Originally Posted by jeep2011
Given these are the stock Latitudes they seem to be doing pretty well in deep snow.
Thanks for posting that video. It's a nice find. But following on packed tracks left by other vehicles is not what I mean by deep snow. I mean 9 to 11 inches of unmarked fresh snow mixed with partly compacted snow on a laneway with curves and hills about 600 yards long, usually with packed snow/ice under that deep cover. My old XJs with Selec-trac, Trac-Lok and Michelin A/T tires could and did make it through such snow on many occasions with a head of steam, even dragging the undercarriage and with snow billowing over the hood and windshield.
I haven't yet built up the confidence in the WK2 to do the same, and the tires are a big part of the uncertainty. But due to budget, I will run with the Latitudes this winter and let you know how they do if we get the right conditions.
Here's what I can say about the Latitudes on a snow covered highway about 1-2 inches of fresh blown snow (not yet packed by other traffic and no other vehicles on the road so I could do some testing). Very solid, with firm hold on curves up to the speed limit and beyond where the old XJ would have started to break loose. I kept looking for fishtailing to correct for but the WK2 just went where it was pointed at speeds beyond my expectations. So with brand new tread depth, the Latitude Tours have gained some respect from me. The Quadra-Trac II was also doing its job without any fuss. Thumbs up so far.