Best and worst cars for the snow

  • More snow predicted…
  • …so which cars should you buy…
  • …and which should you avoid
Snow - is your car up to the challenge?
Snow - is your car up to the challenge?
There's more snow on the way, so we look at the best cars for tackling the white stuff – and those that are best left at home.

You'll expect the list to be topped by 4x4s, but which ones are the best?

While the Land Rover Defender and Nissan Patrol would both be amazing in such wintry conditions, we wouldn't really recommend them for the rest of the year – so expect our list to take a wider look at each car's capabilities.

Then there are the worst cars for driving in the snow? Are you one of the unlucky owners who could be left marooned? Find out here.

The best of the best
Land Rover Discovery
It's a traditional 4x4 with a ladder frame for great ability and traction over loose and rough ground as well as snow-covered roads.

What's more, the Disco comes packed with a raft of high-tech systems to control your speed and skids in slippery conditions.

What Car? pick of the Land Rover Discovery range - 3.0 TDV6 XS

The best of the rest
Land Rover Freelander
The Freelander's electronic driver aids put the Land Rover into second place in our top five cars for the snow.

What Car? pick of the Land Rover Freelander range - 2.2 TD4e GS

Hyundai Santa Fe
The Santa Fe hasn't got the same kind of high-tech electronic trickery as the Land Rovers, but there's plentiful torque for slow, grippy starts on snowy driveways.

Lexus RX
The Lexus will give you a nice green conscience to go with the nice white snow. You might not expect the hybrid to be good in these conditions, but our long-term test car did incredibly well last winter.

What Car? pick of the Lexus RX range - 450h SE-L

Volkswagen Touareg
The Touareg is big and burly with lots of space and a very capable 4x4. It has a great V6 TDI engine with lots of torque to get you going, electronics to keep you on the road and decent brakes to stop you.

What Car? pick of the Volkswagen Touareg range - 3.0 V6 TDI SE

The not-so-good
Now for the not-so-good cars. Unsurprisingly, fast rear-wheel drive performance cars feature heavily in this section.

Great fun in the right conditions, but the last thing you should consider when venturing out in snow and ice.

Porsche 911 GT3 RS
Rear-wheel drive and rear-engined, this beast of the 911 range also comes with semi-slick tyres, which need to generate plenty of heat to perform properly.

Lotus Exige 260 Cup
Another rear-wheel drive performer with semi-slick tyres.

Rolls Royce Phantom
The weight might press down through soft snow, but once this monster lets go on ice there'd be no stopping it.

Ferrari 250 GTO
Some might argue these are too valuable to drive in the dry, let alone in the snow. Chris Evans paid £12 million for one.

Nissan 200SX
This potty, turbocharged rear-wheel-drive coupe from the mid-1990s may be a 'snow' drifter's dream, but it'll certainly hit the skids in snow drifts.

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