With winter well and truly underway, now is the perfect time to find your 4x4. You can never fully prepare for the icy roads and sub-zero temperatures, but you can find a vehicle that is capable of tackling the very worst of British weather.
There is certainly no doubting Land Rover’s credentials when it comes to creating cars that conquer the British roads. With Land Rover’s legendary off-road capabilities and class-leading technology to keep you safe and innovative, you can feel at most confident navigating icy winter roads.
We stock a wide range of 4x4 and all-wheel-drive (AWD) vehicles including Land Rover, BMW, Audi, Mercedes and Jaguar. All of which are idyllic for the current weather conditions so that you don't have to be limited to a specific brand or type of car when choosing your next wheels.
We have identified three key elements you should look for when choosing a car that can tackle the worst of Britain's wintery weather:
Winter tyres - designed specifically to offer grip when the temperatures drop. The trade-off is that these tyres make cars less responsive in corners during summer, so they shouldn't be used all year round.We also recommend to check the tread depth of your tyres. Throughout winter extra levels of grip are needed, the advisable minimum level of tread would be 3mm. Front-wheel drive cars with the addition of winter tyres can cope with most icy conditions you'll encounter in this country. Front-wheel-drive cars have engines that send power to the front wheels only. The weight of the engine over these driven wheels means that they tend to have more grip than rear-wheel drive cars. Add winter tyres and they will cope with most icy conditions.
Four-wheel drive - designed to offer extra grip when accelerating. However, it cannot prevent you from skidding, so you will still need to take extra care when driving round corners or braking. Here’s a tip: rather than braking harshly, start doing so gently, then progressively increase pedal pressure. On corners, brake before you approach, steer through the corner at a safe speed, then accelerate once you’ve straightened up. Don’t steer while braking or accelerating, and vice versa.
Ground clearance - the space between the bottom of the car and the road. The more there is, the less likely your car is to get caught on piles of compacted snow or obstacles buried underneath.
All in all, with the availability of grippy winter tyres, cutting edge technology and some heated seats to keep you warm you’ll be ready to embrace the adventures that winter brings.
Head straight to the 4x4 and AWD vehicle category on our website, or just browse the full list!