Feel Safer Driving Around Portland This Winter In An AWD MINI Cooper
Winter driving conditions in the Pacific Northwest can be challenging and unpredictable and even dangerous if you're not prepared. From rain, to ice and even snow, Portland drivers often feel safer in an all-wheel drive (AWD) vehicle that can handle winter driving conditions better than a front wheel drive vehicle can.
There are quite a few AWD vehicles to choose from if you're on the market for a new or used car that keeps you safe this winter. Be sure to stop into MINI of Portland where you can test drive several AWD ALL4 MINI models.
Are All MINI Cooper Models AWD?
Not all MINI Cooper vehicles have all wheel drive, but we do offer the ALL4 AWD option on many of our cars.
The following MINI models are available with AWD:
AWD vehicles differ from 4WD vehicles in that the all-wheel drive system is always on. These two drivetrains operate differently, though people often refer to them as if they are the same.
How The MINI ALL4 System Works:
The ALL4 AWD system defaults to AWD from the get-go. Similar to BMW's Xdrive system, which defaults to a 70/30 split of the engine's power from rear to front and also has the ability to able to divert 100% of power to the rear wheels, MINI's ALL4 system starts with a 50/50 split of the engine's power with the ability to re-allocate up to 100% of power back to the front wheels.
If the technical explanation is hard to understand, all you need to do is test drive a MINI ALL4 vehicle to feel the control and stability you'll get driving a MINI in wintery conditions around Portland.
Are ALL4 AWD Cars Better in Snow and Rain?All-wheel drive is better than two-wheel drive when it comes to driving in the snow and rain, particularly when trying to go up slippery hills around Portland. But it's important to remember that AWD cannot prevent an accident if you're driving too fast on slick roads. People often overestimate capabilities of their all-wheel-drive vehicles, so you'll still want to drive cautiously when the road conditions are bad.
Test Drive an AWD ALL4 MINI Cooper at MINI of Portland
We couldn't think of a better way to spend the next rainy day than test driving some of our ALL4 MINI Cooper models. We invite you to visit our dealership, take an ALL4 Clubman and Countryman out on the road and see how they handle in wet conditions. You may be surprised how much fun you can have driving in the rain and snow when you buy or lease a MINI!