Are rear-wheel drive cars easier to drive in winter conditions if the engine is also rear fitted?

Are rear-wheel drive cars easier to drive in winter conditions if the engine is also rear fitted e.g. as in a Smart?

Asked on 23 September 2019 by mdonnelly

Answered by Andrew Brady
In theory the weight of the engine over the rear wheels would help, but I wouldn't have thought it'd be any better than a front-engined, FWD car. Consider a set of winter tyres if you're worried about driving in winter conditions - they make a huge difference.
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