I'd look for a small front wheel drive car like a Clio.
Everyone loves a "what car" thread...
Ha! Having said all that about the duster it's not done a winter yet and the best winter car I ever had was a mark one Clio! Front wheel drive, skinny tyres, no power, didn't get stuck once!
Volvo V70 estates are cheap as chips just now and no more expensive to fix than the Jap alternatives. Obviously no four wheel drive but as has been said ^^^ winter tyres go a long way to rectifying that.
Strangely, I'm in exactly the same boat - some onesy-wearing zombie wrote off my Volvo S80 D5 SE last week and I'm looking for exactly the same specs as you in my replacement car (minus the four wheel drive).
My eBay watch list is stuffed with Mitsubishis, Volvos, and Subarus. Pretty sure I'll just end up with another Focus / Octavia / Mondeo estate though. Sad-middle-aged-dad-of-a-one-year-old-face.
*weeps* It had £700 spent on it in April. It was going to be my "forever car".
Been thinking of a legacy estate myself, anyone got one?
sitting with a forrster here (2.5T) that the missus got when she moved to Oz before me, crap MPG tiny tank in UK money probably 20p/mile which is piss poor. Less useable space than the old octavia.
Still not sold on 4wd for anything other than proper off road. Good driving and good tyres makes 2wd fine for most of the UK. Again when you really need it some dick in an X5 with rubber band tyres will be stuck in front of you.
From the OP
The wife has other ideas though. Subarus are "drug dealer's cars", the Audi A6 has "a big bum", and the Golf's fuel economy is too poor. She's looking at Renault Scenics and Honda HRVs.
Considering you can get a TDI golf that will probably do double the MPG and drives really well it's a bit silly.
Feels like one of those what I really do posters, everyone thinks they drive like they are on top gear on open roads smashing it feeling every corner and enjoying the experience when in fact most of our time is spent looking at the bumper in front of us.
FWIW, we've been offered a free-to-use boring Honda Accord with snow tires now, so that's now top of the list pending wifely approval.
Still not sold on 4wd for anything other than proper off road. Good driving and good tyres makes 2wd fine for most of the UK.
It is pretty rough here when the snow comes though. Not unheard of for the local farmer and his tractor to be the only one who can get into town for supplies.
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