Best cars for winter
Four-wheel-drive cars are more expensive to run and pricier to buy than their two-wheel-drive equivalents, but the extra grip they offer can be very handy when winter arrives. Modern technology means that four-wheel-drive cars are more economical than they used to be, while big SUVs are getting more car-like to drive with every new model launched.
If you simply want a car that's less likely to get stuck on snowy roads and will feel more stable in slippery conditions, then there's a host of four-wheel-drive family cars to choose from. They feel almost exactly the same to drive as the more conventional two-wheel-drive models on which they’re based, but are much less likely to leave you stranded come winter.
The alternative is to buy a four-wheel-drive SUV. They have raised suspension that allows them to deal not only with slippery roads, but also tougher off-road conditions. That off-road prowess usually comes at the expense of on-road handling, however.
We’ve picked some cars from both camps, catering for a variety of budgets and rated them according to their ability and appeal through the winter months. Keep reading for 10 of the best cars to keep you motoring this winter.