Which 4x4 for winter driving in heavy snow?

My daughter who lives in rural Aberdeenshire is looking to replace her 10-year-old Subaru Forester with a smaller, newer 4x4 with a punchy engine suitable for snowy Scottish hills. She has test driven a 2007 Fiat Sedici diesel at a local dealers and quite likes it, but has reservations about room for luggage for two in the rear with seats folded. Two other used cars looked at have been the Honda CR-V and Kia Sportage, which were both considered too large.

Apart from the Sedici, can you suggest a good suitable alternative 4x4?

Asked on 11 October 2012 by BW, Luton

Answered by Honest John
Since Honda stopped building the HR-V, there's not much to fill this particular gap. The forthcoming new Vauxhall Mokka or Chevrolet Treck with 4WD might do. Also consider the Toyota Urban Cruiser 1.4 D-4D 4WD or maybe the Suzuki Grand Vitara.
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