Volvo XC70 $59,990
The big all-wheel-drive wagon sits 210mm clear of the road, giving it more than enough room to clamber over kerbs and ride roughshod over piles of snow at the local ski field. Backed by a 575L boot, it is a hugely capable getaway machine. The Volvo is all about cruising in comfort, so the intentionally cosseting ride comes at the expense of cornering ability. The base diesel engine has more than enough go but some expected gear — like a powered tailgate and satnav — require a dip into the extensive options list.