All-wheel drive test – Audi Quattro or BMW xDriveOctober 29, 2019
A team of enthusiasts decided once and for all to put an end to the eternal dispute – which all-wheel drive system is better, Audi Quattro or BMW xDrive. Test cars got the same tires for a clean experiment.
It is probably hard to find a person who at least once has not heard about the Audi Quattro and BMW xDrive all-wheel drive systems. Countless videos on the Internet try to answer the question of which German all-wheel drive system is better, but to be honest, none of these tests seem completely objective. Prowling once again over the Internet, we stumbled upon one video clip that seems to be able to put an end to the debate of interest to many.
The guys from the YouTube channel Tire Reviews decided to put identical Nokian tires on the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4, which were equipped with xDrive and Quattro all-wheel drive systems, respectively. Next, they needed to compare the behavior of cars on snow and ice. The competition for the two German sedans is the British Jaguar XE, which is also equipped with all-wheel drive.
“Many have told me that BMW’s four-wheel drive is better, or vice versa, Audi’s development is superior to Bavarian brand cars. And so we decided to put a big and fat point in this debate, ”Jonathan Benson of the Tire Reviews team explains his idea.
It is important to note that the tires that were used in this video on Audi and BMW cars are the same size, while the British sedan got a slightly different rubber. In addition, all three vehicles have very close power-to-weight ratios, and all three are equipped with automatic transmissions. Another thing we want to note is that the BMW representative has the lowest torque out of all three test cars.
So, the first test is related to measuring traction with snow. The second race should reveal what kind of all-wheel drive system will show itself better when riding on a frozen lake. Next is a snowy climb, and finally, there is a track for driving on a snowy road.
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