Like most of the posters I had no problems getting around last winter. I drove from Manchester to Chesterfield every working day and the only problem was when I turned onto a road at 10mph that literally had no grip and went straight on - I think the only way to avoid that would be studded tyres. Otherwise the car was supernaturally good in the ice and snow, easily getting up slopes that other cars of all types couldn't manage. It was so drivable in those conditions that I did start to wonder whether a Q2 had been fitted before I got it.
More of a problem was the screen washer jets that froze and wouldn't thaw, I was regularly stopping to throw snow at the screen going over the Pennines. Eventually I invested in heated jets (which thaw the jet, they don't heat the water) wiring was all in place so an easy job. I can't say how much difference they made as the weather improved soon after fitting them but, if they work, worth every penny and recommended.
Give a man a fire and he's warm for the evening.
Set a man on fire and he's warm for the rest of his life.