As the wintery weather approaches, many of us will be preparing for the inevitable driving worries that come with it. Whether it’s us giving up that precious extra hour in the morning to defrost our cars, or if it’s us worrying how our tyres will handle the ice laden roads, there’s a car out there to suit and cater for every winter worry.
With that in mind, we’ve gathered a list of five of our favourite SUV and family cars for winter driving (and the most interesting information about them too!).
The Range Rover – Sport SUV
Whilst the Range Rover Sport SUV might be one of the more expensive cars to run on our list, its performance off-road definitely makes up for it.
Designed with lightweight aluminum, the handling of the Sport SUV is far sharper and has a fantastic straight-line handling performance. This gives it the ability to handle any icy or snowy conditions.
Not only is the exterior of the Sport SUV attractive in design, so is it’s interior. It’s trimmed with high-quality materials while the fit and finish of the dashboard and controls is second-to-none.
The Sport SUV is cheaper to run than its fellow Range Rover models. The cheapest Range Rover Sport costs around £60,000 – roughly £15,000 less than an average full-size Range Rover.
The Ford Fiesta
My little Ford Fiesta is a beast in the snow. I love my car so much
— Mac Maguire (@macmaguire) February 22, 2015
Probably one of every car-drivers nightmares in the early morning is clearing the inevitable build-up of frost on the windscreen. The Ford Fiesta very kindly takes away that problem for you, thanks to its quick clear windscreen.
All you have to do is hop inside your car, press a button and by using heat pads the Ford Fiesta will clear the windscreen and rear window for you! Conveniently, the heat pads are so teensy that they won’t obstruct your vision in the windscreen or rear either.
The Fiesta has great drivability in the snow too. The Fiesta is available with a variety of features designed to assist drivers in low temperatures. A stand-out would be the Torque Vectoring Control system, which enhances cornering capability on snow and ice.
The Nissan Qashqai
If you are looking for a super reliable car for winter driving, look no further than the Nissan Qashqai. The Qashqai is still one of the most popular cars to drive in UK, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a great car through and through boasting a more efficient engine, and that combined with its nice interior makes it a family car that’s well worth your attention. The Qashqai has an optional four-wheel drive, an elevated driving position, excellent reliability and top safety marks. This popular Nissan crossover is a perfect companion for the long, dark winter nights. The Qashqai ideal for practical people too. Its fundamental aim is for people who like to get from point A to point B in the quickest and least stressful means possible.
The Peugeot 3008
The Peugeot 3008, like the Nissan Qashqai, is another crossover breed of car. It boasts a combination of 4×4 driving capability with the attributes of a people carrier. The stability control is superior for dealing with snow, ice and any other kind of detrimental weather. It has an optional system called ‘grip control’ which has modes that includes ‘Snow’ ‘Sand’ and ‘All-Terrain’. Each setting can be accessed via a dial by the gear lever and they can alter the traction control which can direct more power to the front wheel (which has the most ground contact). The Peugeot 3008 comes with mud and snow tires too, suitable for both on and off-road purposes. These reasons alone make the 3008 the perfect car for winter driving.