THE BEST ALL-WEATHER RIDES

Give in­clement weather the cold shoul­der with an SUV that’ll keep you rock solid on the road in any sea­son

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Un­less you want to recre­ate Torvill and Dean’s Bolero on the slip­pery roads this au­tumn and win­ter, you need to think about buy­ing a mo­tor that can cope with ad­verse con­di­tions. Of course, Land Rover has been build­ing all-weather ve­hi­cles for don­key’s years, so you’d ex­pect its lat­est Dis­cov­ery Sport (from $62,762, lan­drover.com.au) to take this kind of stuff in its stride. And it does, boast­ing ded­i­cated ‘Mud’ and ‘Snow’ modes that ap­ply ex­actly the right amount of power to max­imise trac­tion on un­for­giv­ing sur­faces, as well as tyres that are wider and grip­pier than a bouncer’s arms.

Subaru may not be the first mar­que that springs to mind when you think about no-non­sense ve­hi­cles, but the 2018 Out­back (from $35,740, subaru.com.au) laughs in the face of chilly climes, with all-wheel drive and im­pres­sive ground clear­ance, not to men­tion heated front seats as stan­dard. Toasty.

Volvo’s new V90 Cross Coun­try all-wheel drive (from $99,900, volvo­cars.com/au) takes no pris­on­ers in cold weather, draw­ing upon a tur­bocharger and a su­per­charger to pum­mel its way out of trou­ble. And the lat­est it­er­a­tion of Volk­swa­gen’s T-Roc (price TBC) com­bines a raft of smart safety fea­tures (emer­gency brak­ing, ac­ci­dent avoid­ance and op­tional 4MOTION trac­tion con­trol) to boost your con­fi­dence when the frost bites.

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