Last year’s class winner, the F-Pace remains a sensational tow car. It drops down the pecking order slightly this year largely because the BMW 5 Series Touring and BMW X3 are better value.

Judged purely on its towing prowess, though, the F-Pace is as good as it gets.

The 3.0-litre engine sounds great and goes as well as it sounds, pulling car and caravan from 30-60mph in just 7.7 seconds. Steep hills don’t slow progress, and overtakes can be made quickly and decisively.

It’s tremendously stable, too. In the lane-change test it bullied the caravan into following obediently at all speeds, and kept the tourer firmly in its place at motorway speeds.

Only when slowing down from the legal limit could the Al-Ko ATC sensors pick up a little side-to-side movement.

The F-Pace is every bit as impressive without a caravan in tow, with poise and agility that belies its size. However, there’s more road noise than you’d hear in the Audi Q5 or BMW X3.

Our practicality team found room for most of their holiday luggage, and there’s a full suite of towing aids including trailer stability control, self-levelling suspension and a reversing camera with a good view of the towball.

A great car, then, but there’s no getting away from the high price. And the likes of the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 are better finished inside, and should prove cheaper to fuel than the Jaguar.

2018
Category Winners
2018 Up to 1400kg

Skoda Octavia

2.0 TDI 150PS SE L DSG

2018 1400-1549kg

Skoda Superb

2.0 TDI 150PS SE L Executive

2018 1550-1699kg

Peugeot 5008

2.0 BlueHDi EAT8 S&S GT

2018 1700-1899kg

BMW 520d

Touring xDrive M Sport

2018 1900kg+

Land Rover Discovery

3.0 Td6 HSE

2018 Best Family SUV

Volvo XC40

Volvo XC40 D4 AWD R-Design Pro

2018 Best Petrol Tow Car

Kia Stinger

2.0 T-GDi GT-Line

2018 Best Ultralight Tow Car

Volkswagen Polo

1.0 TSI 115PS SEL DSG

2018 Fuel Economy Award

Hyundai i30 Tourer

1.6 CRDi 110PS Premium

Previous Winners
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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