Tow Car Award Winners 2017

There are 12 categories of Practical Caravan Tow Car winners for 2017:

You can see them all in detail here.

I’m going to go through each car and tell you it’s GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight) and what you are allowed to tow with a Cat B licence:

*Up to 1400kg Skoda Octavia Estate 2.0TDi 150PS DSG

GVW 1944kg

Towing limit 1800kg

Keep within 3500kg limit you can tow a caravan with a MTPLM of 1556kg

The award winner is the DSG gearbox model which weighs 20kg more than the 6 speed manual.

This is a very good car for Cat B licence holders as it has a relatively low GVW of less than 2 tonnes, and a high towing limit, as well as being a tow car award winner and as such is worth putting on your short-list.

*1400-1549kg Skoda Superb 2.0 TDi 150PS

GVW 2065kg

Towing limit 2000kg

Keep within 3500kg limit = caravan MTPLM of 1435kg

*1550-1699kg Jaguar XF 2.0D 180PS

GVW 2250kg

Towing limit 1800kg

Keep within 3500kg limit = caravan MTPLM 1250kg

*1700-1899kg Faguar F-Pace 3.0D S

GVW 2570kg

Towing limit 2400kg

Keep within 3500kg limit = caravan MTPLM 930kg

*1900kg+ Land Rover Discovery 3.0T6 HSE

GVW 3170kg

Towing limit 3500kg

Keep within 3500kg limit = caravan MTPLM 330kg

(You can legally tow 750kg)

Best Budget 4×4 Suzuki SX4 S-Cross 1.4 SZ5 Auto

GVW 1730kg

Towing limit 1200kg

Keep within 3500kg limit = 1200kg (can’t go above towing limit)

Best Hybrid Volvo XC90 T8

GVW 3010kg

Towing limit 2400kg

Keep within 3500kg limit = caravan MTPLM 490kg

(You can legally tow 750kg)

Best MPV Ford S-Max 2.0 TDCi 180PS

GVW 2530kg

Towing limit 2000kg

Keep within 3500kg limit = caravan MTPLM 970kg

Best Petrol Tow Car Audi A4 Allroad 2.0 TFSi Quattro

GVW 2170kg

Towing limit 1700kg

Keep within 3500kg limit = caravan MTPLM 1330kg

Best Pick-up VW Amarok 3.0 TDi 224PS

GVW 3290kg

Towing limit 3100kg

Keep within 3500kg limit = caravan MTPLM 210kg

(You can legally tow 750kg)

Best Ultralight Tow Car Hyundai i30 1.4 GDi

GVW 1820kg

Towing limit 1400kg

Keep within 3500kg limit = 1400kg (can’t go above towing limit)

Fuel Economy Award Skoda Superb 2.0 TDi 150PS

GVW 2260kg

Towing limit 2200kg

Keep within 3500kg limit = caravan MTPLM 1240kg

 

*The weights refer to the kerbweight (unladen) of the car, which if you’ve read Problems With Weight Limits is not useful to us.

 

The Bigger the Car – The Smaller the Caravan

As you can see from the above data, the car which most efficiently uses the 3500kg weight limit is the Skoda Octavia Estate with a capability to tow a caravan weighing 1556kg.

It’s rather frustrating that we have to balance car and caravan weights in this way when obviously to tow a particular sized caravan, the bigger the towing vehicle the better, but unfortunately that’s what we have to comply with at present.

I’m writing to every caravan manufacturer and trade body to see if we can raise this issue with the government with the objective of changing the law, if you’d like to help with this aim please get in touch.