This is a 2019 T8 and there's a major oversight in this test - didn't put ESC in "sport mode":
That said, I pull a 3,500 lb boat up a slick boat ramp in Constant AWD (ESC in "normal mode") with zero issues.ESC Sport Mode helps provide maximum
traction if the vehicle gets stuck or is driving on a
loose surface such as deep snow or loose sand.
Not to question your extensive AWD expertise, but this is a T8 (PHEV). There is no Haldex unit. The rear axle is 100% electric.As a two time Subaru Legacy owner, and a soon to be V60 T5 FWD buyer I can honestly say I know All Wheel Drive very well and it is impressive how Subaru has done it. And I can tell you that a Haldex engineered AWD is misleading people to think they are buying all wheel drive-they are not!
Because the most basic, ABS-based traction control systems for vehicles with open differentials is programmed to stop exactly that sort of side-to-side (same axel or diagonal spinning within 1/4 rotation.Really? What makes you think that?
I've always thought similar and ill take the weight saving over the 'sometimes AWD'. In saying that, if i was buying new, id check the box and pay the $2k extra.As a two time Subaru Legacy owner, and a soon to be V60 T5 FWD buyer I can honestly say I know All Wheel Drive very well and it is impressive how Subaru has done it. And I can tell you that a Haldex engineered AWD is misleading people to think they are buying all wheel drive-they are not! Not just Volvo but nearly every other car maker is doing the same kind of misleading promotion of AWD. Sometimes it will help you...Sometimes, not! As shown in the Youtube above I prefer the T-5 FWD, at least I don't expect more than it can deliver. And driving safely means knowing what to expect from your vehicle. I'll slow down when it is wet, use 4 snow tires in winter, and remember to adjust my speed to the road conditions. All Wheel Drive....My ***!
It doesn't have Haldex. It is electric engine in the rear axle.It’s a ‘trick’ where they have pulled the fuses for the traction control and Haldex (the stability control doesn’t kick in until there is steering and yaw angle in motion). Since there are then essentially open differentials you get the opposite diagonal wheels spinning with torque applied and no resistance on either. You will get the same effect with any AWD vehicle (Subarus included) without a differential lock or a mechanical traction control system.
If you had this on your Volvo you would have multiple dashboard warning lights plus you would have noticed issues already in low traction conditions.
P.S.: All you need to know how effective the AWD system is on a P3 Volvo is a snowy day and an empty parking lot to play in, or to drive any FWD Volvo with snow tires for contrast.
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