Tired of that sinking feeling as winter approaches? Suspect that your car simply isn't up to the job of winter driving?
Then take a look at these likely replacements. These cars will handle the worst that the British weather can throw at them. Fit them with winter tyres and, when driven safely, you can be assured that they will get you from A to B with a minimum of fuss.
Already something of a cult family car (even liked by thrill-seeking Evo Magazine), this cutely-monikered mini-monster is an ideal winter companion, especially in four-wheel-drive form.
The Yeti offers a raised ride-height and a button on the dash that softens throttle responses (essential for pulling away on icy surfaces), also tweaking the traction control and ABS systems.
There's also a hill descent control mode that should prove useful for descending particularly nasty snow-covered hills. Not bad for the £17,585 required for our choice, the 110bhp Tdi 4x4 Yeti.
Now available in saloon form as well as hatchback, the STi offers bundles of explosive power in the dry (and if honest, in the wet and wintry too).
For winter, its permanent rally-bred all-wheel-drive and Vehicle Dynamics Control system means plenty of grip on ice - a quick push of a button can reduce the power going through the wheels. If the asking price of £32,995 makes your wallet wince, then try one of the softer Imprezas, preferably the 2.0D RC (£21,495) or for more room, upgrade to the Subaru Legacy 2.0D S (£24,795).
This and the Range Rover are the daddies of 4x4s, ideal for tackling the white stuff. The Discovery comes with all the mod cons for family driving (it's a seven-seater), boasts a host of computerised driver aids, a commanding position of the road plus a snow-driving mode courtesy of its accomplished Terrain Response System.
In other words, if you have the cash (the entry level Discovery 4 3.0 TDV6 GS costs £35,995), then the Land Rover is one seriously upmarket and sorted snow mobile, with or without snow chains.
If a Range Rover or Land Rover are well outside your budget, this Jeep stalwart can do an equally convincing job on the road, even if you won't be spoiled with luxuries.
But with prices starting from £14,995, you can net yourself a model with Hill Start Assist, AB, selectable 4WD and ESP plus be reassured that the rugged 4x4 Jeep can take care of itself in snowy conditions.
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