The Ford Mondeo Estate 2.0 TDCi Titanium auto has beaten tough competition to be awarded overall winner in the second annual Towcar Awards, as judged by experts from What Car?, Practical Caravan and The Camping and Caravanning Club.
The 53 cars tested in this year’s awards, the UK’s largest and most rigorous towcar testing programme, were put through their paces for their towing ability and a host of other qualities including driving performance when not towing, practicality, value for money and safety.
To help buyers choose the right match for their caravan or trailer, the cars were judged in five categories by kerbweight. The category winners are:
Up to 1425 kg
Ford Focus 2.0 TDCi Titanium 5dr
VW Golf Estate 2.0 TDI SE
Ford Mondeo Estate 2.0 TDCi Titanium auto
Jaguar XJ 2.7 TDVi Sport Premium
Over 1900 kg
Land Rover Discovery TDV6 HSE auto
The following cars were Highly Recommended within their categories: Ford C-Max (Budget Choice), Kia Sportage 2.0 CRDi Titan 4WD (Best Compact 4×4) and the Audi Q7 4.2 TDI Quattro S-line (Money-no-object), while the Peugeot 207 SW HDi 110 Sport took the Green Award.
What Car?’s editor, Steve Fowler, said: “The standard of towcars tested was higher than ever, yet the overall winner was a clear decision. The Mondeo is not just a great towcar, it’s also a great car when there isn’t a caravan or a trailer hitched to the back. It’s comfortable, spacious, good to drive and affordable.”
Nigel Donnelly, Editor of Practical Caravan, said: “Practical Caravan readers have known for years that buying a great car is no guarantee that you’re buying a great towcar. Thanks to the Towcar Awards, we feel that Britain’s towcar buyers are better informed than ever about which cars deliver the combination of value, practicality, economy and ability that they want.”
Only cars which received the thumbs up from What Car?’s expert road testers as having true towing promise were selected for the week-long test programme – they also had to be good to drive solo and to live with.
Vehicles were put through a series of specially devised tests for stability, hill starts, acceleration and braking, and practicality. These took place at the Motor Industry Research Centre (MIRA) in Warwickshire.
Matthew Eastlake, Director of Marketing and Communications for The Camping and Caravanning Club said: “It is essential that consumers have all the relevant information at their fingertips in order to make an informed decision about the purchase of a new vehicle, especially when a considerable amount of money is at stake. This awards programme is the largest of its kind and is instrumental in opening up the minefield of information about not only the best cars for towing but also the best all round vehicles. The Club welcomes the results and is thrilled to be part of these awards.”