Stability is one of the most important things when it comes to driving dynamics. Since the introduction of the automobile more than 100 years ago, manufacturers tried their best to make cars handle corners, brake and steer better and today, over a century later, we have really incredible machines available to the general public. But car stability is a complicated matter since it depends on various factors. It is not enough just to have modern electronic systems, like ESP, but you need advanced basic construction as well as a low centre of gravity and all-wheel drive.
So, in order to have absolutely the best-handling car, you need to have power sent to all four wheels, a low silhouette and good weight distribution between the axles and a host of electronic aids to keep all that in check. It’s a pretty tall order for most cars, but there are a couple that has come very close and you can buy them today.
1) Audi Allroad
Audi is known for its superior Quattro all-wheel-drive system which is a good start for vehicle stability under any conditions. In form of the Audi A4 Allroad, buyers get a modern wagon with lots of space, a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with 220 bhp and eight-speed automatic transmission.
The most interesting thing is the ride height feature and the driver can lower and raise the car as he wishes giving it more clearance for off-roading or lower centre of gravity for highway cruising. Of course, Allroad is equipped with all kinds of electronic gadgets such as electronic stability control, traction control, and adaptive cruise control.
2) Subaru Outback
Two main features of all Subaru’s models are the boxer engine and intelligent and adaptive all-wheel drive. In the brand new Outback, you have both, which works perfectly. The boxer engine is powerful enough and the SUV-style body gives enough room for passengers and their luggage.
However, the all-wheel drive system is the most important since it features intelligent power delivery and the computer calculates which wheel has the best traction and sends power to it. This way, you can have four wheels in mud but if only one has some traction, you will be able to pull yourself out easily.
3) Ford Focus RS
A brand new hot hatch from Ford features an interesting combination of a powerful 2.3 litre EcoBoost turbo engine and a specially developed all-wheel-drive system. It is equipped with manual transmission only and has real torque vectoring ability which helps keep the car in perfect balance during hard cornering.
The all-wheel-drive manages to deliver power to both axles to maximize performance. For example, in normal driving, power is delivered to the front axle but in aggressive driving, most of the power goes to the back. Of course, besides the clever AWD drivetrain, there are ESP and EBD systems on board.
4) Ford Ranger
Pickup trucks are considered to be very stable vehicles in most cases since they are big, heavy and often with off-road ready 4×4 drivetrains. However, pickups are superior in most real-life situations, except in high-speed driving. Their high silhouette, big weight and high centre of gravity put clear boundaries on how this vehicle should be used. But, if you need a stable all-terrain vehicle that can pull, lift and carry all you need, Ford Ranger is a perfect choice.
5) Audi TT
The perfect definition of car stability could be a compact sports coupe from Audi, the TT. It is small, relatively light and powerful due to its 2.0-litre turbo engine. At the same time, it has the famous Quattro all-wheel-drive system, all electronic stability system, big brakes and a low centre of gravity. On paper, it is a perfect combination and this little car can deliver amazing handling to those who are brave enough to push it to the limits.