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Gumtree’s Top Five Used Cars For Winter Driving

Monday 10 November 2014, by
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You don’t have to be a regular off-roader to appreciate the benefits of a sturdy set of wheels when winter sets in. Even if your car’s a wimpy city slicker most of the time there are likely to be occasions when icy weather conditions call for a rather more grown–up machine. Our top five winter driving cars mix the rugged with the refined and won’t be found wanting when the weather turns nasty.

BMW X6

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Average price on Gumtree of 2009 BMW X6: £23,000

A 4×4 that mixes muscular off-road performance with spritely acceleration and agile handling, the X6 ticks an awful lot of boxes if you’re after a strapping off-roader with a bit of zip and no lack of metropolitan sophistication. An advanced four-wheel drive system ensures excellent traction and grip and a surfeit of electronic aids helps to make the X6 an extremely safe drive.

Skoda Superb

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Average price on Gumtree of 2009 Skoda Superb: £5,500

A great all-purpose family saloon that handles difficult conditions with relative ease thanks to supple suspension that really takes the jolt out of bumpy surfaces. The Superb offers an expansive, comfortable interior that should provide a welcome haven on cold winter journeys. For the price, you’ll struggle to find a better-equipped, more assuredly sturdy family car.

Volvo XC70

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Average price on Gumtree of 2009 Volvo XC70: £14,000

A quality choice if you’re in the market for a four-wheel drive car that can handle a bit of rough, but you don’t really fancy the bulk of an off-road vehicle. The Volvo XC70 is a capable off-road performer and should take ice and snow in its stride. Added body protection comes courtesy of extra large bumpers and a raised driving position gives the XC70 a distinctly off-road-y feel that’s nicely offset by a classy interior and refined styling. 

Land Rover Discovery 4

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Average price on Gumtree of 2009 Land Rover Discovery 4: £15,000

You certainly can’t question the Discovery’s off-road pedigree and there’s no doubt that this Land Rover can handle itself in seriously gnarly conditions. The most recent iteration of the Discovery (introduced in 2009) is the most accomplished yet, adding extra finesse and refinement to an already near-complete package. It’s no surprise that this brilliantly flexible go-anywhere 4×4 is routinely described as the ultimate family car. The Discovery is rugged when it needs to be and refined when conditions are less challenging.

Dacia Duster

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Average price on Gumtree of 2013 Dacia Duster: £11,000

If you’re on a budget then the modestly priced Duster probably offers the biggest off-road bang for your buck in the current market. This Romanian bruiser may lack refinement but it more than holds it’s own off-road, boasting a flexible Nissan-developed four-wheel-drive system that accommodates both an efficient front-wheel drive mode for everyday driving and a total traction set-up that’s more than capable of handling challenging winter driving conditions.

Whatever you choose, drive safely this winter!

The Gumtree Team


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