re probably expecting it to be able to drive every day no matter that season–even in the snow. Take this blog with a grain of sidewalk salt, because all-in-all, driving will be up to your discretion depending on how much snow and ice your region tends to get.
The Volkswagen Jetta is an excellent candidate for those searching for a daily driver, but for those of you living within the Snowbelt, one important question you’re going to automatically ask is how the Volkswagen Jetta handles in the snow.
Is the Volkswagen Jetta available with AWD?
First of all, the Volkswagen Jetta is a front wheel drive vehicle and does not offer an all-wheel drive option. If you’re looking for a Volkswagen car or SUV that is AWD, you might want to check out one of these vehicles.
The Jetta is a compact sedan with a performance side; equipped with a choice of turbocharged engines, it has a little extra oomph compared to other cars. What this means for you on a snowy day is that this extra horsepower and torque usually can give the Jetta the giddy up to get going.
(This does NOT mean that the Jetta can plow its way out of massive snow drifts or that it handles black ice like a master. What we are saying is that for its size, it packs a powerful, and helpful, punch.)
The Volkswagen Jetta also is built on top of a 4-corner independent suspension which will help you stay in control of your vehicle. It’s a fine-tuned suspension which will translate to a smoother ride.
Do snow tires make that much of a difference?
Tires DO make a difference. If you are frequently faced with snow and ice for a couple months out of the year like we are here in the Chicago area, we recommend investing in snow tires or all-weather tires, especially those of you who currently have performance tires on.
They might capable of going through mud and snow, but if you’re concerned about slipping and sliding, thicker tread is always a safer bet for better traction. Thinking of investing in a set of snow tires? Learn more about the different options and how they compare to all-seaosn tires.