Many Volkswagen vehicles have an optional dual-clutch automatic

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQ, VW Features & Technology on Friday, April 8th, 2016 at 7:45 pm
DSG automatic transmission in 2016 VW models

DSG automatic transmission in 2016 VW models

Some of the best things that can be found in vehicles are features you may not even know to ask for. One of our favorite examples is the DSG automatic transmission in 2016 VW models. While you’re browsing through the list of conveniences, one of the things that make the driving experience smoother often gets overlooked. If you haven’t been researching some of our sportier models, you may not even know the DSG exists.

What is a VW DSG transmission?

In most cases your transmission options will be either a standard manual or automatic, but in some models upgrading to higher trim levels also means the DSG automatic could come standard. The DSG initials stand for direct-shift gearbox, and this transmission has two separate gearboxes and clutches that are each electronically controlled. One clutch handles the odd gears, and the other controls the even gears, which means faster shifting for a smoother ride.

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Just as with all other automatic transmissions in the VW lineup, the DSG has the Tiptronic driving mode, which means you can take over manual control of the gears (without needing a clutch pedal) by simply pushing the shifter to the right and either pulling back to go down a gear or pushing forward to go up a gear. There are also paddle shifters to put this option right at your fingertips, and a safety feature to ensure the transmission will automatically shift gears when a top speed is reached.

So what vehicles should you look for if you want to see how this transmission works? The following Volkswagen models have the DSG automatic transmission as an option:


  • 2016 VW Jetta Hybrid
  • 2016 VW Jetta GLI
  • 2016 VW Passat V6 trims
  • All 4-cylinder 2016VW CC options
  • 2016 VW Beetle R-Line trims
  • 2016 VW Golf GTI
  • 2016 VW Eos
  • 2016 VW Golf R

For the most part, you’ll find the DSG automatic in the models most focused on performance, as slow gear shifts wouldn’t make for speedy models. Most options also come standard with a manual transmission, including the 2016 VW Golf R, which previously did not have the option.

So now you know what the DSG is, but you won’t know if it’s for you until you drive a VW. Take a test drive at Napleton Volkswagen Springfield, and be sure to check back here at our dealership blog for more posts on various features.