In the seemingly never-ending battle of one-upsmanship between Audi and BMW, the latter has somehow managed to make fun of the former’s fabled - and original - Quattro system all while promoting its very own xDrive system that, not coincidentally, is celebrating 25 years of using all-wheel drive technology on its vehicles.

Quite a handful, isn’t it?

If you had problems following that, then let this video do the explaining for you. In it, we see two SUVs being tested on its all-wheel drive capabilities, the Audi Q5 and the BMW X3, while trying to drive up a steep metal incline. Surprisingly enough, the Audi Q5 – with that Quattro system – struggles to even get a sniff of the second platform whereas the BMW – with the xDrive system – does so with relative ease. Since this looks to be a BMW press event, we’re going to withhold judgment on the X3’s seemingly dominant all-wheel drive system and instead chalk it up to BMW pulling the proverbial rug on its competitor once again.

After all, the Quattro system can’t be that bad, can it?


Source: You Tube

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  (1023) posted on 04.13.2011

Its kind of annoying that BMW is actually doing this lame move in order to increase their sale! This is what I hate on business industry!

  (780) posted on 04.13.2011

Well, competition is necessary to have a motivation to improve what you were doing today and think of more ideas and concept for unstoppable need of people when it comes to automobile.

  (402) posted on 04.7.2011

hmm. I think its a sort of marketing plan. And sadly to say but it works. However, Audi is offering a huge variety of cars that have different characteristic so I don’t think that the "testing" would be a big deal for the four-ring company!

  (714) posted on 04.7.2011

Well, I can see insecurities here. I mean Quattro system has been used by the Audi for a longest time now. And a competitor that actually uses that system is kind of insecure on their part.

  (274) posted on 03.15.2011

So it seems that BMW doesn’t know about sportsmanship.
why do they need to do that testing? There are lot of review in the net that actually tells the capability of the Quattro system and whether its good or not! Shame on BMW!

  (247) posted on 11.2.2010

An interesting observation: If you consider (for a moment) the E46/E39/E38 era of BMW 3/5/7 to be generation one, the 3 was the only model to offer AWD.

  (247) posted on 11.2.2010

Ha! It’s hilarious to see Bimmers off- road!

  (377) posted on 11.1.2010

The WRX STi runs a driver-controlled LSD in the center, with a LSD up front and a Torsen LSD in the rear. No open diffs or locked spools anywhere in that drive train.

  (58) posted on 11.1.2010

LOL my 2008 Rubicon would walk up that ramp with out even breaking a sweat. They are both a joke.

  (1) posted on 10.31.2010

The tyres were much smaller on the Audi it was all staged and quattro is Audi’s 4 wheel drive system

Uncia  (868) posted on 10.31.2010

If they were going to be truly fair, they would have put an identical set of tires on both cars.

Uncia  (142) posted on 10.31.2010

Audi looks like it is just plain standard all wheel drive .. what the heck is quattro? some joke word.

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