Best 6 Cars for Winter Driving

Best 6 Cars for Winter Driving

While the idea of snowball fights and snowmen brings happiness and joy to most people in the UK (me included), snow isn’t so much fun for commuters and travellers who are at the mercy of slippery, snowy conditions.

Yes, drivers who own 4WDs (four-wheel drives) or AWDs (all-wheel drives) are much better equipped for what is in store this month and next, but what about those who don’t have the right vehicles to cope with the UK’s wintry terrain? And do they know which cars are best for winter driving?

This is what we hope to answer in this article. Here are the best six choices if the roads turn tricky.

Dacia Duster SUV

If you’re in the market an SUV that’s good for winter driving, then look no further because the Dacia Duster is the right car for you! It has 200mm of ground clearance and the option of a four-wheel drive with more grip, making the Duster a decent car off road and in grim weather conditions. Let’s say it’s snowing and the road is really tough from all the snowfall, the Dacia will happily oblige. This applies for uphill and downhill roads too. It’s a no brainer: Consumers who consider grip an important feature should opt for the four-wheel drive. The Duster is a tough, kind of go-anywhere car that does the job in winter.


Standard features include:

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver's airbag
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger's airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Traction control

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BMW 3 Series Touring Estate

The BMW 3 Series Touring Estate is an all-rounder and offers pretty much everything one will need for driving in wintry conditions. Inside, the touring estate has a lot to offer, comfort-wise. It has really high-quality interior, which makes it much more bearable if you’re travelling long distances or commuting to work at peak time hours. More importantly, BMW’s XDrive all-wheel driving system regulates engine torque and brakes to improve grip - both on road and off-road. The Touring scored a 5-star EuroNCAP rating, therefore, you should feel safe and comfortable when driving during the winter season. As for pricing, the 3 Series is more expensive than its rivals like the Ford Mondeo and Volkswagen Passat, but it’s a significantly better drive and far more suitable for the winter.



Standard features include:

  • Automatic Stability control (ASC)
  • Brake energy regeneration
  • Hill start assist
  • 17” Double spoke alloy wheels
  • Run flat tyres
  • Drive performance control
  • Dual zone automatic air conditioning
  • Manual adjustable height/backrest/length front seats

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Skoda Octavia Estate

The Skoda Octavia Estate is a great compact family car. Inside, the interiors are top notch and there is plenty of space in the backseat and a truly gigantic boot, making it the ideal car for family journeys. On the road, the latest Skoda Octavia Estate drives extremely smooth, so comfort is not something you have to worry about, even when the weather conditions are bad. It comes as a four-wheel drive and with raised suspension for extra grip on the road. You can choose between two diesel engines: one with a 148 bhp and the other with 181bhp. The only small downside is the power delivery does slow down a bit uphill. All in all, the Skoda Octavia Estate is a brilliant all-rounder; it’s smooth, stylish, and spacious. For a lot of consumers that’s enough to sway their decision.


Standard features include:

  • Lane assist
  • 18” Gemini anthracite alloy wheels with anti theft wheel bolts
  • Low rolling resistance tyres
  • Sports suspension
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Cruise control
  • Bluetooth
  • Led front fog lights (high)
  • Led rear lights
  • Height adjustable front and rear head restraints

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Land Rover Discovery Sport

It’s extremely difficult to fault the Land Rover Discovery Sport, especially from a driving and safety perspective. First and foremost, it comes with the “terrain response” system which controls the cars ABS, traction control and electronic stability control. Put simply: This enables the car to tackle roads that many rivals would not be able to handle. It has two individual driving modes for both mud and snow, so the car will adjust it’s speed accordingly to match the weather conditions. Practicality-wise, you have an absolutely massive boot, especially with the back seats folded down, so there is no issue with fitting in large items or luggage. Note that the Land Rover Sport is also a really good looking car, it drives well, it’s spacious, has family-friendly interior and 57.7mpg fuel economy using its 148bhp diesel engine.


Standard features include:

  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake Pad Wear Indicator
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Cruise control
  • Lane departure warning
  • Luggage retention loops
  • Gradient acceleration control
  • Electronic traction control (ETC)

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Peugeot 3008

Crossover/SUV cars have become extremely popular cars amongst consumers, particularly the Peugeot 3008. Why? I mean, just look at it (pictured above); the styling is impressive, it’s spacious on the inside and it drives smoothly on the road. It’s also pretty useful for driving on the snow when fitted with Peugeots Advanced Grip Control. This enables the Peugeot 3008 to adjust how much power is sent to the front wheels of the car, which significantly helps the car in icy and snowy conditions. It’s also useful for going up and down steep hills. This coupled with winter tyres is all drivers will need during the winter.


Standard Features:

  • Anti-lock braking system with electronic braking distribution and emergency braking assistance
  • Auto city emergency braking
  • Hill start assist
  • 180 degree colour reversing camera
  • LED daytime running lights
  • 18" Detroit two tone diamond cut alloy wheels
  • Dynamic stability control and electronic anti-skid system
  • Peugeot connect SOS and assistance

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Nissan Qashqai

Nissan Qashqai is one of the UK’s best-selling family crossover/SUV’s . This year, Nissan have gone all out to keep their second generation Nissan Qashqai competitive ahead of an increasingly competitive group; it’s smarter, classier, cleverer, quieter, better equipped, spacious and more sophisticated. There is a total of four engines to select from: a 1.2-litre, 113bhp four-cylinder and a 1.6-litre 160bhp four-cylinder, including two diesels: the familiar 109bhp 1.5-litre Nissan shares with Renault, and a 128bhp 1.6-litre unit. All come with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard.


Standard features include:

  • Hill Start Assist
  • 17” alloy wheels
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Signature LED daytime running lights
  • Nissan chassis control (intelligent ride control, intelligent trace control, intelligent engine brake)
  • ABS, ESP, EBD and brake assist
  • Rear view camera
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Lane departure warning system

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Further content

Read more: The Ultimate Guide to Driving in Winter
Read more: Do I Need Winter Tyres?

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