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January is notorious for wintery weather, but in the current climate, snow can fall as late as March. This weekend, the country is gearing itself up for potentially 8 foot of snow in places, making getting around a lot harder.
If you’re a 4×4 owner, you’ll not have to worry as your car’s off-road capability should see you through the harsh weather with ease. And if you don’t currently own a 4×4 car, now may be a good time to think about investing in one.
Below, Trusted Dealers lists 5 of this season’s best buys, so if you’re thinking about purchasing a new or second-hand 4×4, take a look below at our top picks.
Buying a Land Rover to see you through the winter months is a sensible idea if you can afford the premium price tag. Land Rover are well known for their 4×4 cars which are well-built to withstand the winter weather and highly capable both on and off road. The Land Rover Discovery Sport was designed with similar qualities to its older brother, the Discovery but it comes at a more affordable price and can still house up to 7 people, making it more accessible to a wider audience. Serving as a replacement for the highly regarded Land Rover Freelander, the Discovery Sport is based on the Range Rover Evoque but is far more family friendly.
This off-roader has been on the market for a long time, yet is just as popular as it always was. Now in its third generation, the X5 caters to those looking for a more
road-based off-roader or a capable 4×4 car, with options for both. It contains all of the qualities buyers look for in a luxury SUV to include ample space for the family, a commanding driving position and a plush interior. Behind the wheel it offers the credentials you’d expect from a BMW badge – handling is excellent and you can choose from six engines. The only drawback to the X5 is that with a premium price tag, it competes against some very strong rivals such as the Mercedes GLE, Audi Q7 and the Porsche Cayenne, but we think it’s still a strong contender.
If you’re looking for a smaller, less expensive but highly capable off-roader, the Kia Sportage is an excellent choice. Competing with the ever-popular Nissan Qashqai, some might say the Sportage has the edge with its class leading 7 year warranty and attractive price tag. If you’re looking for a used Kia sportage, opt for a post 2010 model to gain the best bang for your buck. Not only is the latest model stylish, if you pick your trim and engine combination carefully, it can prove to be a great value buy. You’ll benefit from plenty of equipment as standard on entry models and the Sportage shows plenty of promise behind the wheel too.
The XC90 is one of the most popular SUVs currently on the market. The large SUV has long appealed to families thanks to its excellent credentials and safety features, and now it has just been upgraded to offer an even more versatile, classier interior, a range of more efficient engines and the standard seven-seat layout. Volvo have even added a plug-in hybrid to the new range, the ultra-clean T8 capable of travelling almost 25 miles without any help from the petrol engine, making it an appealing option for those with a short commute.
The Dacia Duster is the cheapest 4×4 car available, and we’ve added it to our top five picks because it simply does the job with no frills required. If you want to brave the cold but you have a tight budget, the Duster is a good choice. Not only is it cheap to buy but running costs are low too, and although its basic, Dacia are quick to remind buyers they haven’t scrimped on its credentials. The exterior styling is simple and houses a Nissan-developed, selectable four-wheel drive system which features a locking centre differential for when the going gets really tough. We’d recommend the 108bhp 1.5-litre dCi diesel engine for a surprisingly good mix of power and punch.