Quattro Vs xDrive Revisited: Audi And BMW Engage In Roller Battle

The last thing the Quattro vs. xDrive debate needed was more fuel being added to the fire, and while the topic isn’t as frequently brought up as it once was, this rivalry is still ongoing.

Then again, how could it not be? It’s Audi versus BMW. It’s not like these two brands are going anywhere out of sight. People are always going to want to know which one holds the upper hand over the other, and comparing their all-wheel drive systems is as good a place as any to start from.

To be fair, we have seen both systems claim victory over the years, so right now, it’s hard to think that one of them might have a clear edge, although we do have our suspicious regarding which system processes information quicker – leading to faster response times.

With that in mind, this test was quite fascinating. As many as three rollers were used to simulate a lack of traction on two or three wheels, testing either the rear axles or a combination of front and rear (both sides, opposite sides etc).

Initially, the cars had to overcome a rear axle deficiency, which was an easy victory for both. The test however did get harder towards the end, where one of the two vehicles managed to escape its bonds faster. As for the soldiers in question, the BMW was a 530i xDrive, while its opponent was an Audi A6 TDI quattro.

  • Miknik

    I would have thought that the A6 would fare better, but surprised to see the BMW was better in nearly every discipline.

  • nastinupe

    Wow… Audi didn’t fare as well as I expected. You would think that if a company did one thing all of the time, that they would do it better than everyone else. Kind of like how it was surprising how well Mercedes made AMG GT-S and it was surprisingly better than the 911

  • TheBelltower

    Pretty surprising how they both got hung up on certain configurations. Totally unacceptable that Audi failed two of them completely. This is supposed to be Audi’s expertise.

    Also, that diesel sounds like a crude lawn tractor. I don’t know how anyone could tolerate that racket.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Is it bad that I thought I was looking at a C6 generation A6 for a few seconds? The 5 series was actually the reason I finally realized it was the new model.

    I really hope this just means that black isn’t its color.

  • eb110americana

    Did they turn off Traction Control? I would have thought that TC should brake the spinning wheels and assist in rerouting power to the one or two with traction.

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