I don't see the problem. I've tried a prorsche panamera 4s and a nissan gtr in snow without any problems...I agree with mike t about having a performance vehicle in the snow during the winter months. With too much power and torque it might affect traction. And with addition of winter tires they could only do so much.
The low ground clearance is an issue. But I don't think traction will be.4motion = VW
4MATIC = MB
I would say the 45 would be a bear in the snow because it has way too much power and torque and super-low ground clearance. Even with excellent winter tires, I think it would not be good.
the best way to learn is to throw on a set of winters, wait for the first snow fall, and find a big parking lot that hasn't been cleared of snow and go crazy with drifting. It's fun and a great way to learn how your car reacts to better prepare you.Everyone, does any one of you live in a true northern climate?
Put 4 brand new Blizzaks or any other top line winter tire on your car. Drop out of 18 or 19 inch rims to 17 for the winter, DRIVE SENSIBLY, you cannot accelerate or corner as if it is summer time and the streets are dry and VIOLA! You can drive the CLA 45 in the snow. I am coming from a modified Legacy GT with over 300 HP and no traction control, 2005 MY. No problems what soever, but then again, born and raised to live through Montreal winters, learned to drive for real, RWD cars, only 2 snow tires on rear wheels. I am waiting on my CLA 45 with ZERO concern for winter driving.
I will let you know tomorrow as I am picking up my car, and my winter tires are not going to be in Canada for another 10 days, and its snowing in CalgarySince the 4motion of the cla 45 is not like a ''regular'' awd, how it would help/react in the snow? Can we qualify it as a ''winter car'' like the 4motion in the C class for example?