Two Or Four-Wheel-Drive – Which Is Best?

If you’re thinking of giving yourself a treat, in the form of a new car, or the family needs one, should you go for four-wheel-drive, or stick with two-wheel-drive? At this time of year four-wheel-drive makes sense, but there are pros and cons to consider.

What’s The Difference?

So, first things first, what’s the difference between four-wheel-drive and two-wheel-drive? Well, four-wheel-drive means power goes to all wheels of the vehicle. Whereas with two-wheel-drive, the vehicle’s power drives just two wheels. These cars are the most common, and come in front-wheel-drive or rear-wheel-drive guise.

Four-Wheel-Drive: Pros & Cons

Okay, so what are the advantages and disadvantages of these two set-ups? Well, a four-wheel-drive vehicle can put power through each wheel to handle different environmental conditions and terrain. For instance, four-wheel-drive is great for tackling non-tarmac roads, mud, snow and water – as the vehicle has more grip and control. There are some disadvantages, though. Four-wheel-drives are more expensive to run as they are heavier and therefore thirstier. They also go through tyres more quickly and are more expensive to purchase.

Two-Wheel-Drive: Pros & Cons

When it comes to two-wheel-drive, things tend to be less pricey overall. Vehicles with front-wheel-drive tend to have good grip, and are pretty decent at tackling bad weather. Meanwhile, rear-wheel-drives are quicker off the line and tend to be sharp when it comes to braking. But, there are down sides to motors with two-wheel-drive. For instance; cars with front-wheel-drive aren’t always top handlers as their weight is not as evenly distributed. And, with rear-wheel-drives, any kind of icy or snowy weather can result in more slipping and sliding.


So, even though cars with four-wheel-drive are the obvious choice for winter, two-wheel-drive vehicles are cheaper and, those with front-wheel-drive, can handle bad weather relatively well, anyway. It all comes down to how much money you’re prepared to spend on a car – not just when you buy it – but when it comes to forking out for its running costs, too.