The All-New Range Rover and Jaguar XF and XF Sportbrake each claimed awards in the prestigious competition, the results of which were announced at The Royal Automobile Club in London yesterday.
The Range Rover was named as best tow car in both the over 1800kg and the over £51,000 class with the judges saying: “This vehicle was described as feeling more like a sports car than a two-tonne 4×4. With clever innovation blended seamlessly with years of 4WD development, experience and engineering, the Range Rover was described as “simply perfect for towing”; large luggage space and plenty of carrying capacity makes this an amazingly capable towcar.”
The the Jaguar XF was named winner in the £31,000 – £41,0000 class and XF Sportbrake took top honours in the £41,000 – £51,000 class. The judges described the Jaguar XF as: “a car with sporty performance and frugal consumption – a great towcar. “Superb”, “brilliant”, “effortless” and “beautifully poised” were just some of the ways judges described this vehicle. Who wouldn’t want to caravan with a Jaguar, especially one that provides such an effortless performance?”
Testing for The Caravan Club Towcar of the Year awards was carried out at Millbrook Proving Ground, each vehicle being assessed to determine its towing ability, dynamics when hitched, acceleration, braking and ability to cope with demanding hill starts.
The All New Range Rover which was launched to critical acclaim in 2012, has recently received enhanced technology upgrades and increased powertrain options for 2013. The existing choice of diesel and petrol powertrains is carried over with the additional availability of the powerful 4.4-litre SDV8 diesel in the Range Rover Sport, and the introduction of V6-powered, 340hp hybrid models (with CO2 ratings of just 169g/km).
The newly available customer-focused driver assistance technologies include: Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane Departure Warning and Perpendicular Park, while the new Land Rover InControlTM will deliver a host of connectivity features, keeping drivers and passengers in touch with their world.
The XF Sportbrake combines the luxury, performance and quality of the XF saloon with an extra dimension of versatility. The larger load area can be extended to a maximum 1,675 litres using a simple one-touch folding mechanism for the rear seats, and customers can build on the XF Sportbrake’s fundamental adaptability with a wide choice of accessories that are designed and engineered for sports and leisure. The optional towing system allows for braked trailers of up to 1,850kg.