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Best cars for towing 2017

Whether you're planning to tow a light trailer, a giant twin-axle caravan, or something in between, these are the models you should be considering

Words ByDavid Motton

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1400-1549kg and Fuel Economy Award

Skoda Superb 2.0 TDI 150 SE L Executive

  • List price: £26,550
  • Target Price: £24,490
  • Kerbweight: 1485kg
  • 85% match: 1262kg
  • Max towing weight: 2000kg
  • Towball limit: 90kg

It's another win for Skoda, with the Superb holding on to its class win from last year.

This big family car uses the same engine as the smaller Octavia, but it's certainly not underpowered. There's sufficient pulling power to comfortably handle a suitably matched caravan, and the engine is efficient enough to win our Fuel Economy award.

We'd take stability over speed when towing, and the Superb feels reassuring at 60mph. Only when the wind really picks up can you feel the caravan beginning to move around slightly.

The Superb continues to impress once you've unhitched your caravan or trailer. It handles neatly and rides comfortably, shrugging off all but the worst imperfections in the road surface.

Perhaps most impressive of all, though, is how much space there is inside the Superb. Head and leg room put most rivals to shame, especially in the back of the car. The boot is huge, too, with a greater capacity than those of some estates.

Tow Car Awards verdict: A big and capable tow car with a relatively small price tag.

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1550-1699kg

Jaguar XF 2.0D 180 RWD Portfolio auto

List price: £39,260 Target Price: £35,696 Kerbweight: 1595kg 85% match: 1356kg Max towing weight: 2000kg Towball limit: 100kg

Executive saloons may not be the most obvious tow cars, but the best of them are surprisingly good at it. The Jaguar XF beat competition from SUVs, estates and MPVs to win this prize.

Most importantly, the XF feels stable at speed. Only when a very strong breeze was blowing could our drivers pick up on any slight movement.

While the 178bhp 2.0-litre engine isn't as smooth or powerful as Jaguar's 3.0-litre diesel, it's strong enough to handle any sensibly matched caravan or trailer. Even when towing, you won't be stuck behind dawdling traffic for long.

Similarly, the XF doesn't feel quite as plush or expensive as an Audi A6 inside, but there's plenty of space front and rear, and a sporty look to the design.

Despite the saloon bodystyle, the practicality test team from The Camping and Caravanning Club were impressed with the size of the boot.

Tow Car Awards verdict: More practical than you might expect, and a pleasure to tow with.

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