Winter is coming. Make sure you’re prepared with a car that is built for winter driving! Many things can determine the best winter car for you, such as where you live and the roads you drive on. UK Car Finance have compiled a list of the best cars to buy this year, no matter what your budget!
Fiat Panda 4×4
One of the most pocket friendly on our list is the Fiat Panda 4×4. The 4×4 version of the Panda makes it perfect for off road driving, with a higher ride height it is able to distribute power to the wheels that need it most! The Panda can tackle slippery surfaces no problem. For such a small car, the Fiat Panda is extremely practical, thanks to its handy interior storage solutions. It has one of the best running costs on our list too!
Land Rover Discovery Sport
Land Rover has always built its cars to tackle all sorts of weather, which is handy for the unpredictable British weather! The Discovery Sport has brilliant off-road capability and its Terrain Response system means you can quickly adjust the traction, braking and stability control to cope with any surface. Due to its size and design, the Discovery Sport makes a great family car and is one of the best seven seater cars around!
Audi TT Coupe
You may be surprised to see a sports car on our list but the Audi TT Coupe is one of the best cars for traction. Even on un-gritted roads, the TT still performs well. It is one of the few ‘designer’ cars that have an impressive four-wheel drive, any TT driver in the winter can rest assured they are in safe hands!
Another affordable winter car is the Dacia Duster. It’s cheap to run and has enough room for the whole family. The car itself isn’t massive but it has a spacious interior with plenty of room and a large boot. When driving on different terrains including snow or ice, the Dacia Duster can handle itself well. The impressive four-wheel drive and good ground clearance makes the Duster perfect for winter driving!
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
The Outlander PHEV handles itself extremely well in wintery conditions, it has also been named the ‘Best Green Winter Vehicle 2018’. The super all-wheel control system from Mitsubishi improves the traction even in the harshest of weather. Safety features such as Traction Control Logic and Active Stability Control make the PHEV one of the safest family cars around!
Jeep Renegade SUV
Another one of our small but mighty winter cars is the Jeep Renegade. The four-wheel-drive system from Jeep gives good traction on loose or slippery surfaces. The Jeep is surprisingly spacious even though it doesn’t take up much room on the road, the inside was built with the family in mind and boasts a large interior. It can keep up on a range of different terrains and isn’t fazed by any off-road tracks. The Trail Hawk trim can also wade through almost 50cm of water so when the wet weather hits or the snow melts, the Jeep can keep up!
If you’re looking for a family car that will perform well in the winter, the Kia Sorento could be perfect for you! Another seven-seater on the list, the Sorento is well quipped to tackle the unpredictable British weather. Steep and icy roads are no challenge for the Sorento with its hill-start assist. One of the best bits of technology from KIA is the ‘vehicle stability management’ which automatically corrects the steering, which helps the car remain on course and improves traction.
One of the cheapest and most popular cars on our list is the Ford Focus. It is well loved and has been voted on of the safest cars for the past few years. The Ford Focus is great for British weather! Ford’s ‘all wheel drive’ allows the wheels to grip the road better! The Ford Focus was also the winner of Confused.com’s ‘Overall Best Used Car’ award so if you’re looking for something reliable and safe, this could be the car for you.
The Mini Countryman makes superb use of its four-wheel drive traction, it handles extremely well on normal roads but even better when things get icy! The interior is stylish and comfortable and even though mini is in its name, it’s not mini on the inside. The countryman was built to carry 4 people and has vastly improved on space when compared to the Mini Cooper.
If the UK happens to get hit by a blizzard this year, the Volvo V60 is a great choice for any driver looking to stay safe on the roads. It sits at an impressive 65mm off the ground which comes in handy for deep snow. The V60 has been highly praised for its space, with a smart interior design, spacious cabin, comfortable and luxurious seats, without being too much of a show off!