All-Wheel Drive: Mercedes 4MATIC vs Audi quattro

By Audi Blainville
Published on 06/28/2018

Are you shopping for a high-end vehicle with an all-wheel drive but are not sure which to choose? With the legendary Audi quattro system, your mind will be at peace and you will be able to face any road condition, even the most extreme, in complete safety. Even more, it received better ratings than its rivals, including the Mercedes-Benz 4MATIC system, in a series of snow-covered runway tests. To find out more about the quattro system, come by your Audi dealership in Blainville in the Laurentians today!

Audi’s quattro system was created in 1980 for rally vehicles and contributed to the success of the brand in several car track events over the years. Whether we think of the quattro A2 success-the 1st B group quattro-which won the most awards, or of the powerful quattro Sport with 400 horsepower, the quattro Sport E2 (Audi S1) or the quattro Coupé, among others. Although the high-performance powertrains of these cars have admittedly played a major role on their track successes, the quattro system was also a big help. And today, all Audi models without exception come standard or optionally with the quattro all-wheel drive; whether you opt for a 2018 Audi Q5 or a 2018 Audi A4, enjoy all the advantages that come with a quattro version in terms of stability and performances!

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Did you know that the LuxuryCarMagazine.com website ranks the quattro system as one of the 6 best all-wheel drive systems? The 4MATIC system from Mercedes-Benz, offered on models such as the C300 4MATIC, the B250 4MATIC or the GLA 250 4MATIC, has had no success in breaching this top 6, and this for many reasons. First, several tests were carried out on snowy tracks with various models from many manufacturers possessing an all-wheel drive system, and without a surprise, Audi outshined its competition hands down! Here are a few of the quattro system strong points over its Mercedes-Benz counterpart:

  • Quicker launch from standing starts;
  • Smaller turning radius in slalom type tests (30 cm from the cones for Audi as opposed to 90 cm for Mercedes);
  • Less understeering with the quattro system than with the 4MATIC;
  • Almost no skidding during turns, while the Mercedes 4MATIC loses rear traction.

With the quattro system, you will also benefit from increased traction when accelerating, without sacrificing the driving dynamics. The self-locking differential of the quattro system (offered on the 2019 A7 and 2019 A8 models, among others) allows for constant power to the 4 wheels, but also distributes it between the front and rear axles, as well as between the left and right wheels, which provides an exceptional and safe driving experience.

To find out more about the advantages of the Audi quattro systems over the Mercedes-Benz 4MATIC all-wheel drive, or to book a test drive of one of our models, come meet us today at Audi Blainville close to St-Jerome in the Laurentians! Whether you live in Terrebonne or elsewhere on the North Shore of Montreal, we are the benchmark in the area; come see us without delay!

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