Winter is the time of year that is feared by many drivers but experienced by all.

Most will struggle when the conditions worsen with snow and ice, however, those with cars built to confront all seasons can get on with their lives without any unwanted car struggles.

Vehicles that are ready-built for frosty elements can help avoid additional costs such as winter tyres, but which cars can handle winter the best? Here are our top five winter ready cars.

Skoda Octavia Scout estate - Image: Skoda

Skoda Octavia Scout estate

There will be no trouble getting out of your snow covered drive with the Skoda Octavia Scout as this four-wheel drive holds plenty of grip to see you survive the winter months. Based on the Skoda Octavia 4x4 Estate, the Scout has received a number of upgrades that raises its durability performance and allows it to function better off-road.

Fiat Panda 4x4

Fiat Panda 4x4 - Image: Fiat

One of the best features of the Fiat Panda 4x4 is that it's not all about the extra two driven wheels, as it also has better approach and departure angles than other similar cars thanks to a 47mm raised ride height. Drivers can also experience improved wading capability with the Panda's higher placed air intake, as well as a torque-on-demand system which maximises that much needed traction.


BMW X3 - Image: BMW

The BMW X3 is a man's best friend when it comes to driving in treacherous conditions thanks to its sharp handling. It's strong and efficient engines make up just one of the features which allows this model to seamlessly transfer from warmer conditions to the more wet and windy forecasts.

Volvo XC90 - Image: Volvo


Built in Sweden, you would expect that the Volvo XC90 will have been built around the focus of performing in freezing conditions. The XC90 car can plow through snow thanks to plenty of ground clearance and low centre of gravity. Comfortably seating seven with plenty of room for cargo still, the Volvo XC90 provides the perfect companion for a winter road trip.

Range Rover Sport SUV

Range Rover Sport SUV - Image: Land Rover

It may be a pricey purchase but the Range Rover Sport SUV features a number of techniques that are winter ready. This SUV is fitted with an anti-roll system that helps keep the car level when taking corners, meaning the risk of leaning into bends is reduced considerably when driving at a safe speed. When it comes to off-road driving, the Sport copes just as well thanks to its high ground clearance alongside the suspension settings which allows the car to adapt to the surrounding environment.

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