On my way home I drive about 1km on a street with an incline. For about 1-4 weeks per year nearly all cars have to drive a longer route and even this route often gives them problems. The reason is that the street is not always well cleaned and their wheels will spin. One of the very few exceptions is my Fiat Panda 169 4x4 with which I don't even notice anything when driving at this incline even in the heaviest snowstorm except that it is slippy on curves.
Because of the age of the car and the increasing repairs I am looking for a new car and want to know which parameters to look for?
One factor I think is the 4WD? Another thing others told me was the ground clearance. Is this true? Are there other factors like distance between wheels, weight, automatic/manual, gasoline/diesel/hybrid/electro, horsepower, ...?
I am looking for a car to drive to work, so I am interested on parameters which you find in typical cars for city/country road and not something like offroad-cars, Jeeps, trucks, ... . Since the selection of cars with 4WD is limited I also want to know what to look for at non-4WD-cars.