Can luxury SUVs really drive off-road?September 22, 2020
A video has appeared on the YouTube channel that shows how premium SUVs and crossovers cope with the off-road. The results of the races may surprise you.
It’s no secret that most modern SUVs and crossovers today spend most of their lives exclusively on paved roads, getting from point A to point B. Be that as it may, automakers are equipping them with systems that should help them overcome off-road conditions.
The guys from the Youtube channel decided to arrange a competition between expensive crossovers and SUVs and see how each of them will show itself on a real off-road, and not in a city.
The machines climb a dirt slope with three main obstacles.
First, there is an area cut by ruts, through which cars must pass without the use of off-road vehicles. After a short rest, participants must overcome a more difficult obstacle, where all four wheels do not have guaranteed contact with the road. The third obstacle involves hanging the wheels diagonally.
From the very beginning it was clear that the power of the engines of the contenders for the victory would not help them much. Many different factors, such as tires, vehicle weight and traction control systems, play a large role in off-roading. While the BMW X6 struggled to overcome the first couple of obstacles, its compatriot Audi Q8 swept through them with immense confidence.
In the case of the Range Rover Sport, the brand’s off-road pedigree is immediately apparent. While you might have thought its 5.0-liter supercharged V8 would win, the car was far more understated than one might expect.
Since the pilots in the first round had completely different skill levels, it was decided that the best of them would again select the same set of vehicles to see if they could show different results. Unsurprisingly, things were very similar – there was still a toss between the Range Rover Sport and the Audi Q8 at the top. Despite the fact that the German SUV faced the problem of overheating of the transmission, it was still able to show impressive results.
Not so long ago, AutoTimesNews wrote that the Haval H9 for extreme off-road conditions went on sale. This modification received a reinforced body structure and improved protection. However, it will also cost significantly more.
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