AWD vs FWD vs RWD: Who Wins?

Videos | February 24th, 2015 by 4
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The folks at Xcar aims to answer the one question everyone has: What’s better – all-wheel drive, front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive. The Xcar’s hosts …

The folks at Xcar aims to answer the one question everyone has: What’s better – all-wheel drive, front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive. The Xcar’s hosts bring to the track an all-wheel drive Subaru Impreza, a rear-wheel drive BMW 120d and the front-drive Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy.

The test comparison starts with a hydraulic plate forcing the back end out on a wet skid pad, then a slalom on a slippery surface, followed by high-speed cornering through a wet sharp turn.

Best surface grip is what these guys are looking for and despite different tires and power, the test is quite interesting.

4 responses to “AWD vs FWD vs RWD: Who Wins?”

  1. Mike Vella says:

    This was a cool video, clearly you get extra help with all wheel drive.
    That being said, I’d like to see a test with two cars that were exact other than the drive train like a 328xi and 328i.

  2. Chris Llana says:

    The new dual-motor (AWD) Tesla apparently does amazingly well in slippery conditions. Hopefully more EVs will follow that example (AWD would be especially useful for regenerative braking in slippery conditions).

  3. Zack says:

    whilst the bmw is the rear-wheel drive how exactly does it fit the subaru and renault category??

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