Having a reliable vehicle built to grip the road in snow is a worry for many of our customers. When you’re driving to work or doing the school run, safety and comfort are a top priority. To guide your search for a new car for upcoming winter months, here are some of the best you can get.
The obvious answer to snowy roads is an SUV. You can see the road ahead, and their tyres are built for winter. However, most cars can be adjusted for snow with winter tyres. A deeper tread reduces breaking distances and increases grip. Many modern cars now offer advanced braking systems in case of sudden stops.
If you aren’t ready to commit to a supersized SUV, below are some of the most popular small 4×4 cars. They are ideal for loading and unloading, won’t break the bank, and will keep you on steady ground.
Audi A1 Finance from only £149 per month (image right).
One of the most popular Audi models is the A1. The quattro series operate on four-wheel drive for snowy conditions and off-roading, with a compact style at the same time. New Audis all have digital dashboards for infotainment and super-efficient engines, for those who drive longer distances.
If you are looking for something a bit more upmarket, this saloon has an all-wheel drive system to ensure your BMW has the best possible traction, despite lighter weight and sizeable boot space. Models with BMW’s Dynamic Stability Control turn the car by braking individual wheels, providing that extra safety in the event of sharp turns and stops.
The steering and turbo engine of the ALL4 Mini model competes with SUVs. If you’re a loyal Mini owner, the All4s are just as fun, with a snow mode for improved suspension, traction and grip. The seats are more comfortable, and the brakes feature ABS, EBD, CBC and brake assist. They are also cheap to run, super trendy and appeal to many.
For those looking to spend a little more on seeing the road ahead, below are some great SUVs, ideal for a higher driving position, strength, better suspension and general security.
This combustion engine Audi is a very popular SUV and a great all-rounder. It is practical, quiet and sleek, with impressive interior quality. Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system and eight inches of ground clearance make the Q5 a great choice in snow.
This car can be made with rear-wheel or four-wheel drive. It is powered by a twin-turbo V-6 engine with a 10-speed automatic transmission and dedicated snow mode. It also comes with Traction and Electronic Stability Control, perfect for braking in snow.
Range Rover Finance from £886 per month (image right).
Likely the first car that comes to mind for off-roading is a Range Rover. As the name suggests, they are great for a range of journeys with a luxury feel. It is sure to get you to your destination safely if you are looking for a more upmarket car.
Land Rovers are accomplished globally for off-roading. Great for tarmac, slippery slopes, rocks, grass, cross-country and certainly snowy roads. For larger families, you can also opt for up to seven comfortable seats. There are newer versions but browse used cars for sale to save. For a more tax-friendly option, there are new hybrid models.
These Volvos has been highly rated for safety and offers a “winter mode” specifically for icy and slippery roads. They are ideal for young families, couples and anyone in need of space and serious comfort. The T6 and T8 ‘Recharge’ plug-in hybrids have the lowest running costs.
Peugeot are known for understanding SUVs. Rather than a four-wheel drive system, its features a Grip Control system that adjusts power distribution for snow and other slippery road conditions, especially with winter tyres.
This car is one of the quietest and most comfortable for families, with the all-important ground clearance. It feels just as luxurious as the A6 but lighter and faster. It rides lower than an SUV but higher than the normal estate.