Good news campers: the 2013 Tow Car Awards winner is the Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDI CR 150PS Elegance. The judges – that include expert vehicle accessors from Practical Caravan, What Car? and The Camping And Caravanning Club – therefore have little but praise for this capable workhorse. As such, the panel conclude that: “no other small family hatchback packs in so much space for passengers or luggage”. Cargo capacity is therefore 590-litres rising to 1,580-litres when the rear seats are folded flat into the cabin. Furthermore - even though this award winning vehicle has a trailer stability control system - the panel say that: “when a car is fundamentally as stable towing a van as the new Octavia, you shouldn’t need to rely on electronic help very often”. The Octavia also has “excellent” brakes, “excellent” fuel economy, and a strong engine that is more than up to the job. As well as the overall title, the Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDI CR 150PS Elegance is the “Up To 1424kg Category” champion. What a lot of metal for only £21,990.
Tow Car Awards 2013 Category Winners
Good news campers: the 2013 Tow Car Awards recognise other vehicles too. As such, the “1425 - 1579kg Category” winner is the Volkswagen Passat Estate 2.0 TDI 177 BlueMotion Technology Sport. Why? Because - among other things - it has “excellent” stability and lots of “punch” from its engine. All for £27,145. Furthermore, the “1580 - 1724kg Category” winner is the BMW 3 Series Touring 330d Luxury. According to the judges, this lifestyle statement is “exceptionally stable” and “extremely swift”. Its eight-speed automatic transmission also responds “quickly and smoothly” - as it should in a car that costs £37,535. The “1725 - 1899kg” winner is the Jaguar XF Sportbrake 3.0D V6 Premium Luxury. It therefore feels “largely impervious” to strong crosswinds which suggests it is worth its £42,160 price tag. Finally, the “1900kg+ Category” winner is the Land Rover Discovery 4 3.0 SDV6 XS which costs £45,575. The judges say it: “remains the best big tow car you can buy” and “even in strong winds” the driver can rely on it to keep everything pointing in the right direction with very little input at the wheel. Other strengths include the plentiful luggage space, load adaptive suspension, trailer-stability control program and its “well-installed” tow bar. And that is also good news for campers.