We’ll admit the Stinger doesn’t look like a typical tow car. But the Kia proves that you don’t need a practical estate or a tough SUV to go caravanning.

The 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine is lively and willing, strong enough for car and caravan to zip from 30-60mph in just 8.9 seconds.

Once up to motorway speeds the Stinger feels secure and stable.

However, we did notice some side-to-side movement when slowing down from 60mph, which was more pronounced when slowing from 70mph.

In the lane-change, the Stinger didn’t boss the caravan with the same authority as the best cars in this weight division, but nonetheless it completed the test at all three speeds.

The hill-start test was no great challenge for the Stinger. The electronic parking brake held the outfit still on the 1-in-6 slope, and the eight-speed automatic gearbox and powerful petrol engine combined for a smooth getaway.

Inside, there’s more space than you’d expect of a coupé-style four-door. There’s lots of room to get comfortable up front, and although there isn’t enough space to really stretch out in the back, adults should be happy enough on short trips.

Boot space is the real eye-opener, with room to squeeze in more bags than we found in some SUVs.

However, the Stinger is short of towing-friendly features like trailer stability control.

Overall, the Kia is one of the surprise packages of this year’s tests and a worthy winner of the ‘Best Petrol Tow Car’ award.

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 1550-1699kg

Volkswagen Arteon

2.0 TDI 150PS Elegance 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

BMW 520d

Touring xDrive M Sport


Land Rover Discovery

3.0 Td6 HSE*


Skoda Superb Hatch

2.0 TDI 150PS SE Business


Volkswagen Passat Estate

2.0 TDI BMT 150PS SE Business DSG


Nissan Qashqai

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

Up to 1424kg

Skoda Octavia

2.0 TDI CR 150PS Elegance


Jaguar XF

2.2D Premium Luxury


Volkswagen Passat Estate

2.0 TDI 170 Bluemotion Sport


Land Rover Discovery 4

3.0 TDV6 XS


Volvo XC60

D5 SE Geartronic


Ford Mondeo Estate

2.0 TDCi Titanium auto


Volkswagen Passat Estate

2.0 TDI Sport 4Motion

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