- T5 SE 174 4Motion
In general, very true. Yet this is the 'common 4x4 knowledge' we found the hardest to learn to let go of in the 4M, coming from a Landy.My experience is the more you can reduce wheel spin the better
You more or less have to learn to trust and let the system control the spin. Since the 4M system basically only kicks in at a certain speed difference between front and rear axle, i.e. at a certain slippage, we had to learn to drive just a tad 'bolder' in our 4M than we would have in our Landy. There indeed you sort of try to drive just below the point where wheels start to slip, and when you start to slip you throttle down, in the 4M you drive at a speed just at/a little above where the wheels start to slip, and with a little slippage you just DON'T throttle down immediately but let the system kick in and help you.
It took us some time in our first off-road course with our 4M to become comfortable with this difference in approach, it felt very much counter-intuitive, coming from a 'classic' mechanical 4x4. We learned there that when we had a very slippery climb, and a Landy or other mechanical 4x4 in front of us slowed down, we had to just carry on and overtake, or we would get to a stand still on the slope. Since then, we got the hang of it.
Having said that, in our Pyrenees trip in 2019 there were stretches where we wished we would have been able to go slower...