The 2 systems are completely different, ASR being Automatic Slip Regulation not ESP which is the full stability control system. ASR is basically only a glorified traction control whereas ESP uses electronic control of the individual wheel brakes to prevent the car from becoming unstable under all driving conditions.
Dunno mate, the Beetle must have got it before the Golf.
ESP definitely superceded ASR. Volkswagen made a big deal (lots of adverts) about the fact that all Golfs now came with ESP. This was at the time when I was buying my car. It was summer 2002, and ESP came standard with MY2003 cars. My 2001 car has ASR.
Plus the fact that ASR is just 'anti-slip regulation' which is a bog standard traction control, and ESP is an "electronic stability program' which as Chris says above is much more sophisticated and is supposed to sort you out if you get it wrong in corners.
I suppose a 2.0 Beetle doesn't exactly need traction control either does it?
Quote: posted by Stevoraith on 29/03/2005 12:07:22
ESP is an "electronic stability program' which as Chris says above is much more sophisticated and is supposed to sort you out if you get it wrong in corners.
5th Gear demo'ed it last night, and its amazing TBH. Tiff took an X Type and went through two chicanes at 70MPH on sheet ice. With ESP off the car spun wildly out of control. With it on, you could see the wheels individually braking and maintaining control - completely without drama.
They also had a sheet of ice on a steep slope, and even with steady throttle control, it was impossible for Tiff to drive up it - the car just wheelspun and slid backwards. With ESP on, it went straight up, again no drama at all.
It confused me even further because I am sure advice here was to turn it off in the snow!
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