If you prefer estate cars to SUVs, the Audi A6 Allroad is an excellent tow car. What’s more, with its Quattro four-wheel-drive system and air suspension to raise or lower the ride height as required, the Allroad can do a passable SUV impression.

At motorway speeds, the Allroad is stable and firmly in control. If pushed a little quicker in windy conditions the caravan moved around more than when towing with the Land Rover Discovery or Range Rover Sport, but only slightly. In the lane-change test, however, the Audi definitely gives way to the two British 4x4s, with more movement from the back of the car.

Against the stopwatch, though, the Audi has the British pair well beaten. Accelerating from 30-60mph took just 6.8 seconds. What’s more, the engine sounds fantastic when it’s put to work.

The car is just as happy to cruise along sensibly, delivering a smooth ride with or without a caravan.

The Allroad is practical as well as entertaining to drive. We found space for all our holiday luggage in the boot, and noted that the car comes with a Trailer Stability Programme and a collapsible spare wheel, which Audi assures us can be used when towing.

However, the price is high and the list of standard equipment is surprisingly sparse for such an expensive car.

2019
Category Winners
2019 Up to 1400kg

Škoda Octavia

Hatch 1.5 TSI 150PS SE L DSG

2019 1400-1549kg

Seat Ateca

2.0 TSI 190PS FR DSG

2019 1700-1899kg

BMW 520d

Touring xDrive M Sport

2019 1900kg+

Land Rover Discovery

3.0 SDV6 HSE

2019 Best Budget 4x4

Dacia Duster

1.5 dCi Ambiance 4x4

2019 Best Plug-In Hybrid

Land Rover Range Rover Sport

P400e HSE Dynamic

2019 Best Ultralight Tow Car

Seat Arona

1.0 TSI 115 FR

2019 Fuel Economy Award

Ford Focus Estate

1.5 EcoBlue 120PS Titanium X

Previous Winners
2018
1700-1899kg

BMW 520d

Touring xDrive M Sport

2017
1900kg+

Land Rover Discovery

3.0 Td6 HSE*

2016
1400-1549kg

Skoda Superb Hatch

2.0 TDI 150PS SE Business

2015
1400-1549kg

Volkswagen Passat Estate

2.0 TDI BMT 150PS SE Business DSG

2014
1400-1549kg

Nissan Qashqai

1.6 dCi (130PS) Stop/Start System Acenta Premium

2013
Up to 1424kg

Skoda Octavia

2.0 TDI CR 150PS Elegance

2012
1725–1899kg

Jaguar XF

2.2D Premium Luxury

2011
1425-1574kg

Volkswagen Passat Estate

2.0 TDI 170 Bluemotion Sport

2010
1900kg+

Land Rover Discovery 4

3.0 TDV6 XS

2009
1900kg+

Volvo XC60

D5 SE Geartronic

2008
1575-1724kg

Ford Mondeo Estate

2.0 TDCi Titanium auto

2007
1575-1724kg

Volkswagen Passat Estate

2.0 TDI Sport 4Motion

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