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Re: Vechicle recommendation

If you ask for opinion which car to choose you are bound to get more senseless recommendations than sensible ones. The latter are not interested in cars and probably do not bother to reply.

To buy a solid 'general' car in Switzerland with 4WD and lot to choose from I would recommended looking at Subarus. They are everywhere, still (I think) built in Japan and reliable as can be. Mazdas I do not know if are easy to find 4WD...and I am emphasizing this because OP mentioned skiing. Without that Mazda or any other 2WD would be ok with the amount of salt they dump on roads here...
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With the snow today was I happy that I have 4wd... But that happens in the lowlands about twice every winter. I used a 2wd Audi for years to go skiing and never had an issue with it- never even had to use snow chains on it...
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I'm sorry but I don't read it like that.

The OP hasn't suggested they need an enormous car. Two kids and a bit of luggage or a few skis.
Almost any four door car will cover those options.
Requiring heated seats will narrow it down a bit.

This isn't directed at you personally Meerkat33 but sometimes I feel peoples' motoring recommendations are a bit like choosing a sledgehammer to crack a nut.
Yeah that's typical on car forums too. anyway by big i meant i would not get a compact SUV like VW tiguan because space goes out real fast with 4 people, I think an E-segment station wagon like the passat is better.
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With the snow today was I happy that I have 4wd... But that happens in the lowlands about twice every winter. I used a 2wd Audi for years to go skiing and never had an issue with it- never even had to use snow chains on it...
good winter tires is all most people need really, still an electronic 4wd is cheap and doesn't increase fuel consumption so why not.
Subaru AWD is more expensive i bet, audi's too, but they say they are the best for a reason i guess.

The valleys in ticino are typical subaru fiefs, but so many octavias have appeared in the last years, the price is compelling and lot more engine choice also more economical fuel-wise, if it has convinced them I'm convinced too.
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Re: Vechicle recommendation

I ski a lot and there have been than more than few occasions when 2WD just have not been enough, every winter. It is worth having paid bit extra for 4WD when you just drive up past sometimes tens of cars where driver is trying to figure out how the chains should be installed

It is true if you look at weather forecast and choose your resort accordingly you can completely avoid this. But for me is better just to go where I have planned when I have planned without the need to think if I can make it up there.

Good thing with 4WD is in second hand car it does not impact price too much, and have seen some brands every now and then offering it for free or with minor extra cost for new cars...

But agree with you, it is not necessity, depends on your needs and can live without very easily.
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Current generation Volvo V70 and XC70 should do the trick - they'll do big KMs with normal maintenance.
Second that. Exactly what sprung to mind after reading the criteria.
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Second that. Exactly what sprung to mind after reading the criteria.
It is worth mentioning that the P3 V/XC70 (as mentioned) features 40/20/40 split folding rear seats - which means you can fold the centre part - and run skis through - and still have 4 people seated comfortably. An option with these cars is built in child booster seat.

I steer clear of Subaru purely based on interior trim - the plastics are poor, ergonomic is design isn't great and overall it lacks a sense that the designers really cared how the car was used.

There are 69 for sale in Switzerland with the 3 options required (Sunroof, Leather and heated seats) - however it is worth remembering that a sunroof is an expensive option on a Volvo when new and seldom ticked. It is also not a full panoramic style on as offered on the BMW 3 and 5 series.

This V70 is a good example - it has the facelifted centre console (built in navigation rather than raising from the dash), the uprated D5 engine (215ps) and has a premium colour combination - and from the photos the leather has worn very well indeed.

@OP - unless you specifiy a budget and things you definitely DON'T want we'll struggle to guide you much further.
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