As much as we complain about the weather – no matter if it rains too much or not enough – Great Britain is actually rather fortunate when it comes to the climate. Despite the rain, we are privileged to experience it all, from gloriously hot sunshine to blankets of snow.
Each winter, we are faced with freezing temperatures, heavy rain, snow and ice. While the UK doesn’t suffer as much as some of our European neighbours, the road conditions can still get pretty treacherous. Whatever the weather, if you are taking a trip in your car, you should be prepared for adverse weather conditions. However, there are some cars that generally perform better than others on the road when the cold weather comes.
Today, we at Cuuver have listed our top-five cars for winter driving:
- Volvo V90 Cross Country
For years, Volvo has been regarded as one of the safest cars around. The Volvo estate models have been popular choices for families and businessmen alike for decades, offering comfort, style, reliability and safety. The V90 is one of the premium estates, which gives you four-wheel-drive and a sturdy plastic body cladding that will keep you safe if you need to stray from the beaten track. Therefore, the V90 is ideal for driving in winter months, making for a steadfast car in snow, ice or heavy rain.
Aside from the great handling and robust body, the Volvo V90 Cross Country is also remarkably stylish. It has a sleek design and a comfortable and spacious interior, making it an ideal choice for families.
- Land Rover Discovery
Land Rover is one of Britain’s most famous and finest exports. Offering the ability for drivers to off-road like never before, the Land Rover Discover is one of the most steadfast cars to be purchased, whether you are planning on driving on the motorway or through the countryside. If you are caught in a downpour, you’ll be glad to know that a Land Rover Discovery can splosh its way through up to 60cm of water.
The capacious interior offers seven seats. The Sports model, in particular, offers a very streamlined body, which makes for a smooth ride in any weather. The Terrain Response system means you can easily adjust the brakes, stability control systems and traction to get to grips with any road surface, in any weather.
- Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
As far as SUVs go, the Outlander is arguably one of the safest and strongest when it comes to handling adverse weather conditions. This car is perfect for getting to grips with ice and handling slippery surfaces; with electric motors, it can meter out power to reduce wheel spin on even the most treacherous roads.
The Outlander also has fantastic fuel economy, making it much more economically sound than a petrol or diesel engine.
- Skoda Octavia Scout estate
Available for a very reasonable price, the Skoda Octavia Scout estate is a fantastic family car, providing space and safety to those who travel in it. The four-wheel-drive feature and slightly raised suspension provide extra grip on the roads, so it’s ideal for tackling the wet road conditions.
For a four-wheel-drive, the Octavia is also remarkably economical, offering a choice of two types of diesel, both of which have a towing capacity of 2,000kg.
- Subaru Outback estate
Subarus were initially sold through agricultural equipment suppliers, meaning they have been renowned for tackling tough road conditions since day one. The four-wheel-drive of the Outback has long had a reputation for providing drivers with fantastic handling and a smooth ride on any terrain.
With a choice between a 2.5-litre engine or a 2.0-litre diesel engine, this Subaru is immensely stylish and streamlined. It is a great family car but doesn’t look out of place in the office car park, either. The high body makes it perfect for driving in snowy conditions, as well as flooded roads.
This should not be construed as advice and is for guidance only.