8. Which car is best for towing?

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The UK-made Land Rover Discovery has been named the best towcar 2010 in the annual Towcar Awards, a coalition between experts from Practical Caravan, The Camping and Caravanning Club and What Car?.

Land Rover Discovery review

Practical Caravan, in association with The Camping and Caravanning Club and What Car?, hitched up 41 cars with caravans in their quest to find the best towing cars for 2010 to help holidaymakers make the right choice this year.

Skoda were awarded two accolades. The Green Award went to the Skoda Octavia Estate 1.6 Greenline with judges praising the excellent fuel economy of 64.2mpg and low carbon dioxide emissions of 114g/km that rewards the user with low road tax bills. Judges were also impressed with its all-round package including head and legroom and spacious boot. Skodas second award went to the Skoda Superb Estate 2.0 TDI 170 SE for the 1575-1724kg towing category for its tremendous space for passengers and luggage as well as being an impressive stable towcar.

Volkswagen picked up the trophy for the up to 1424kg towing category for the VW Golf 2.0 TDI 140 Match 5dr for its performance, stability and comfort. The Astra 2.0 CDTi (160 PS) SRi 5dr was awarded the 1425-1574kg towing category award with judges being impressed with its good looks, drivability and towing capabilities. In the 17251899kg category the Mazda CX-7 2.2 Diesel zoomed off with the top award. The panel of judges commented that it towed extremely well and made other 4x4s in the segment look overpriced and under equipped.

Other awards included the Hyundai Santa Fe 2.2 CRDi Style 7st picking up the best value 4x4 award. Editor Nigel Donnelly commented 'You know the Santa Fe is a good towcar after just a few miles, but its easy to miss just how good until you consider the price. Costing just over 22,000 (less if you haggle), the big Hyundai is one of the best value cars in this years tests'.

Best MPV award went to Kia for the Sedona 2.2 CRDi 3 auto which offers great value for families who want and need the versatility of a multi purpose vehicle with 7-seats but not the big budgets historically required.

Towcar Awards 2010
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