With winter closing in and the threat of snow growing ever imminent, you may be considering a more capable fleet car to deal with the icy conditions. After all, who can call in a 'snow day' when their company car has all-wheel drive?!


Technology has moved on a long way since the muddy, luxury-sparse 4x4s of the past, with improved traction features spreading into the crossover and even saloon market.

Loaded with grip improving features and nifty torque technology, we've put together our list of the top ten weather defeating fleet cars.

1. Audi A4 Quattro

Audi A4 Quattro

Available with the 2.0 TFSI, 2.0 TDI and 3.0 V6 TDI engines in the A4 model, Audi's Quattro first debuted in 1980. Providing permanent all-wheel drive, optimal drive is delivered to each wheel for superior handling and phenomenal grip, even in less than perfect conditions. The new A4 has also been enhanced for 2016 with advanced technology and cutting edge design inside and out, with plenty of tricks to keep fleet drivers happy, such as the Audi Virtual Cockpit providing a full colour screen within the dashboard, Audio Connect bringing the 4G connectivity into the car and the Smartphone Interface, which turns the car into an extension of the driver's phone.

 Model

 Emissions

 Economy

 BIK Rate

 2.0TDI Quattro

 114g/km

 64.2mpg

 20%

2. BMW 3 Series xDrive

BMW 3 Series xDrive

Adapting to the most challenging of road surface conditions, BMW's xDrive ensures the best traction and driving experience at all times. When driving on surfaces such as mud, gravel or snow, the xDrive's Dynamic Stability Control sensors apply more power to improve traction, as well as recognising the first signs of oversteering and understeering. In a tenth of a second, it distributes almost 100% of the engine torque to the front or rear axle to enable precise handling and optimum cornering. xDrive is available with the 320i petrol and 320d diesel engines, with SE, Sport or M Sport trim.

 Model

 CO2 Emissions

 Economy

 BIK Rate

 320d xDrive Sport

 119g/km

 62.8mpg

 21%

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3. Ford Mondeo IAWD

Ford Mondeo IAWD

The Mondeo is one of five Ford models available with their Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, which monitors the conditions to determine the amount of grip, cornering balance and responsiveness needed when the road is wet, dry or icy. Automatically sending extra power to the front or rear axle to ensure exceptional handling efficiency, the Intelligent AWD monitors the way the car is being driven and constantly fine tunes itself. In the Mondeo, Intelligent AWD is available with a choice of two engines: the 2.0 Duratorq TDCi 150PS and 2.0 Duratorq TDCi 180PS. Further features on the Mondeo include Ford Dynamic LED technology, Ford Sync 2 infotainment system, rear view camera, Lane Keeping System and Active Park Assist.

 Model

 CO2 Emissions

 Economy

 BIK Rate

 2.0 Duratorq TDCi 150PS 6 Speed Manual iAWD

 124g/km

 57.7mpg

 22%

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4. Vauxhall Mokka 4x4

Vauxhall Mokka 4x4

The intelligent four-wheel drive system in the Vauxhall Mokka adds increased driving stability and improved handling in all conditions. Sensors monitor a range of conditions, including steering angle and relative speed of the wheels, before a torque-transfer device automatically distributes drive between the front and rear wheels for optimum traction and safety. In addition, the car's descent-control system safely controls speed on extreme downhill gradients, without the driver needing to brake. Further features which make the Mokka a good fleet choice include a 4G in-car wi-fi hotspot, which can connect up to seven devices simultaneously, 19 built in storage compartments and a rear view camera.

 Model

 CO2 Emissions

Economy 

BIK Rate 

 1.6CDTi 136PS Start/Stop 4x4 Manual 6-speed SE

 124g/km

 64.2mpg

 22%

5. MINI Countryman ALL4

MINI Countryman ALL4

Don't be fooled into thinking a little MINI wouldn't be able to tackle extreme conditions. The Countryman is the classic hatchback's big brother, loaded with optional MINI ALL4 all-wheel drive. Able to handle any terrain, the model also provides improved grip on urban roads, along with enhanced suspension for higher ride height and ground clearance. With the ALL4 version available on the Cooper, Cooper D, Cooper S and Cooper SD, other not-so-mini features include a 350-1,170 litre boot space, five seats and open wide tailgate. Add the MINI Media Pack to provide fleet drivers with an on-board computer, extended interior light package, voice control, Visual Boost Radio, enhanced Bluetooth with USB audio, MINI Connected and MINI Navigation System.

 Model

 CO2 Emissions

Economy 

BIK Rate 

 Cooper D Business Edition

 111g/km

 67.3mpg

 20%

6. Nissan Qashqai 4WD

Nissan Qashqai 4WD

Available in 4WD as well as 2WD, the 4WD version of the Qashqai is packed with Nissan's ALL MODE 4x4-I control. Attributing the appropriate torque as the vehicle turns corners, the system protects from under or over steering, plus all the torque information is displayed on the combi-meter dashboard. The vehicle also features Nissan Pure Drive, which helps to save fuel and cut emissions when working with the Stop/Start system. With the 4WD available on the n-tec, n-tec+, Acenta Premium and Tekna models, fleet drivers can also benefit from the advanced range of safety features in the Qashqai, including high beam assist, traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning, moving object detection and driver attention alert.

 Model

CO2 Emissions

 Economy

 BIK Rate

 Acenta Premium dCi 130 Manual 4WD with 17" Alloy Wheels

 129g/km

 57.6mpg

 23%

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7. Mazda CX-5 AWD

Mazda CX-5 AWD

Winner of a Fleet World award thanks to its SKYACTIV Technology, the Mazda CX-5 delivers dynamic driving and handling along with great fuel consumption and emissions figures. SKYACTIV Technology has redefined the way Mazda construct their vehicles, encompassing i-Stop re-starting efficiency, lightweight body, nimble chassis and high performing engines. With all-wheel drive available with the diesel engine in manual and automatic, the Active Torque All-Wheel Drive transfers power to the wheels with the most traction. Extensive safety features include Adaptive LED Headlights, Driver Attention Alert, Smart City Brake Support, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Sport Monitoring System.

 Model

 CO2 Emissions

 Economy

 BIK Rate

 150PS SKYACTIV-D Diesel AWD 6-Speed Automatic

 144g/km

 51.4mpg

 26%

8. Range Rover Evoque

Range Rover Evoque

Of course, we can't emit Land Rover from a list of the top winter cars. Off roaders' favourite, capable Land Rover models such as the Defender and Discovery are some of the best in the business but the compact Range Rover Evoque offers a compact and stylish option for the business user. Able to tackle all terrains and weather conditions, the Evoque still provides the luxury you'd expect alongside the Range Rover badge. An Adaptive Dynamics system tunes the suspension to deliver a more dynamic driving experience no matter what the conditions, whilst a suite of electronic stability and traction control systems allow the driver to choose between Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud and Ruts or Sand in Terrain Response®, aided by Hill Descent Control and water depth sensors. Active Driveline recognises opportunities to decouple 4WD at speeds below 22mph, reactivated within 300 milliseconds should the terrain require. 

 Model

 CO2 Emissions

 Economy

 BIK Rate

 Coupe SUV 3Dr 2.0TD4 180 StopStart EU6 SE Tech Auto

 129g/km

 57.7mpg

 24%

9. Hyundai Tucson 4WD

Hyundai Tucson 4WD

The Hyundai Tucson offers 4WD on demand, combined with a range of advanced features which actively monitor the road conditions. These include Advanced Traction Cornering Control, which directs torque to the wheels with the most grip, Vehicle Stability Management, for wet or slippery roads, and Downhill Brake Control and Hill Start Assist Control, which help to maintain a safe and steady descent and ascent. Further safety technology includes Autonomous Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Detection, Lane Departure Warning System with Lane Keep Assist and Static Cornering Lights, whilst clever convenience features include parking assistance, smart electric tailgate, seat adjustment system and heated and ventilated seats.

 Model

 CO2 Emissions

 Economy

 BIK Rate

 2.0 CRDi 136PS Diesel 4WD Manual

 139g/km

 46mpg

 25%

10. Mercedes-Benz GLA 4MATIC

Mercedes-Benz GLA 4MATIC

Mercedes-Benz' new GLA is available with the 4MATIC all-wheel drive, which delivers a powerful performance on or off the road. Able to send up to 50% of the torque to the rear wheels to maximise traction and handling, 4MATIC is available with a choice of two diesel engines (200 d and 220 d) and two petrol engines (250 and Mercedes-AMG 45), with the Sport or AMG trim. Features on the Sport version include Collision Prevention Assist Plus, Dynamic Select offering a choice between ECO, Sport and Individual driving modes and a reversing camera with 180° view. On the interior, enjoy an extensive Stowage Package with up to four extra storage compartments, and the Media Interface, enabling connection and control of portable media devices.

 Model

 CO2 Emissions

 Economy

 BIK Rate

 GLA 200d d 4MATIC

 130g/km

 56.5mpg

 24%