have a seemingly insurmountable problem: i do about 35k on motorways per year, 99.99% of my driving is A road/Mway, 50mpg, 60+mph boring stuff - however, i live 2 miles up a steepish lane that will never see a gritter before the end of time, and last winter i was stuck, completely stuck - for several weeks we were unable to leave our house, and only the kindness of neighbours with proper 4WD's stopped us starving to death and being sacked. my current wagon, a 56 2.0 TDCI mondeo estate, is wonderful - its utterly reliable, masses of room, comfortable to drive, gets 50-55mpg and is cheap to run, however it won't do 2 miles of upto 1in6 ice - even with those fancy 'snow glove' things on the tyres. so advice please - will a 'normal car' with 4WD (Volvo, Audi, Skoda Subaru etc..) do the deed - 50mpg, and the ice wall - or will i need to get a 'proper' farm gate Landy-type thing for the ice wall and a 'normal' 2WD car for my 35k of motorway driving? realisticly my budget is going to be about Â£8k. ideas?