AWD vs 4WD – What’s the Difference?

July 7th, 2021 by

Mercedes-Benz London’s Car Buying Tips

AWD vs 4WD – What’s the Difference?

If you’re wondering what the difference is between AWD and 4WD, read our handy guide. We explain the differences between AWD and 4WD. Once you’re done reading, explore our inventory and fill out a pre-approval to take the next step with Mercedes-Benz London. We’ll help you determine whether AWD or 4WD is right for you!


AWD

AWD stands for “all-wheel drive.” In an AWD drivetrain, torque is sent from the engine to the front and rear axles via the differentials. There are two types of AWD drivetrains: part-time and full-time. In a part-time AWD system, torque is sent to the front and rear axles as needed in response to certain conditions. In full-time system, torque is continuously sent to the front and rear axles.

4WD

4WD stands for “four-wheel drive,” otherwise known as 4X4. Traditional AWD drivetrains send power to the front and rear axles, 4WD however sends that power to the front and rear axles, but can also send specific amounts of power to the left axles and right axles. This means that your 4WD makes your vehicle even more tractable and responsive. You’ll find this on many trucks and off-road vehicles.

Which is Better: AWD or 4WD?

Is AWD better than 4WD? No, both drivetrains serve different needs. AWD requires less power and is great for increasing traction on wet or icy roads in London, and is more effeciant. It’s not as powerful as 4WD though, which is great for driving off-road or balancing out handling while towing heavy loads. Determining which drivetrain is right for you is a matter of deciding whether you need increased traction for safety purposes (AWD) or off-roading and towing purposes (4WD).

Experience the Difference Between AWD & 4WD in London

Now that you’ve read about what the difference is between AWD and 4WD, the best way to determine which is better for you is to come in today to see us for a test drive. We’ll make sure that you make an informed decision when you choose between AWD and 4WD.

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