Tow Car Awards 2022: Overall winner

If you’re looking for a great tow car that will also be enjoyable to drive solo, you need one of our 2022 Tow Car Awards winners. Here we reveal our overall Tow Car of the Year and why it won...

OVERALL WINNER: Tow Car of the Year 2021

Audi Q5 40 TDI quattro Sport

Tow Car Awards 2022 winner logo

Kerbweight 1880kg 85% match 1598kg Max towing weight 2400kg Towball limit 100kg

This year’s field was packed with talent, so our judges spent a long time debating which car deserved to be the overall winner, but ultimately everyone agreed that the Audi Q5 was the best all-rounder.

With 201bhp and 295lb ft of pulling power, its diesel engine is ideally suited to towing, and it’s cleaner and more efficient than older Q5 models.

Tow Car Awards 2022 winner - Audi Q5 nose

More importantly, the Q5 is exceptionally stable. It doesn’t seem bothered by the weight of a caravan behind it at all, towing serenely at the legal limit and beyond. It coped just as well with an emergency lane change and gave the impression it would have been just as happy at higher speeds.

Inside, the build quality really shines through. The doors shut with a satisfying clunk, and the materials feel upmarket. The Q5 feels every inch the premium product, something a posh badge on the nose doesn’t always guarantee.

The interior is roomy as well as plush, with plenty of space for adults to get comfortable in both rows of seats. There's lots of luggage space, too; you won’t need to travel light when touring in the Q5.

Audi Q5 2021 boot

Choose Sport trim and the Q5 is very competitively priced. And strong resale values mean monthly finance payments are broadly on a par with those of some cheaper SUVs that don’t have as much cachet.

But this isn’t a victory based on brand appeal. There’s real substance to the Q5, with a near-ideal blend of performance, stability and practicality

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