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350AWD vs. 320CDI with snow tires ?

Hello All, Wondering if there is a consensus on which would fare better in NEW England winters: 350AWD or CDI with snow tires. Thoughts? Thanks. Al Hoffman
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Hello All, Wondering if there is a consensus on which would fare better in NEW England winters: 350AWD or CDI with snow tires. Thoughts? Thanks. Al Hoffman

Having previously owned a 4x4 (not MB), I doubt any 2 wheel car could even come close in snow or ice, winter tyres or not.

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A RWD car with winter tires will generally do better than an AWD car with all seasons.
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A RWD car with winter tires will generally do better than an AWD car with all seasons.
Thanks so much for the reply. So i take it that safetywise, you'd go with the CDI + snows ? Al
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A RWD car with winter tires will generally do better than an AWD car with all seasons.

My 4x4 had low profile performance tyres for the 5 years I owned it, in the snow the traction was exceptional even with them. No 2 wd car, especially rear wheel drive, even with winter tyres could touch a 4WD in snow.

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The issue usually is, that even 4-Matics by the book require HR, or even VR rated tires. Those tires are excellent on asphalt but very poor in slippery condition.
I used to drive 4-Matic wagon and even on our steep driveway it made a big difference comparing to 2WD sedan.
4-Matic also offers about 1" bigger clearance, what can make a big difference in deep snow.
Than it all comes to what kind of snow exactly we are talking about. None of above will go in 12" of powder.
The initial cost and cost of operating are going to be quite different on those models.
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My 4x4 had low profile performance tyres for the 5 years I owned it, in the snow the traction was exceptional even with them. No 2 wd car, especially rear wheel drive, even with winter tyres could touch a 4WD in snow.

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I don't know how much snow Scotland gets, but the original poster is in New England. Their snowfall, which can be worse than what I get, is pretty close to our snowfall. Again, the tires make or break a car in the winter. Since it's New England I'd go with the E350 4Matic and get dedicated winter tires.
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This forum is phenomenal. Thanks so much for all of your input. I take it the VR and HR rated tires are suggested for the 350 and the 320 (for general purpose driving?). The 1" added clearance is potentially a huge advantage I would imagine. On relatively steep icy hills would you still recommend the 35 with snow tires?
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AWD with a good set of (4) nokians would be unstoppable. that is as long as the pilot is accustomed to driving in snow. My wife drives the rwd 124 in winter with nokian hakka q's and they are superb.

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A RWD car with winter tires will generally do better than an AWD car with all seasons.
Not really. My snow car is Audi A6 with all season michleins - I don't have any problem driving in a middle of snow storm - i can easily pass slower traffic (SUV etc)

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