posted 2 years ago

Top 10 Cars For Driving In The Snow

Options to suit every taste and budget

10. BMW 3 Series

Conventional rear-wheel drive BMWs are notoriously bad at coping with snow and ice. However, if you don’t fancy a big and chunky off-road X5, there are now plenty of saloons to choose from utilising the manufacturer’s xDrive four-wheel drive system. One example is the BMW 3 Series 320d xDrive Luxury. Priced at £32,775, it will provide the appeal and driving dynamics you’d expect from a Beamer with the peace of mind that you’ll still be able to use it in the snow.

9. Hyundai ix35 Premium 2-litre CRDI 4WD

The Hyundai ix35 is a great example of the many affordable crossover SUV models now on the market. In four-wheel drive form, it offers affordable style and convenience year-round. Its four-wheel drive capabilities are offered on-demand, meaning that you get maximum fuel efficiency when it isn’t snowing. The ix35 in four-wheel drive form starts at £23,000 on the road for the Hyundai ix35 SE 2-litre CRDI1 five door.

8. Toyota LandCruiser

The Toyota LandCruiser remains one of the world’s most capable motoring mammoths. In response to increasingly tough rules on emissions, we’re set to see a hybrid version of the LandCruiser from 2016. For now, people keen to beat the winter weather using a LandCruiser can do so from £39,605, which buys an Active 3-litre diesel version with five seats and an automatic gearbox.

7. Range Rover

For refined levels of comfort with supreme motoring capabilities in almost any conditions, look no further than a Range Rover. Lots of manufacturers have tried to make similarly luxurious rivals but it will be difficult for them to beat the original and best posh-roader. Probably the best bet is the 3-litre TDV6 Vogue, which hits the road at £71,320.

6. Dacia Duster

Four-wheel drive motoring doesn’t come much cheaper than the Dacia Duster, which hits the road in 4x4 form for £11,495. That buys a Duster in Access trim with a 16 valve 1.6-litre engine. It isn’t particularly flash, but it is a very affordable solution to winter motoring.

5. Land Rover

In many ways, there is no need for any other car in the snow than the original Land Rover. Set aside concerns about warmth, comfort and getting anywhere quickly, and you won’t go far wrong in winter with a Landie. Previously owned versions fresh from use by the Ministry of Defence are available for around £2,500.

4. Bentley SUV

We’re going to have to wait a little longer for the new Bentley SUV, but we reckon it will be worth it. Due on sale in 2016, it is almost definitely going to be the most glamorous snow-goer on the market when it arrives. Expect it to have lots of leather and oodles of craftsmanship. If it is half as nice as the Bentley EXP 9 F Concept suggests, it really will have the “white” stuff.

3. Audi A4 Allroad Quattro

Few cars offer the mix of style and off-road ability that comes with the Audi A4 allroad. For full effect you need to opt for the 3-litre TDI Quattro S, which can reach 62mph in only 6.2 seconds. You won’t be able to travel so swiftly once temperatures fall, but you’ll still feel good sitting at the wheel of one of the most elegant 4x4 estate cars there is.  Yours for £40,595.

2. Fiat Panda 4x4

Anyone who’s ever been ski-ing will be familiar with the ranks of four-wheel drive Fiat Panda’s loitering proudly in areas which are difficult for other cars to reach. Admittedly, they don’t make an awful lot of sense most of the year on British roads, with the 4x4 running gear serving to further slow a car which isn’t particularly fast in the first place. When the white stuff falls, however, feeling smug doesn’t get much cheaper than £13,790.

1. Skoda Yeti 4x4

Everyone now knows that Skoda make great cars. But it might still surprise some people to know that they also make one of the best cars there is for driving in the snow. The least expensive Skoda Yeti with four-wheel drive still isn’t cheap at £23,245, but it will look after you through the long winter months. 


Jacob Labus - Glad you have done your homework, unfortunately you are still wrong. Skoda now use 5th Generation Haldex not 4th. The same Haldex 4WD sytem for transverse engine installations is used on Audi A3 QUATTRO, S3, Q3, TT QUATTRO and all the other VAG group transverse engine vehicles . VW call it 4motion, AUDI use the registered trade mark "QUATTRO", SEAT use "4" and SKODA use "4x4", IT IS THE SAME SYSTEM, with a different brand name and is also used by many other manufacturers, in particular LAND ROVER on their EVOQUE and FREELANDER models.I never said that the Yeti is better than the "OUTBACK" for all I know your car may be better. I merely contested your view about the authors credentials and your comment that "nothing beats it!" Interestingly I have just looked up the "OUTBACK 2.0D SX" rating and specs in the February 2015 issue of What Car - £31,495. That is £10,000 dearer than a similar spec Yeti and has higher fuel consumption, higher emissions and higher depreciation. The What Car verdict :- 2 Stars - "THERE ARE MORE APPEALING RIVALS AVAILABLE FOR LESS MONEY". And that is the point the author is making, this was an article for currently available vehicles, maybe in 2005 your car was good but unfortunately the modern version does not appear to "Hack It" any more.

Well, being part of VW group isn't exactly a good thing. Reliability issues after 3 years, Failing DPF's, dual mass flywheels, crappy DSG boxes being a subject to a recall worldwide... List could go on and on. Also, 4th generation haldex isn't a real 4wd. Yeti's system IS NOT Quattro! Dig deeper man, please. Read some forums - even skoda owners forum members realise that Subaru's AWD platform is far superior to Skoda's. Taking my vehicle aside, read some comparisons of Yeti vs. Forester (using the same symmetrical AWD as my Outback), you'll realise that your car is good but not better. I've done my homework.

Jacub Labus - Like i said before, you do not know what you are talking about. Skoda are part of the Volkswagen group and as such in common with Audi, VW and SEAT all use the latest generation (Quattro)Haldex LSC permanent 4x4 system. So I must thank you for praising it so highly by being one of the top three sytems. By the way, my first Yeti was excellent, it had to go because the kind people at work insist that they provide new vehicles every three years, it cost £18500 new and was sold three years later for £15500,during that time it only cost £169 for its one and only variable service so that is why it was replaced with another excellent Yeti.

Stan Jackson-not everybody can afford cars presented on this comparison. My H6 costed me only 6k. If your skoda is so good, why are you on your second Yeti? Something wrong with the first one? Afraid to keep it for longer? By the way, by saying "nothing beats it" I meant it's 4wd capabilities - subaru's symmetrical all wheel drive is one of three best systems available next to Jeep and Quattro. It's constantly powering all wheels unlike most systems kicking in when front or rear looses grip. It's more efficient and safer. Ok, it may be dated and not very economical, but it's reliable (currently at 99k) and powerful. Self levelling suspension is a bonus-went off road with 5 people on board and wasn't afraid that I'll be dragging rear end through mud. Can your yeti do that?

Jacub Labus - Nothing beats a 2005 Subaru 3.0 H6 - you have got to be joking!Step into the world of 2014, automotive design has moved on during the last 9 years since 2005.Simon Donohue wrote the article and he certainly knows what he is talking about, I am on my second Skoda Yeti, I live in a pretty inhospitable elevated spot which is subject to regular atrocious snow and ice conditions.During November to April I have my steel wheel and winter tyre set fitted and I can categorically state that the Yeti as never failed me. Unfortunately, Skoda still suffer from the stigma of past reputation under the old communist regime, but today they are at the top of reliability survey`s, they build a well made quality vehicle at a reasonable price. I have owned a number of Defender`s, Discovey`s and Audi Allroad`s driven extensively for my business, I have now sold up, have retired and needed a reliable,economical, easy to drive, comfortable vehicle with a reasonable "off road" capability, the Skoda Yeti fitted that bill and was some £7000 - £10000 cheaper than a VW Tiguan and the Audi Q3.

Whoever wrote this article doesn't know much about cars. I agree, Land Rover, Range Rover, Landcruiser and Audi Quattro's, are good in snow and off road. But Skoda, Bentley and BMW on this list and no Subaru??? I've got 2005 3.0 H6 Outback with two sets of wheels (one for summer one for winter) and nothing beats it! Can go anywhere and it still drives reasonably sharp in corners.

You can be the best driver in the world, but if you have not got Winter compound tyres on snow and ice covered roads, whether it is in a 2 or 4 wheel drive vehicle you are not going anywhere.

I agree with Peter Allen. Any vehicle is only as good as it's driver. Think traction & gently does it with all controls.

brilliant on the road in any conditions.

Subaru Forester not on the list ??

Simple ! Just get a set of SNOWSHOES! Not expensive and you can change them for a token cost when you swop cars !

I have driven many 4x4s over the years and they're great in the deep stuff. But, most folk own two wheel drive, front and rear. Rear is best. Now to my point . The majority of drivers have no idea how to drive in snow and ice, You only have to look around and you can see drivers in first gear and wheels spinning like mad. Asa advanced driver and ex driving instructor and ex firefighter who has seen the results of far to many tragic accident, I say START OF IN THIRD GEAR. Who says you must start in first? I can honestly say I have never had spinning wheels on any vehicles I have driven in the past 53 years. It can be done. Oh, and gently does it with that right foot.

Winter Tyres, gentle driving are key. Then add Subaru Forester Permanent Symmetrical All Wheel Drive with X-Mode function for the ultimate in winter traction. Check out

C'mon - bit of a misleading article. As the others have said, you don't need a 4x4 for snow driving. A 2WD car with snow tyres is far better than a 4x4 with standard tyres. And try touching the brakes in a 2.5 tonne SUV on summer tyres on ice......!

I have a BMW530DMSport, rear WD, and I drive it everywhere in the snow, I just have a great set of snow tyres. They are cost effective as my Summer tyres last twice as long and I get them changed over for £30. Remember a 4*4 with Summer tyres gives a false senses of security.

That Bentley looks squarely aimed at pimps and drug-dealers.

That made me laugh, come on BMW in the snow like a cow on the ice. Benley SUV looks ugly and no one could afford it. A set good winter tires would make basically almost any car driveable.

If you have good winter tyres you will get better grip than a 4x4 on summer tyres. So why waste fuel on a 4x4.