Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system is one of the best full-time all-wheel drive systems on the market. Using a Torsen center differential, it’s able to find grip on almost any surface. However, it’s more for performance in slippery conditions and isn’t great for a lot of SUV-type situations. So how will it fare against a Land Rover Discovery in a tug-of-war?
In this new video from Carwow, we take a look at a tug-of-war competition between a Land Rover Disco and some other SUVs, including an Audi Q7. In this tug-of-war, we see the Disco hooked up to the other SUVs, one by one, to see which can pull the other in a muddy grass field. The first contender is a VW Toureg, then an Audi Q7 and then a Toyota Land Cruiser.
We don’t know exactly what sort of tires are fitted to each car (which would make a difference) but we still don’t think the results would have changed too much based on tires.
The results are rather predictable, as the Disco simply out-pulls everything it faces, including the Audi Q7, with relative ease. Each car in this test is a turbocharged diesel variant, so they all have a ton of low-down torque. However, only the Land Rover Discovery and Land Cruiser have proper low-range gearboxes with two-speed transfer cases.
While the Q7 does an admiral job for a few seconds, the Land Rover quickly takes over the tows the Q7 backward with ease. It’s actually quite remarkable, just how capable the Disco is on muddy surfaces. The crazy thing is that it isn’t even in its most hardcore off-road modes during this test. It’s simply in a grassy off-road setting and it’s using its brain to sort the grip out. Even with just that, it dominated this competition.
So Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system is brilliant for driving quickly in slippery conditions but it doesn’t exactly help its cars tow.