It’s coming up to that time of year again – winter. And while it may be the season to be jolly, it’s also the season of rain, ice, and sometimes snow. Especially if you live in the UK, you’ll understand that the weather doesn’t like to make its mind up. One minute it’s sunny and warm, and the next it’s freezing and pouring down with rain.
This onslaught of varying and often unpredictable weather causes a lot of problems on the road. When conditions get tough, reports of traffic jams, crashes, and motorists getting stuck quickly flood the news.
But this winter, we’re going to be prepared. So, if you can, put some of these winter warriors on your Christmas list – these are cars with heroic all-weather power and capability.
Audi’s RS6 is a bit like a smartphone – it combines many different features and attributes into a single package. You get the practicality of an estate, with the performance of a supercar. Moreover (and this is the bit that’ll help you when the road gets slippery), the RS6 makes full use of Audi’s renowned Quattro all-wheel drive system. This means you can put the power down and you’ll have grip in pretty much any situation. To be more specific, you can put down all 552 horses coming from its turbocharged V8 engine directly to the road – whatever the weather.
Ford Focus RS
It’s safe to say that the latest Focus RS went down a storm (excuse the pun) with car enthusiasts. Ford know how to make a great driver’s car, and this is just one of many superb examples. With its snarling 345bhp 2.3 litre EcoBoost engine and all-wheel drive grip, the Focus RS is undoubtedly one of the best rally cars for the road. And, like a rally car, it’s built to deliver its power through all kinds of weather conditions while still managing to put a smile on your face. What more could you want?
Subaru WRX STI
On the topic of rally cars for the road, the Subaru WRX STI is another great option. Again, it has a fantastic all-wheel drive system, meaning you’ll have grip no matter how slippery the roads are. Plus, the STI’s 296bhp 2.5 litre turbocharged boxer engine offers the performance you’d expect from a brand synonymous with motorsport. Combine this with Subaru’s signature handling characteristics and you’ve got a true driver’s car that you can enjoy come rain or shine.
While this Subaru may not be as quick as the WRX STI, it’s just as (if not more) tough. What the Outback lacks in raw performance (the fastest variant has just 150bhp), it more than makes up for it in versatility. This is an estate with a focus on rugged capability, on and off-road. Four-wheel drive and a higher ride height than most estates makes the Outback an amazing all-weather vehicle – arguably the best estate for all types of road/off-road conditions.
Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain
The previous statement about the Outback might have to be changed to ‘one of the best’ if the Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain has anything to do with it. This raised four-wheel drive version of the E-Class Estate is capable just where its name suggests – on All-Terrain. Because of this, it adds a whole new breadth of ability to the already fantastic E-Class. Rain, snow, ice – it doesn’t matter. You’ll feel comfortable no matter the weather in this posh family wagon. And with a 254bhp 3.0 litre V6 under the bonnet, you’ll outrun the Outback in this thing.