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Hello. I have been looking a lot lately at getting an XC40 as my next vehicle, and am going to test drive one tomorrow. I recently learned there is no way to disable the traction control system on these. My concern is that, my history of vehicles where disabling traction control isnt possible, the cars are absolutely useless in heavy snow. Anybody there that can lend any insight on how these perform in heavy snow? Thank you.
 

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I have yet to drive my XC40 in snow, but you are in fact correct. The Electronic Stability Control (ESC) cannot be fully deactivated. It can be put into Sport mode which "offers more active driving characteristics." I wouldn't expect Sport mode to assist in snow. It has handled some light snow/ice without any issues, even with ESC on.
 

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A proper winter tire setup would go a long way in preventing any traction loss in heavy snow conditions. It's weird that they would remove the ability to disable TC as that was a feature on many of their older models.
 

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This video certainly makes it seem like traction control can be disabled and this model is testing with a summer tire setup. Is this just misinformation? I've heard nothing but good things about the stability control system.
 

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A proper winter tire setup would go a long way in preventing any traction loss in heavy snow conditions. It's weird that they would remove the ability to disable TC as that was a feature on many of their older models.
that's only half of the battle, the other half is knowing how to use them
can't tell you how many people I see in AWD Subaru's that are scared to keep up with the speed limit in winter conditions.
 

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It can be disabled - my XC40 has a disable button in the setup menu to disable the ESP. There is also a driving mode setting for rough road or slippery conditions that is particularly good for driving in the snow.
 

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Anybody there that can lend any insight on how these perform in heavy snow? Thank you.
Just went through a bunch of snow (about 10" over a few days) and was extremely impressed with the XC40. My alley is not plowed and I had no trouble whatsoever getting in and out. It was actually very rare that the car ever felt any different than on dry pavement. I've driven a handful of 4x4 vehicles over the years and this is by far the best. Let us know if you got one.
 
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