Difference Between Front Wheel Drive and Rear Wheel Drive

Comparison Front Wheel Drive and Rear Wheel Drive in a Front Engine Chassis

Difference Between Front Wheel Drive and Rear Wheel Drive




Front Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Weight in front of the vehicle is much Greater than rear due to engine, steering, final drive are at the front. So the weight of the vehicle may not balanced.Rear wheel drive Weight of the vehicle is well balanced on all wheel due to the engine at the front and final assembly at rear.
This layout provides a low floor since there is no longer propeller shaft and drive (differential) is placed at the front instead of the rear.It required long propeller shaft and differential at the rear. Hence, floor height is Greer than front wheel drive.
The clutch, gearbox, and differential are usually made as one unit thereby cost are reduced.The clutch and gearbox at the front and fin ve at the rear, are not a single unit, hence the cost is increased.
Due to the more weight placed on the wing wheels, the vehicle has more adhesion on road.Due to less weight on driving wheel, there is a chance of skidding on slippery surfaces.
Due to good adhesion on road, good the capacity even on the curves.Due to less adhesion on road, less holding capacity
Luggage space at the rear is spacious.Luggage space is available at the rear but due to final drive at back, it is less spacious.
On a gradient or while accelerating, the weight of vehicle shifts (due to inertia) to the rear wheels it is not desirable for better adhesion. Hence, a tractive effort is reduced on a gradient.On a gradient or white accelerating, the weight of vehicle shifts to the rear wheel which is driving wheels, hence, at that condition better adhesion and tractive effort available.
On slippery gradients, understeer condition develop which is not desirable.On slippery gradients, there is very less Ounce of understeer.



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