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Going 4x4 For Winter

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The winter weather is really starting to bite in the UK, with predictions of more to come. If your car is already starting to struggle with slippery roads and low temperatures, consider swapping it for a 4x4, to ride out the winter in comfort - safe and reliable, no matter how much freezing fog or snow is out there. Not only does their all wheel drive layout give you extra grip to keep you on the road, but the elevated driving position gives you better visibility.

They may not be as practical as a neat little hatchback in a tight multistorey, but not all big 4x4s are gas guzzlers either, and there's something for all budgets.

Skoda Yeti

There are two versions of the Yeti, standard and Outdoor, which is a little chunkier for off roading adventures. Three 2.0 litre TDI engine choices are available with all wheel drive, all of which are practical, economical and comfortable. Skoda's mini SUV also regularly features at the top of owner satisfaction surveys - owners love them!

Range Rover Sport

From one extreme to another, the Range Rover Sport is the ultimate in luxury 4x4s, both for performance and comfort. It's as competent off road as on, with an engine range including economical diesel options and a thirsty but brutal V8 petrol with supercharger. You could buy four Skoda Yetis for the same price...

Nissan Qashqai

In general, the Qashqai is a civilised on-roader, but it is available with four wheel drive, so that those who need a bit of extra traction can access its neat practicality. The new second generation is even more impressive than the original model, but both are an excellent buy.

Audi Q5

As you would expect, the Q5 is solid, reliable, roomy and built to an extremely high standard. Crucially, all models are equipped with Audi's peerless quattro four wheel drive system, to keep you stable in even the worst of weather conditions. It's not cheap but residual values are strong and the Q5 is a very enjoyable drive.

Land Rover Discovery

Land Rover can do no wrong when it comes to four wheel driving. The Discovery is a neat mixture of the Defender's utilitarian competence and the Range Rover's luxury appeal. With a practical seven seats, a generous kit list and a go anywhere adventurous spirit, it's as at home sliding down a mountain as purring down King's Road.

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