Caravan Club tests a wide range of vehicles then reveals its best performers by class.
The Towcar of the Year 2017 Overall Winner is the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack, The Caravan Club confirmed. This large, family class, estate – in 2.0TDI 4MOTION 150PS form - received its honour at a ceremony at The Royal Automobile Club, London. Olympian, Roger Black MBE, presented representatives of the company with the title.
2017 Towcar of the Year entries were judged by motoring journalists, caravan journalists and Caravan Club members. The Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire provided a setting. Its facilities replicated a range of typical, real-world, challenges such as: twisty country roads, extremely steep hills and motorways.
Motor manufacturers submitted 47 vehicles for evaluation. Driving tests included: acceleration, braking, reversing, starting and stopping on steep hills and transmission characteristics. Furthermore, judges noted how easily the entries could be hitched to a caravan, plus how many caravanning essentials could be stowed.
Categories were: Overall Winner, Class 1: Under £20,000, Class 2: £20,000 to £23,000, Class 3: £23,000 to £29,000, Class 4: £29,000 to £32,000, Class 5: £32,000 to £35,000, Class 6: £35,000 to £45,000 and Class 7: Over £45,000. 4x4s entered the All-Wheel-Drive Under 1,800kg and the All-Wheel-Drive Over 1,800kg categories, too.
The Towcar of the Year 2017 class winner were:
- Class 1: Under £20,000 - Citroën C4 Cactus Rip Curl Blue HDi 100;
- Class 2: £20,000 - £23,000 - Peugeot 308 SW Active BlueHDi 120;
- Class 3: £23,000 - £29,000 - Škoda Superb SE L Executive 2.0TDI 150PS;
- Class 4: £29,000 - £32,000 - Volkswagen Golf Estate Alltrack 2.0TDI 4MOTION 150PS;
- Class 5: £32,000 - £35,000 - Volkswagen Passat Estate Alltrack 2.0TDI 4MOTION 150PS;
- Class 6: £35,000 - £45,000 - Mercedes -Benz E220d AMG Line Saloon;
- Class 7: Over £45,000 - BMW X5 xDrive40d M Sport;
- All Wheel Drive Under 1800kg - Volkswagen Passat Alltrack 2.0TDI 4MOTION 150PS;
- All Wheel Drive Over 1800kg - BMW X5 xDrive40d M Sport.
Caravan Club “thrilled”
Grenville Chamberlain, The Caravan Club Chairman, commented: “It was a thrill to see such a great choice of vehicles being put through their paces during the competition – the winning manufacturers should feel very proud of their achievements.”
Volkswagen highlights “advanced technology”
Volkswagen commented: “The Passat Alltrack was singled out as the best of the best thanks to its combination of advanced technology and attractive affordability.
“The car features permanent all-wheel drive with a Haldex coupling, which means the drive is sent to the rear wheels as soon as it is needed.”
The manufacturer continued: “Meanwhile, the default is front-wheel drive which contributes to an impressive fuel consumption figure of 57.6 mpg on the combined cycle (with CO₂ emissions of 130 g/km).”