There were eight categories in all, with the five main classes divided by the cars’ kerbweight. The other three awards honoured the best petrol tow car, the best ultralight tow car and the Green Award.
The full list of winners was as follows:
Up to 1400kg: Skoda Octavia Hatch 2.0 TDI CR 150PS SE Business
1400 to 1549kg: Volkswagen Passat Estate 2.0 TDI BMT 150PS SE Business DSG
1550 to 1699kg: Mazda CX-5 2.2D 175PS AWD Sport Nav
1700 to 1899kg: Volkswagen Passat Estate 2.0 BiTDI SCR BMT 240PS 4Motion GT DSG
1900kg+: Land Rover Discovery 3.0 SDV6 SE Tech
Green Award: Volvo V40 Cross Country D4 Lux Nav Geartronic
Best Petrol Tow Car: Ford Mondeo 1.5T EcoBoost 160PS Titanium 5dr
Best Ultralight Tow Car: Citroën C4 Cactus BlueHDi 100 Feel
Overall Winner: Volkswagen Passat Estate 2.0 TDI BMT 150PS SE Business DSG
The assessment process featured a series of tests, with high-speed stability, hill starts on a one in six gradient, emergency stops and lane changes all included. Each car was matched with a caravan or a lightweight trailer weighted up to the manufacturer’s maximum towing limit.
This was the third year that a Volkswagen Passat has taken the award, having previously taken the top prize in 2007 and 2011.
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