The annual Caravan Club Towcar of the Year competition allows The Club to tell members which, of all the entries, is the towcar to buy in 2016. The judging is carried out by caravan journalists, national motoring journalists and Caravan Club members, all wanting to provide Club members with sound advice for their towing needs.
The panel of nine judges evaluated each of the vehicles using the same set criteria, they assessed acceleration, brakes including parking brake, reversing, driver ergonomics, hill start, visibility, traction and the suitability of the gear box.
This year's judging was held during the summer at Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire and attracted 43 entries. The entry was open to all vehicles on sale on 1 October which were not required to be new or significantly modified. Cars competed in seven price classes and vehicles with 4-wheel drive features competed in a further two categories split by kerbweight, under and over 1800kg.
Volkswagen Jetta SE 2.0-litre TDI BlueMotion Technology 150 PS DSG
Volkswagen Passat Estate GT 2.0-litre TDI SCR 190 PS DSG
Volkswagen Passat Estate GT 2.0-litre Bi-TDI SCR 240 PS 4MOTION
Volkswagen Touareg R-Line 3.0TDI V6 4MOTION