Join Date: Jun 2012
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RWD or AWD
I used to own a 300M back at in the 2000-2002 time frame, been driving Audi's (A8/A6/TT AWD) and VW Passats (FWD) recently, and I am seriously considering the 300C (V6) as my next car.
I like my current Passat, but due to the FWD layout (frequent wheel spin with the 2.0T engine) and complete lack of advanced technology options (no HID's, no Adaptive Speed Control, no ventilated seats, no Blind Spot Detection, etc) the 300C is high on my list. I would actually really like the new Audi A6, but it's $20,000 - $25,000 more expensive when equipped similar to an 300C with the Light Group, Safety Tech option and Beats Audio option, and I am currently not willing to spend that much more money to get the Audi (in addition, Audi leases are terrible).
I live in Austin, TX. It rarely rains, and I have seen snow twice in the past 12 years (both times it was gone by the afternoon of the day if came down), so having AWD is not all that important from that perspective. I loved the AWD in my Audi TT, A6 and A8 and hate the FWD in the VW Passat. I have never owned a RWD vehicle, but what I read and hear is that they are much better than FWD systems when power is put to the wheels. There is one AWD 300 available at an Austin dealer, and I have found it difficult to get extended test drives with any of the 300's (AWD or RWD) I have found.
It looks like the AWD system adds about $2,350 to the 300C price tag, so my questions is:
Is the AWD system worth the additional $2,350 over the RWD system when using the car in Texas?