My view from here is that in the States roads are salted so much more to ensure people can get around with all-seasons, if they live in areas that get ice or snow on the roads. Here we do salt, and quite a lot, but some of the road keeping relies on people having studded or studless winter tires on. The studded tires and constant truck traffic (they don't use studs, but wear the road anyway) grinds asphalt to a very worn condition in about a year already. Bits of the highway near to me were resurfaced just now, so I'll see after the winter what it looks like.
My usual commute has a long section that's often quite icy. The 2019-2020 winter was less snowy and more wet-icy, and the W203 felt nervous and alert to the extent that driving to work and back felt tiring. I actually ditched it once due to the studs on the insides of the rear tires having worn off, which was a surprise to me. The 2020-2021 winter I drove the Volvo, and we also got a drier, colder winter that made the road easier to drive on. I could mentally autopilot a lot and the commute was a relaxed no-brainer thanks to front traction.
Now, the coming winter I'll be negotiating with the Hyundai. I specified studded tires, knowing the road.
Seats were fine at least in the 2017 used example I tested, thanks to properly adjustable lumbar support. But they'll never be XC70 level good.