Stay safe on the roadoad this win­ter with our guide to the cars, kit and tyres to buy

Auto Express - - Best Cars 2017 - Jonathan Burn Jonathan_burn@den­

IT’S the time of year ev­ery mo­torist in the UK dreads. The dark nights set in, tem­per­a­tures plum­met and the UK’S road net­work grinds to a halt thanks to un­pre­dictable weather and un­pre­pared driv­ers.

To en­sure you’re fully equipped for the com­ing months, Auto Ex­press has put to­gether a com­pre­hen­sive win­ter driv­ing spe­cial to give you all the top tips and tools you’ll need.

Our spe­cial is­sue kicks off with a run­down of the 102 best SUVS on sale in the UK to­day. From Alfa Romeo to Volvo, ev­ery SUV is ranked in our count­down. But to make it as com­pre­hen­sive as pos­si­ble, we’ve taken into ac­count more than just how ac­com­plished an SUV is off road or on poor sur­faces.

In such a crowded area of the mar­ket, value for money, prac­ti­cal­ity and run­ning costs are equally im­por­tant; SUVS need to tick a whole host of boxes to be wor­thy of con­sid­er­a­tion to­day.

In ad­di­tion, our handy guide to the best all-sea­son tyres will en­sure you don’t get wrong-footed by the un­pre­dictable weather, and we’ve rounded up some es­sen­tial kit and picked out some key driv­ing cour­ses to en­sure you’re fully pre­pared.

THE Shogun is an­other unashamedly old-style 4x4, so re­gard­less of whether you opt for the short-wheel­base three-door ver­sion or the much larger five-door, this is a ve­hi­cle that can per­form in the tough­est of con­di­tions.

In one way or an­other, this rugged SUV has been around since 1983, and a new­gen­er­a­tion model is just around the cor­ner fea­tur­ing the lat­est plug-in hy­brid power.

Prob­lem is, while Mit­subishi has en­sured the Shogun can go any­where, it has failed to keep up with ri­vals for abil­ity on the road, where it is noisy and slow. Throw in some re­ally steep run­ning costs and it’s dif­fi­cult to make a case for this SUV. Price range: £31,389-£43,305 Our pick: LWB SG2 (£35,045) En­gine: 3.2-litre 4cyl diesel, 187bhp Trans­mis­sion: 5-spd auto, per­ma­nent 4WD Top speed: 112mph Econ­omy: 31.4mpg CO2: 238g/km

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