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As snow and ice continues to sweep the country, many motorists might be wishing they had invested in a vehicle with four-wheel drive. But it’s not too late to think about purchasing a 4×4 car, in fact, the cold weather is set to stay for a couple more months yet, so it’s well worth taking a look at the best 4×4 cars for the snow.
Warranty Direct has formed a Reliability Index Rating for used cars which is based on how often vehicles between three and eight years old break down as well as the average repair costs and time spent in the garage. Below, the Trusted Dealers have listed three of their favourite 4×4 cars which offer the best reliability in snow.
Land Rover Freelander 2006 –: Reliability Index Rating: 44
Sixth in the running for best 4×4 in the snow, we love the Land Rover Freelander, not just for its outstanding performance but also for its sheer presence on the road. It’s a highly desirable car thanks to its bold design mixed with its simple but comfortable interior. In fact, it’s desirable image is what keeps its resale values strong. It offers a smooth ride and a great driving position and is highly competent off-road as well as on. Prices are a little steep if you wish to purchase new, so opting for a second-hand Land Rover Freelander is a good option. Our only complaint would be that there is less legroom in the back than other rivals and the boot space could be larger, but for reliability and popularity, this 4×4 has it all.
Suzuki Jimny 1998- : Reliability Index Rating: 34
Runner up for the position of best 4×4 in the snow is the Suzuki Jimny – it may not be the most popular choice of four-wheel drive car, but it is guaranteed to see you through the snowy weather with ease. It’s one of the cheapest new 4×4 cars on sale and is a very capable off-roader thanks to its low-ration box. It also boasts an impressive warranty. If you’re ploughing through the snow you’ll find the Jimny tough and capable, but in milder climates the ride is too firm and short of grip. You’ll also find that the Jimny is tight on passenger space, but for the money, it’s still an attractive choice, despite being placed quite far behind its other SUV rivals.
Honda HR-V 1998-2006: Reliability Index Rating: 6
The Honda HR-V wins first place for its reliability in the snow thanks to its smooth performance 1.6 engine. It’s also fun to drive and quite a quirky 4×4 well suited to young people who are looking for a cheap and funky off-roader. However, it does have limited off-road ability and its three-door bodyshell makes its less practical for everyday use. We’d recommend opting for the 2000 1.6 VTEC to get the most from this family hatch.