Top five snow-busting small cars

  • Our five favourite low-tax 4x4 cars
  • Monthly tax bills as low as £30
  • All with fuel economy above 50mpg

There's no doubt about it. Winter is here. We've seen snow, ice and freezing fog. Not all cars can cope in these conditions.

If you're on the lookout for your next company car and you're concerned about wintry conditions yet want to keep tax bills down, Parkers can help.

Here is our guide to our top five snow-busting small cars. We've laid out exactly how much they'll cost per month and have given you an idea of how big their boots are too.

Fiat Panda 4x4 0.9 TwinAir

Why buy?

The Panda 4x4 is a fantastic little car for rough or slippery surfaces. It has genuine off-road capability and is one of the best-loved small cars around. Fiat markets it as the only city car with four-wheel-drive and it’s the smallest car in this article by quite a margin.

P11d value: £13,940

CO2 emissions: 114g/km

Monthly tax*: £33

Fuel economy: 57.6mpg

Boot size: 225 litres

MINI Countryman Cooper D ALL4

Why buy?

The Countryman is the ‘crossover’ version of the popular MINI. It’s bulked-up and higher-riding than the normal car and has the option of a 4x4 system, which means it’ll work when the snow begins the fall.

P11d value: £20,515

CO2 emissions: 129g/km

Monthly tax*: £68

Fuel economy: 57.6mpg

Boot size: 350 litres

Dacia Duster Access 1.5 dCi 4x4

Why buy?

New brand Dacia is a subsidiary of Renault and takes aim at the cheaper end of the crossover market. The list price is low and you can order one with 4x4, making it a realistic proposition for winter motoring.

P11d value: £13,515

CO2 emissions: 137g/km

Monthly tax*: £40

Fuel economy: 53.3mpg

Boot size: 408 litres

Mitsubishi ASX 3 1.8 Diesel 4WD

Why buy?

The ASX is a small crossover which aims to provide potential hatchback buyers with a different option to the usual suspects. Equipped with the 1.8-litre diesel engine and 4x4, it’ll work off road without breaking the bank when the tax man comes knocking.

P11d value: £22,499

CO2 emissions: 138g/km

Monthly tax*: £83

Fuel economy: 54.3mpg

Boot size: 442 litres

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross 1.6 DDiS SZ-T ALLGRIP 5dr

Why buy?

The SX4 S-Cross is a Swift-sized hatchback with rugged 4x4 looks. It’s available with four-wheel-drive and with the 1.6-litre diesel engine it isn’t unrealistic as a company car.

P11d value: £21,494

CO2 emissions: 114g/km

Monthly tax*: £61

Fuel economy: 64.2mpg

Boot size: 270 litres


*Company car tax is calculated on the 20% pay scale using 2012/13 tax bands and assuming no optional extras.