10 Of The Best Cars For Winter Driving – Part 1

Well once again I had to scrape some frost from my windscreen before the commute to the office. The roads were just fine but it did get me thinking about what car is best for winter driving.

Last year my mid size, front wheel drive, 220BHP saloon was pathetic, this year I have a smaller, lighter hatchback so I am hopeful it will be better.

I have done some research so here are 10 Of The Best Cars For Winter Driving. Here are my findings, in reverse order from 10 to 5.

10 – Dacia Duster

The Duster is a brand new model and has already received glowing reviews from drivers and the press. Particularly those looking for something on a budget, the Duster 4×4 starts from £11,000 meaning there are not many new cars on the market that can match its value and go anywhere attitude.

9 – Kia Sportage

The Sportage was crowned our 4×4 of the year in 2012 due to its mix of driver enjoyment, comfort and quality. The comprehensive seven-year warranty, extensive list of safety equipment and practical interior make it a versatile SUV. The Sportage offers a well-rounded package and is among the best cars for winter driving.

8 – Hyundai SantaFe

Although Hyundai is asking a £3,000 premium for the new Santa Fe over the old one, the revised SUV still represents good value. Standard kit is impressive, while the all-wheel-drive models offer a decent degree of all-weather grip.

7 – Subaru Outback

All Subarus offer all-wheel drive, and the Outback wagon is a tried-and-true car for winter driving. Check out the bottom of the range Outback 2.5i, which as the name implies is powered by a 2.5 litre engine, backed up by both the Symmetrical AWD system and Vehicle Dynamics Control.

6 – Honda CRV

Honda introduced Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System in 2012 which provides a degree of traction and peace of mind at an alluring price. All of this and more make this one of the best cars for winter driving so far in our countdown.