Best cars for winter
Four-wheel-drive cars cost more to run and are more expensive than their two-wheel-drive equivalents, but during the winter months, they come into their own thanks to the extra grip they provide. Modern four-wheel-drive systems are far more economical than they used to be, and many large SUVs are almost as good to drive as conventional hatchbacks and saloons.
If you want a car that feels more stable in slippery conditions and is less likely to get stuck on snowy roads, a conventional car with a four-wheel-drive system may well suit your needs. If, however, you’re likely to venture off road from time to time, or you want a car with a raised driving position, a four-wheel-drive SUV may be a better choice – although the raised suspension of SUVs usually means they’re not as good to drive on the road, and they can be expensive to buy.
We’ve selected a variety of cars from both these categories to suit a range of budgets, and assessed their abilities to keep you out of trouble over the course of winter driving. If you’re after a four-wheel-drive car – be it an SUV or a more traditional model – our top 10 list should have the right choice for you.