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Top five winter estates

  • Five of our favourite off-roading estate cars
  • These machines won't leave you stranded
  • Monthly tax bills from £168 on 40% pay scale

As the winter closes in and the ice begins to take hold, the cold reality of needing a practical car which won’t leave you stranded becomes painfully obvious to some.

If you live in the countryside or perhaps need to scale steep, un-gritted roads regularly then our selection of our five winter estate cars should give you plenty of choice when deciding on your next company car.

For our guide to winter driving click here.

Volkswagen Passat Estate Alltrack 2.0TDI

Why buy?

The Passat Estate is one of our favourite all-round cars and in Alltrack four-wheel-drive form it’s ready to tackle the rough stuff. A higher ride height means more clearance for challenging terrain but you wouldn’t notice much difference between it and the normal car when on the road.

Fuel economy: 49.6mpg

Range: 764 miles

P11d value: £28,290

CO2 emissions: 149g/km

BIK band: 23%

Monthly tax cost*: £217

Subaru Legacy Tourer 2.0D S

Why buy?

Subaru has an excellent record when it comes to capable off-roaders which go on forever. Coupled with a fairly frugal diesel engine, the Legacy Tourer could be all you need for your next company car. The clever four-wheel-drive system has a centrally mounted limited-slip differential which should make it almost unstoppable in snowy conditions.

Fuel economy: 49.6mpg

Range: 709 miles

P11d value: £26,675

CO2 emissions: 149g/km

BIK band: 23%

Monthly tax cost*: £205

Peugeot 508 RXH Diesel HYbrid4

Why buy?

Not only is the RXH a beefed-up version of the excellent 508 SW, it also makes use of the firm’s new HYbrid4 platform. This adds four-wheel-drive, as well as a diesel engine that's assisted by an electric motor. The result is low running costs for company car drivers and improved traction in poor conditions.

Fuel economy: 68.9mpg

Range: 1091 miles

P11d value: £33,640

CO2 emissions: 107g/km

BIK band: 15%

Monthly tax cost*: £168

Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer 2.0CDTi 4x4 SRi (start stop)

Why buy?

The Insignia has been a mainstay of company car lists since it launched thanks to its range of low P11d values and competitive CO2 emissions. There’s a 4x4 version available too, which makes it the perfect car to keep you moving this winter.

Fuel economy: 50.4mpg

Range: 776

P11d value: £28,375

CO2 emissions: 149g/km

BIK band: 23%

Monthly tax cost*: £218

Audi A4 allroad 2.0TDI Quattro

Why buy?

Although the most expensive car in this feature, the A4 allroad is also one of the most capable when it comes to off-roading. Not only that, but it also has a seriously refined and powerful 2.0-litre diesel engine and of course you get Audi’s excellent interior and build quality.

Fuel economy: 46.3mpg

Range: 662 miles

P11d value: £42,240

CO2 emissions: 159g/km

BIK band: 25%

Monthly tax cost*: £260

*Company car tax is calculated using the 40% pay scale, 2012/13 tax bands and assumes no optional extras.