How will the bug handle winter driving?

September 12th, 2018 by

How does the Volkswagen Beetle drive in snow?

Sure, the argument could be made that there are lots of great things about winter. However, very few people would posit that driving on snow-covered or slippery roads would make that list. Dealing with winter driving conditions is simply something we have to contend with. During the process of buying a vehicle, customers inquiring to Spitzer Volkswagen sales professionals about how a vehicle will handle snow is a pretty common occurrence. Since the primary purpose of the Spitzer VW Blog is to answer questions, this seemed like a natural fit. We’ll start with one of the most popular vehicles in our inventory. How does the Volkswagen Beetle handle in the snow?

By design, the VW Beetle is a lightweight and fuel-efficient platform. This is great when going on long trips or just for a couple laps around the block to clear your head. Being lightweight can be a little concerning when it comes to getting through snow-covered roads, especially if the plows haven’t been through yet. The weight of a vehicle can directly affect how well it can handle slippery conditions.

Even though the Volkswagen Beetle isn’t very heavy, it still has a major element in its favor, it has front-wheel-drive. This gives it a natural advantage for dealing with snow and ice.

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If the VW Beetle can do these things, you can probably make it to work during a snowstorm. Sorry.

Why is front-wheel-drive better in snow?

The reason front-wheel-drive vehicles like the VW Beetle should have little problem handling snow is because of weight distribution. Since the engine of the latest generation of the VW Beetle is over the front wheels, which happen to be driving the car forward (front-wheel-drive) this is naturally going to give the wheels more traction.

However, don’t let this natural capability lull you into a false sense of security. The VW Beetle isn’t an SUV. It sits low to the ground, so drivers will need to take care not to get stuck in deep snow.

If anyone would like to take a closer look at the any of the available Volkswagen Beetle models available at Spitzer VW, please make an appointment to see a sales professional today.

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