Touareg: 2006 V10 TDI
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Sydney, Australia
Second Vehicle: 2015 V8 TDI
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Thanks that was the sort of info I was looking Patr80l as I have purchased a 2014 4motion with the air suspension and just wanted to know if it was generally decent enough to take off road I drive a Toyota V8 Troopy everyday for work with a lot of off road stuff as part of my job and all my other 4x4 have been manual dual range just looking for some responses from people with real experience
QUOTE=Patr80l;2036407]I've said this before: an automatic with a relatively low first gear and electronic trickery will get you through.
I don't think I've ever needed low first to ascend in any of my various manual transmission vehicles (Landcruisers and Patrols). Low second was enough. An automatic with plenty of torque will creep up hills with ease. The torque converter will look after that.
I don't think an automatic is great for descents, with or without low range. Let the electronic hill descent use the brakes to look after that.
I've had a 2007 4XMotion TDI with steel springs and now drive a 2016 4Motion TDI with air suspension (The 4XMotion was no longer available here by 2016). Driver skill may compensate for fewer choices of ratios but it can't replace ground clearance.
and like others have said; it really depends on the tyres. I have a second set of rims with 18" General Grabbers for the bush. The 20" Pirellis stay at home.
We’ve had the 4motion along on some of the very tricky rock crawling trails. Whilst the going was much slower for it, it got through most if it. Clearance is a an issue, but you have air. Put a good set of off road tyres and it will do you justice
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