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Passat poor in snow

I have owned Volkswagen Passat estates for the last 15 years. They have all been good in the snow. My current model is a 2-litre TDi fitted with Contisport 235/45 ZR 17 tyres. The traction in snow is appalling. Any help please?

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It's the ridiculous tyres. Get a set of 16" wheels and fit them with 205/55 R16 winter tyres.
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