An All-Wheel Drive (AWD) is a car which delivers power to all four wheels at the same time. Traditionally, cars are 2WD, being either front or rear-wheel drive. Although, an all-wheel drive system is more complex, and therefore slightly more expensive, the performance benefits that you gain are huge. The added traction means you can reach otherwise inaccessible spots, such as a scenic viewpoint. You also get more control over the car, making it safer and more stable. Below we have put together a list of the best AWD cars of 2018; including hatchbacks, supercars and everything in between.
The Suzuki Vitara is a name that has been going for 30 years now, although the car behind the name has changed entirely. It has a ‘Boosterjet’ engine, an efficient and modern turbocharged engine with almost no lag to the turbocharger. Its AWD system is very effective at gently delivering power where needed most and it has been designed so well as a whole that there is a feeling of synchronicity between the engine, suspension, brakes and steering that is still so rare.
The Outback is a unique crossover, giving the capabilities of an SUV alongside the space and looks of an estate car. The new models come with a variety of helpful gadgets and a range of aesthetic improvements. Cameras on all sides aid in both parking and avoiding off-road obstacles, and its headlights swivel when turning to improve visibility around corners. The Subaru Outback offers great all-weather capabilities and a leisurely feel to its driving.
Ford Focus RS
The Ford Focus RS is a more affordable, everyday car that offers AWD capabilities. There is also the option for the ‘Twinster’ clutch package to turn the roads into a playground. The ‘Twinster’ gives a function that can provide all of the engine’s power to a single rear wheel, resulting in a ‘drift mode’ that you can’t help but love.
Porsche 911 Turbo
We kick off this list with a classic supercar loved by petrol heads all over the world. The Porsche 911 line has been running for decades, and it has survived this long due to its excellent craftmanship, stunning looks and the exhilarating feeling you get while driving it. Although there are RS and GT models that offer even greater performance, the Turbo remains usable and controllable enough for everyday roads. This being said, it still boasts over 500bhp, a 0-60 time of 3.0 seconds, and the potential for huge amounts of fun.
Ferrari have replaced the FF, at last, with a gorgeous car that you can barely take your eyes off. It has been transformed by some clever changes to the vents, wheels and grille. Although it is a big car, its AWD system has been greatly simplified since the FF, and works well in all weather conditions, even snow. Therefore, you can drive to and around your ski resort in style.
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