Of course, every model from even the same make is going to handle winter differently.
My B8 S4 with Torsen and sport diff was quite drama free and competent in the winter. Neutral, and extremely stable at high speeds in a way that no Subaru could match. It was fast and sure footed, but also had that long wheelbase lack of fun.
My 8P A3 with haldex felt like an extremely planted small fwd car. Predominant characteristics of understeer and difficult to provoke into slide. But high levels of grip and again stable at high speeds.
My 2011 STI Hatch, 2009 WRX265 sedan, 2005 Legacy wagon, 2004 Outback, 2002 WRX, 2000 Legacy, and 1998 Legacy were all more or less the exact same car in the winter. Understeered heavily, squirrelly on power, and not overly stable at higher speeds. That said, they did possess decent raw grip, and the STI in particular had the power and diffs to draw out extended powerslides.
My 2015 WRX is totally different. Very "neutral" and twitchy. And by the parentheses, I mean it's fairly tail happy. This winter if you see an ISM WRX sideways at inappropriate times, it's probably just me going tail out on liftoff or trail braking. Still not German highway stable, but this is a FUN chassis in the winter. It has grip, but also lots of drama driving around ass out. If the C&D did a long term review of this car in the snow and their testers antisocial enough, this car would rank quite highly.
My 3 BMW xdrives are all the same again. Very stable like the Audis, but more RWD biased. I like it.
If you're looking for a car that makes snow feel like pavement, get a German car. And on the subject of tires, I've owned as many winter tires as cars, and I like XI3s most.
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