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Volkswagen’s modern naming convention adds a bunch of funky new prefixes. They’re not super intuitive to decode, like its ID. line of EV cars and SUVs. One of the most misunderstood, and enigmatic, is the new IQ.Drive system. What is IQ.DRIVE and what does it mean?

What is IQ.DRIVE?

2023 ID.4 logo
VW ID.4 SUV | Volkswagen

Every manufacturer has a branded driver’s assistance system. In VW’s case, that’s the IQ.DRIVE system for its cars and SUVs. The IQ.DRIVE system combines cameras and sensors to help a driver stay safer. The system combines several common features, like adaptive cruise control that uses sensors to detect cars ahead and keep a safe distance. It also has lane keep assist, a front assist feature that monitors the road and can brake the car on its own, it also has a rear traffic alert that can spot cars behind you when you’re backing up.

One of the most talked about features is VW’s Travel Assist, which is VW’s semi-automated driving system. It can help keep the car in lane, speed up or slow down to keep you with the flow of traffic and monitor for dangers. If a driver is distracted, it can brake and steer to avoid a pedestrian, for example. The system also allows over-the-air updates.

Is VW IQ drive standard?

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Volkswagen ID.4 | Volkswagen

VW IQ.DRIVE is not standard on all VWs. Today, IQ.Drive can be found on most VW cars and SUVs. It’s standard on the ID.4 SUV and the 2023 Volkswagen Areton, however. For most vehicles, it’s part of an upgrade package. The ID.Buzz van, ID.5 sedan, and ID.8 SUV will all have the system, as well.

Today, VW makes several SUVs, sedans and small hatchbacks.

How much is Volkswagen IQ drive?

The IQ.DRIVE system is standard on the company’s electric vehicles. However, if you get a gas-powered VW, you’ll need to order an upgrade package to get the system. On the best-selling VW Tiguan three-row SUV, for example, the standard S version, which starts at $28,245 does not come with IQ.DRIVE. However, for $895 you can add the system as a stand-alone option. Other, more expensive, versions of the Tiguan have the system standard.

The Atlas seven-passenger SUV, VW’s second-bestselling vehicle according to Car Sales Statistics, also offers IQ.DRIVE. The large three-row SUV starts at $35,150, but it’s only an option on top-line trims.

What is VW’s 4Motion?

A green 2022 Volkswagen Atlas midsize SUV is driving off-road.
The 2022 Volkswagen Atlas | Volkswagen

Many assume that IQ Drive adds four-wheel drive to a VW. It doesn’t. Instead, VW’s four-wheel drive system is called 4Motion. 4Motion comes in several flavors, depending on which car you get, but you wouldn’t notice a difference on the road.

VW’s smaller models, like the Golf, that is normally a front-wheel drive car, get a system built by Haldex. This system uses an electronic clutch system to send power to the rear wheels. Others, like the brand’s SUVs, get a Torsen system, which is always active and puts power front-to-rear depending on mechanical grip. For all-wheel drive in its electric cars, VW simply adds a second motor to add power.