We have all seen this listed as a feature on many new cars, but what does it mean? Does my Volkswagen Passat have speed sensitive steering? What does speed sensitive steering feel like? We are here to answer all your sensitivity questions! Read on to find out more!
Not to be confused with speed sensitive audio volume, speed sensitive steering might seem like a weird thing to mention in a list of features on your car. We will explain what it does:
Speed Sensitive Steering (also known as Variable Assist Steering)
This nifty feature works to more evenly distribute the power steering sensitivity by increasing and decreasing it’s assistance depending on how fast the vehicle is going. When your car is going slower, the power steering offers more assistance in turning the wheel. When the vehicle is moving more quickly, less power is needed to change direction and turn the wheel, so the power steering helps out a little less.
The cool part, is that if an emergency occurs and the wheel needs to be turned really quickly at high speeds, the power steering will assist at full capacity! Cars are so smart these days.
Speed sensitive steering works to give drivers more control and capability when needing to make tight turns, but also makes the vehicle feel controlled and smooth when moving at high speeds. There really aren’t any downsides. On the other hand, when you start having issues with your power steering, things can get a little dicey!
Need to get your power steering checked out?
The 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen has speed sensitive steering. Test drive one today!