If this winter is anything like the last one, we're in for a war of atmospheric attrition as motorists take on the elements. Of course, you might think you can gain the upper hand in your own struggle with the winter weather (or some particularly irritating leaves on your Surrey driveway) by buying a 4x4.

Vehicle valuation firm CAP HPI's Black Book editor, Mark Bulmer, has picked out five of the best used buys to make sure you can still get from A to B - even if a blizzard hits Bromsgrove.

“It’s not surprising that consumer appetite for SUVs remains high and there are some great models to be had to guarantee stylish yet great value motoring and great performance during harsh weather conditions," said Bulmer. "Practicality, presence and efficiency have ensured that SUVs have become the vehicle of choice for families, easily meeting the demands of everyday life. However it’s during the winter months where SUVs can really prove their worth.”