I got the opportunity to test the front wheel drive Peugeot 2008 off-road recently and I was keen to see if they can actually work well when things get slippy.
Peugeot Grip Control System
I was doubtful at first; a front wheel drive car that works well off-road? How wrong could I have been? The 2008 has a grip control system with 5 different settings: normal, snow, off-road, sand, and ESP off. You can see below how the car worked when tested on very muddy ground and through deep sand.
I spent around 30 minutes driving around various bits of the course and although you could make the car slide around a little, it still kept moving and didn’t get stuck. So yes, it looks like FWD off-roading does work with a bit of clever trickery.