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.

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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