As the UK is heading towards another cold winter, finding a car that can cope in icy conditions can be quite necessary – especially here up North! Getting a car that handles icy conditions can also give you more confidence as a driver on the roads in extreme weather conditions and there’s an abundance of features available on the market to get you around safely this winter.
We’ve complied a list of our top ten cars for you below.
Our top picks
One of the most affordable 4×4’s out there, the Duster starts at just £9,495 for an entry level model. There is an option to add on a four-wheel drive system which is just as capable as more pricey options on the market.
There are no frills and no fuss when it comes to the Duster, especially with the most entry level model (did we mention it has no radio?) however it’s reliable, spacious and will get you safely from A to B in winter.
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Audi TT Coupe
You might be surprised that with a sports car is featured in this list, but the Audi TT is one of the best all weather sports cars ever made. You can order Audi’s Quattro four-wheel drive system so you’ll find it easy to stay in control in the most slippery conditions.
Audi are well-known for making quality cars and the TT is no exception. With a stunning interior, stylish exterior and body shape, it really is a quality car that’s incredibly fun to drive.
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If you’re in the market for an affordable SUV, then look no further than Nissan’s Qashqai. There is an optional four-wheel drive feature that gives you excellent handling in icy conditions.
Although it is a large SUV type car, the Qashqai is very economical to run with relatively small engines. It has a large boot and has plenty of space inside the cabin for driver and passengers. There are also tons of features inside, even with the most basic model.
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The Mini Countryman is a car that seems to go agains the original Mini philosophy. The newest version has been improved on however to get the best features you will have to fork out quite a lot of money. It comes in various four-wheel drive versions which makes it perfect for tackling icy conditions and LED headlights make it perfect to see better on those dark winter days. It has SUV like practicality with plenty of space inside whilst retaining the charming and fun feel of the Mini Coupe.
The Mini Countryman scored a full five stars in the Euro NCAP awards for the latest model.
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Fiat Panda 4×4
Fiat’s version of a 4×4 is in the form of the Panda, which offers pretty impressive off-road handling, making it more than capable of coping with icy weather conditions. It’s spacious inside and is well equipped; all at a reasonable price, especially compared to some rivals.
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Range Rover Sport
It’s no surprise that the King of SUV’s – the Range Rover Sport – is featured on this list. The Range Rover Sport offers almost all the luxury and off-road capability that you could ever dream of. It has a beautiful interior, impressive off-road performance albeit at a hefty price tag.
It’s expensive to purchase and to run, so we’d recommend that you opt for a slightly more frugal diesel engine over the guzzling petrol ones.
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If the Range Rover Sport is out of your price range and you’re after an very reasonably priced SUV, we’d recommend a Volkswagen Tiguan. Granted, it’s not as fun to drive as a Range Rover Sport but it has tons of technology on board that will make driving during winter a lot easier and comes with VW’s four-wheel drive ‘4MOTION’.
All models that have ever been tested for the Euro NCAP safety awards have had a full five stars awarded to them – impressive!
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BMW 3 Series
Yes, you may have heard that BMW has a reputation for being terrible cars to drive in wintery conditions, but hear us out! Opt for the xDrive All-Wheel Drive version of the 3 Series, pair it with some winter tyres and you’ve got yourself a brilliant executive saloon for winter.
BMW’s are well sought-after cars as they’re exceptional to drive and look luxurious. If having an executive car that can cope with icy and snowy conditions then this is the one for you.
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Moving away from luxurious executives and back to practicality now, in the shape of the Kia Sorento, a large SUV that serves up plenty of practicality and features at a very reasonable price.
All models come with a four-wheel drive system as standard and hill-start assist, which can reduce the chance of wheel spin or roll back when setting off from steep, icy roads. They come as seven-seaters as standard, which makes it a perfect choice for families.
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One of the most well-known names in the premium SUV world is the Audi Q5. All of Audi’s Q5’s come with their new clutch based Quattro ultra-four-wheel drive which holds extremely well on slippery ground and snow.
Audi delivers yet again with a luxury interior with all the controls on the dashboard looks and feel superb. It has a decent amount of space inside, carrying four adults comfortably, whilst the boot offers more than enough space for luggage.
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