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Top 5 Tuesdays: 5 Winter-Proof 4X4s

December 23, 2014

Winter’s in full swing, and that means cold weather and slippery roads! So in today’s edition of Top 5 Tuesdays, we’re taking a look at the 5 best 4x4s for the winter season. When you’re travelling over slippery roads, a 4×4 will give you more grip – since four wheels turning is definitely better than two in these situations. Our top 5 will do well in nasty weather conditions too, keeping the snow off your windshield and you and your passengers nice and toasty. So let’s get down to it – behold the best 4×4 SUVs on the market today.

Range Rover Sport

Original image by LandRover MENA

Original image by LandRover MENA

At the top of our list, we find the Range Rover Sport – which handles amazingly, thanks to Land Rover’s innovative Terrain Response. When hitting a slippery road, the Range Rover Sport will automatically adjust its throttle, traction control and gearbox to give you maximum traction. In the standard kit, you’ll not only get this revolutionary system, but also standard air suspension.  For £61,250, you can drive away in our top pick for 2014’s best SUV.

Hyundai Santa Fe

Original image by Michael Gil

Original image by Michael Gil

Lapping closely at its heels, however, is our runner-up: the Hyundai Santa Fe.  Although it only has one engine option, it compensates for this by having a much lower entry price – for as little as £27,995, you can get your hands on this beautiful 4×4 and know that you’re driving one of the best SUVs available today. With a ton of kit options and handling to rival the number one, the Hyundai takes our number two spot as best 4×4 SUV.

Dacia Duster

Original image by Piotr Drabik

Original image by Piotr Drabik

And the number three spot is again taken by incredible value for money – the Dacia Duster. You can get yourself a four wheel drive Dacia Duster for only half the price of our runner up. That’s right, you’ll be forking out less than £12,000 for this fantastic 4×4. With a price like that, you might assume the handling would suffer – but the Duster does what it does and very well. The downside is that the entry level car doesn’t come with any kit, which is why it isn’t higher in our best SUV shortlist.

Mazda CX-5

Original image by taymtaym

Original image by taymtaym

Number four is a solid and reliable SUV: the Mazda CX-5. The CX-5 handles great, but its best feature is its incredible efficiency. It’s rare you’ll find an SUV with emissions and fuel economy to rival a hatchback – but this magnificent Mazda offers 4×4 capability with affordability as an added bonus. Great fuel economy and a £21,895 price tag helps the Mazda CX-5 secure the fourth spot on our list.

Skoda Yeti

Original image by Karoly Lorentey

Original image by Karoly Lorentey

With a name like that, you just know this SUV was born ready for winter – but the Skoda Yeti is by no means abominable. Its entry price of £16,915 makes it the second cheapest car on our list, but it handles like number one. The Outdoor trim in particular will keep you completely safe on slippery roads –add to that the array of options and this car’s immense practicality and you have yourself a solid entry for best SUV of 2014.

Fallen in love with one of these 4x4s but struggling to find the funds? Stay safe on this winter’s roads by financing your SUV with the Car Loan Warehouse. We specialise in affordable car finance, so you better believe we can get you inside one of the best SUVs on the road no matter what budget you’re working with. Try our car loan calculator today for an instant quote.

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.