Best cars for driving in the snow
- 06 January, 2020
- 5 min read
Winter is here – and while the odd bit of snow might be a reason to smile for some, lots of us still need to get around, even if it is a white Christmas.
We’ve got a list of some of the best cars for driving in the snow available at CarShop, from the budget friendly to something a little more premium. You’ll see that the running theme with a lot of these is the 4 wheel drive ability!
If you’re looking to stretch your pennies to a capable 4x4, then the Dacia Duster 4x4 will tick the boxes.
It is one of the most affordable SUV 4x4 crosses on the market, but it can still take on the snow with confidence.
You get a lot of space to enjoy inside, with decent leg room and head room in the front and back. And you’ll be pleased with the boot space too.
Some models have 445 litres of boot space with the back seats up, and around 1,623 litres with the seats down, so you can load up all the luggage without a worry.
You can find 4x4 models that can achieve over 40mpg, and with an affordable output to buy, you needn’t worry about the pennies.
The Panda is another great choice if you’re looking for a funky car that can handle the snow and is also a little more affordable.
Some Panda Cross 4x4 models may surprise you with their economy figures. Some are able to achieve over 60mpg, which is pretty good for a 4x4, and if they are registered before 2017, you may find models that are just £30 to tax.
It’s worth mentioning that the Panda 4x4 is a little more compact compared to the other cars on the list. This means that you will have to compromise slightly with boot space. Some models have around 225 litres of boot space with the seats up which increases to 870 litres with the seats down.
The clue is in the name – Countryman – it’s ready to take on all sorts of terrain, and with ALL 4 (all-wheel drive) it can handle the snow too.
It’s not the biggest car on the list either, so like the Fiat, you can still handle the town and the everyday drive without a worry.
As with most Mini’s, depending on the packs you may find a bundle of extras to make every drive easier. On the used market you can find models with the likes of Bluetooth, a parking camera and Sat Nav, so even the snowy trips will be easy!
You don’t just get your petrol and diesel options with the Mini Countryman ALL4 – the model pictured about is actually a hybrid model which can achieve over 117mpg! But, you can still find diesel options with over 50mpg.
The Land Rover Discovery is a great choice if you want to handle some of the worst weather Britain has to offer in luxury and finesse.
Not only do you get a comfortable interior with all the features you could need, the Land Rover is renowned for its capability with tackling adverse weather conditions as well as terrain, and during the rest of the year, it’s great on the motorway and round the town too!
The added benefit for bigger families is that you can find Land Rover discovery models equipped with 7 seats, so the school run just got a little easier.
Running costs are a little pricier than some other vehicles on the list, but you get a lot more prestige for your money, and will be travelling in style wherever the journey takes you.
All models have powerful engines, four-wheel drive, gorgeous design and high-tech kit on board, as well as leather interior with unmatched space and comfort. It’s also got 981 litres of boot space with the seats up, and 1,698 litres with them down (depending on model) – perfect if you’re considering a winter away and need all the luggage room you can get.
With the Tiguan 4MOTION, you don’t just get the reliable VW badge, you get plenty of room in the back and the boot for the everyday adventures (even when you’re not taking on the snow). In fact, you get a massive 615 litres in the boot with the back seats up and 1,655 litres with the back seats down.
The 4MOTION technology is essentially 4 wheel drive – so you can take on adverse weather conditions without too much hassle.
Inside, you’ll get plenty of tech, and on the used market you may find the likes of parking sensors, Sat Nav and heated seats to keep you toasty when it gets cold outside.
The 4MOTION Tiguans do tend to be a little thirstier compared to their 2 wheel drive counterparts, but regardless, you can still find models which achieve over 50mpg.
BMW’s are known for their luxury, quality and performance, and with BMWs 4 wheel drive system, xDrive, handling adverse weather like the snow just got a little easier too.
The 3 Series already looks great on the school run as well as the commute, and has a generous boot with 480 litres with the seats up, and around 1,600 with them down!
If you’re looking to make your pennies go a little further, check out the diesel options as some of those can achieve over 60mpg! And that’s on top of around 190bhp under the bonnet. Just be aware that these numbers change according to model.
Many BMW 3 Series come with the likes of heated leather seats to keep you comfortable on the frosty mornings, Sat Nav to guide you on your winter getaway as well as parking sensors for the everyday adventures too.