For most people, winter is that time of year where it is acceptable to hide indoors, wrap yourself in blankets and eat an entire box of quality street in one sitting. However, for some the depth of winter is a perfect time to get out on the roads and explore! Whether it’s ploughing on against the Beast from the East, or doing the school run during below-freezing temperatures, ‘Safety first’ is especially important when it comes to your vehicle this festive season. This list compiles the top 5 winter-proof SUVs to help you survive…and thrive this winter!
With it’s striking, distinctive look, the Jeep Wrangler has been an off-road staple since 1986. With an upgraded model sporting multiple four wheel drive modes supported by the Rock-Trac 4x4 system and the antilock break system, a punchy 200HP engine and an improved ground clearance, cruising through snow, ice, and even water in the Wrangler is a breeze. The Wrangler sports blind spot monitoring and new and improved high strength steel to fortify the vehicle stiffness and side-impact performance. However, although extra safety options are available, when compared with the other SUVs in this list, the Wrangler falls short on safety and security. Additionally, it has the lowest fuel efficiency rating on the list, managing only 25MPG on the road and even lower off-road. So if you want to keep the snow days coming, the climate-unfriendly Wrangler isn’t the best choice. However, with an iconic design and near unrivalled off-road capability, they’ll see you coming even in a Blizzard!
Available from: £37,870
The Audi Q5 is an off-road titan. With multi-collision break assist, hill descent control and dynamic suspension, this SUV is sure to ensure comfort off-road, in heavy snow, or other bumpy conditions. The most expensive SUV on our list, but well worth the cost – the Audi Q5, like its more compact sister the Q3, is just behind the Mercedes-Benz GLC in the luxury subcompact SUV ranking for 2019, at second place. With the standard Audi Quattro all-wheel-drive system and adaptive cruise control, the Q5 is ideal for long, winding journeys and short, smooth jaunts through the snow. If you don’t mind splashing the cash for a reliable ride, the Audi Q5 is the SUV for you.
Available from £41,420.
The Mercedes-Benz GLC is at the top of the luxury subcompact SUV ranking for 2019. Leaning slightly more towards the expensive end of this list, but well worth it – this SUV has a range of safety features that make it suitable for icy, wind, snow, or a combination of all 3! The 4MATIC all-wheel drive will help you conquer steep slopes and slippery surfaces. Additionally, Boasting automatic emergency breaking, adaptive high beam lights and lane-keep assist, the GLC was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The GLC's boot is among the most roomy in its segment and, with the flexibility of the folding rear seats and a 1600 litre boot space, you'll never worry about fitting the skis in ever again. If you want to combine safety and style in the snow, the Mercedes-Benz GLC is the SUV for you.
Available from £31,000.
The Hyundai Kona is a sturdy, stoic, subcompact SUV that boasts all-wheel drive in certain modes – imperative for tackling those snowy roads. Not only is the Kona the the most affordable SUV on our list, but it boasts a range of other features including automatic high beam LED lights, lane keep assist, forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking. This SUV is a comfortable drive in high winds and heavy snowfall alike. Additionally, the climate-friendly electric Kona supports a 64 kWh battery and is able to travel almost 300 miles on a single charge – winning the Technology Award in the Car of the Year 2019 competition. If you want to look cool and keep the planet cool and don’t want to break the bank, the Hyundai Kona is the SUV for you.
Available from £16,700.
The Range Rover is celebrating it's 50th year on the market in 2020, and has been an off-road staple of windswept icy landscapes and muddy roads since 1970. This SUV has undergone a drastic makeover and boasts a range of modern upgrades to improve off-road capability as well as a stylish, sleek model. 3 systems operating in tandem within the Velar mean it can conquer any conditions. The renowned Torque on demand All Wheel Drive (AWD) system, the unique Terrain Response System, and the state-of-the-art Terrain Progress Control (ATPC) makes the Velar the top dog when it comes to off-road capability. All packed together with a powerful V6 engine, the Velar is the perect mix of practicality and performance. If you want to combine sleek modernity and time-honoured tradition, the Range Rover Velar is the SUV for you.
Available from £45,260.
18th of December 2019