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4x4, 4WD, AWD - are they the same?

Updated: Nov 1, 2023

Have you ever wondered what it really means if a car is 4x4 or 4WD or AWD? We have! So we did the research and put together a handy guide to help you upskill your motoring knowledge.

What is a 4x4?

A 4x4, or four-wheel drive, is a vehicle that has all four wheels powered by the engine. This gives the vehicle better traction and handling in slippery or off-road conditions.

Is there any difference between AWD and 4WD?

Yes, there is a difference between all-wheel drive (AWD) and four-wheel drive (4WD). AWD is a system that sends power to all four wheels all the time, while 4WD is a system that can be switched to four-wheel drive when needed. 4WD is generally more capable off-road than AWD, but it can also be less fuel-efficient.

Why would I need a 4x4 in the UAE?

The UAE has a variety of terrain, from city streets to desert dunes. A 4x4 can be helpful in any of these conditions, but it is especially useful for off-road driving.

Are 4x4s heavier on fuel?

Not necessarily. Modern 4x4s are designed to be fuel-efficient, and many of them get the same fuel economy as two-wheel drive vehicles. Your mileage may vary depending on many other factors though.

What are the benefits of a 4x4 crossover?

Crossovers are a good choice for people who want the benefits of a 4x4 without the bulk and weight of a traditional SUV. Crossovers are typically more fuel-efficient than SUVs, and they are also easier to drive and park. The Toyota RAV4 is a good example of a 4x4 crossover.

Ultimately, the vehicle you drive depends on your own individual situation. Some people just need a car to get from A to B and don’t care about fancy features. For some, fuel economy is a top priority. And then there’s some of us who like to live it up no matter the make, model or car type - or fuel economy!

Whatever your preference, we have the right set of wheels for you - check out our cars for rent right now and book your whip today!

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