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Winter is on its way, and with it, inclement weather that could rain on your posh parade with safety concerns. Fret not, though; plenty of luxury AWD cars can grip hard and deliver you in serene comfort through some of the most irritatingly inclement weather. Check out five of the most opulent and winter-friendly luxe rides out there, like the tenured BMW 5 Series and ballistically fast Tesla Model S. 

Are all luxury cars all-wheel drive?

A set of BMW AWD luxury cars park on the tarmac.
BMW 5 Series | BMW

While many marques produce luxury cars with standard or optional all-wheel drive (AWD) in 2023 and 2024, not every luxury model offers four-wheeled grip. For instance, models like the 2023 Acura Integra and Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio go without the option. 

Instead, the Integra has front-wheel drive (FWD), and the Alfa sends its power to the rear rubber. However, everything from fully electric Teslas to range-topping BMWs offers AWD. 

Which luxury cars offer AWD? 

A gray Tesla Model S sits in the dark.
Tesla Model S | Tesla

Today, many luxury cars offer AWD. However, these five posh models have the potential to tick your grip and luxury boxes. 

  • BMW 5 Series
  • Genesis G80
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class
  • Tesla Model S
  • Lucid Air 

Are BMW 5 Series good in snow?

A gray BMW 5 Series luxury AWD car sits in wait outside of a government building.
BMW 5 Series | BMW

BMW 5 Series models, like the 2 and 3 Series, ride on rear-wheel drive (RWD) platforms as standard. However, the Bavarian marque offers the 2023 BMW 5 Series with xDrive, the brand’s AWD system. Consequently, you can get a mid-range 540i xDrive that will handle snow with sure-footed grip.

The 2023 BMW 5 Series starts at $56,995 for the 530i. However, fans who want the range-topping M550i will have to part with closer to $82,495. 

Is there an AWD Genesis?

Genesis, Hyundai’s luxe marque, offers several cars and SUVs with AWD to handle inclement weather. For instance, the 2023 Genesis G80 3.5T Sport, a striking 375-horsepower luxury sedan, has AWD as standard equipment. However, the lower-trim 2.5T offers the added grip as a $3,150 option, per TrueCar.

Further, even with the $3,150 option, the upgraded 2.5T starts under $60,000.  

Is the Mercedes-Benz C-Class good in snow?

The 2023 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, like its rival, the BMW 3 Series, comes standard with RWD. However, fans who want the multiplied grip can opt for a C300 with 4Matic AWD starting at under $50,000.  

Is the Tesla Model S one of the best new luxury AWD cars?

The 2023 Tesla Model S offers dual-motor and tri-motor AWD applications split between the Long Range and Plaid trim. Moreover, the Model S Long Range starts at around $76,380, making the long-legged, 670-horsepower EV one of the best pound-for-pound luxury AWD cars on the market. 

Is the Lucid Air good in snow?


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The Lucid Air, not unlike the Model S Dual Motor application, utilizes two electric motors at higher trims to power all four wheels. Better yet, the 2023 Lucid Air Grand Touring summons 1,050 horsepower, while the all-new 2024 Lucid Air Sapphire produces a tire-cracking 1,234 electrocuted ponies.

Bring your piggy bank, though; the 2023 Lucid Air Pure starts at around $83,900. Keep up with MotorBiscuit for the latest luxury and supercar content!