With winter finally here, the memories of summer and driving convertibles with the roof down are now sadly distant.
Due to winter conditions making driving more hazardous, millions of us are looking to traverse the cold weather in a car that’s best equipped to deal with winter challenges. But which cars are the best winter cars? ALA GAP Insurance has put together a list of the best winter cars available today to beat the freeze.
45 years and four generations of vehicles later, the Range Rover remains one of the most popular and best-selling 4x4s in the UK. As well as being renowned for their sturdiness and high safety rating – an ever-useful attribute when it comes to winter driving – the Range Rover includes many features designed to cope with changing weather challenges as standard. These features include heated windscreens and rear windows, rain sensing windscreen wipers (front and rear), heated steering wheel and seats and a huge array of transmission and driving dynamics. Four Wheel Drive, Cornering Brake Control and even Hill Descent Control are also included in the package.
Those are just the tip of the iceberg, with a massive assortment of customisable options when it comes to designing your Range Rover. With Range Rovers being frozen to temperatures of up to -40° C during the testing period, peace of mind when it comes to the vehicle’s performance during the winter months essentially comes as standard.
Part of the Audi Q range, the Audi Q3 is one of the most popular 4x4s among ALA customers. As people have come to expect from Audi, the Q3 is a car built for stability and control – all the more important in the winter period. With features such as dynamic suspension, an Electronic Stabilisation Program and Audi Drive Select – which allows drivers to adjust the characteristics of car components such as the transmission – the Q3 is an ideal car to tackle the winter roads. Stowage features such as aluminium roof rails also come as standard on the Q3, beneficial for any large items that need to be transported around during the festive season, and the Q3 is comfortable in both city and rural areas.
When it comes to driving in winter, the assurance that your car is going to cope as well as possible under rapidly changing road conditions is paramount. In this regard, the Ford Kuga is an excellent choice of winter car. With the Kuga’s intelligent All-Wheel Drive (iAWD) system, the Kuga immediately reacts and adapts to changing terrain. The system is even smart enough to send the right amount of power to the individual wheels that need the most grip whilst driving, and when the roads are easy to traverse the system deactivates – saving fuel. If you are a driver that prioritises precise control regardless of urban or country terrain, the Ford Kuga is a sensible choice of winter car.
Ford Focus Estate
The Ford Focus is a staple of British motoring and the second Ford car on our list. The estate version of the Ford Focus is a tried-and-true family car that is more than capable of handling itself on the winter roads. In a period of the year where money can be tight, the Ford Focus Estate has superb economical value. A downsized, high-efficiency, low-CO2 petrol engine delivers the strong low-end torque and responsive performance of a large capacity engine, but with the size, weight and fuel economy of one much smaller. Combined with its sizeable interior space and load capacity, the Ford Focus Estate can get you and yours – as well as all those Christmas gifts – further for less.
Skoda Octavia Estate
A popular family car with ALA customers, the Skoda Octavia Estate is a versatile and spacious car should the need arise to transport the family around this winter season to visit relatives, friends or to explore the country’s Christmas markets. Skoda’s reputation precedes it, with every model in the Skoda range receiving a 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating, with features such as airbags and fuel cut off included as standard. According to Skoda, the Octavia Estate in particular “scored maximum points for its protection of [a] 1 ½ year infant”. Depending on your choice of trim level, additional features to enhance the vehicle’s safety include Automatic Post-Collision Brake and Driver Fatigue Sensor, to name but a couple.
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