So my girlfriend and I have decided we're going to take a trip to Switzerland in January. After duurtlang's recommendation that I rent a car and drive the Alps in my last help post, I've also decided that this would be a fun way to see Switzerland.

First, I'm wondering how possible this will be in mid–January. I know the highways will be clear, but I'd like to do some smaller roads as well. Will this be possible? I have a good amount of winter driving experience, and I've driven in mountains before. The cars come with snow tires and chains, but those won't do any good if the roads aren't clear.

Second, what type of vehicle should I rent? The options within my budget are as follows:

  • VW UP or similar
  • Seat Ibiza 1.2 or similar
  • VW Polo 1.2 or similar
  • VW Golf 1.4 or similar

Both me and my girlfriend can drive stick so this won't be an issue. Looking forward to hearing your recommendations!