What's the best small 4x4?

I want to replace my trusty Hyundai i10 with something that will cope better with the poor weather on the hilly and exposed country roads I drive along. I have considered the Suzuki Sprint 4x4, but its 9000 mile service intervals put me off. I also considering the Fiat Panda, but am not sure if the Trekking or 4x4 would be best. Can you help?

Asked on 29 October 2013 by JH, West Sussex

Answered by Honest John
Why do 9000 mile service intervals put you off? Every car needs servicing every 10,000 miles, whatever they tell you. The Panda Trekking comes with a trick diff and Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons tyres that could work out better in the snow than four-wheel drive.
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