Still our favourite heavyweight, the Discovery has won this award for 12 years out of the 13 since the Tow Car Awards were established.

This year’s victory was far from a foregone conclusion, though. In 2019, the Discovery has faced some of its toughest challengers ever.

In extreme manoeuvres, such as our lane-change test, the likes of the BMW X5 and Volkswagen Touareg match or beat the big Land Rover.

But to tow long distances, in all weathers, and end your journey feeling relaxed, this is still the pick of the bunch.

It might roll a little if you change direction in a hurry, but in normal towing, that softer set-up means the Discovery glides over broken Tarmac.

Comfort doesn’t come at the expense of control, as it feels tied down over dips and crests. At motorway speeds, the Discovery is serene, the caravan following obediently with little more than the odd twitch when the wind picks up.

Overtaking is achieved both confidently and quickly, as the rapid 9.2-second 30-60mph time shows. The engine is also refined as well as strong, pulling hard without disturbing the peace in the cabin.

Passengers will end each journey as relaxed as the driver. There’s lots of space in all three rows, and the Discovery is noticeably better at seating seven than its rivals.

Cabin flexibility is second to none, with seats that slide, recline and fold down.

With the rearmost seats stowed, the boot is absolutely huge. Our practicality test team easily found space for all their holiday clobber.

They were also pleased to note the full-size spare wheel as standard (it can be swapped for a slim spare at no cost).

Trailer stability control, a rear-view camera and self-levelling rear suspension push up the Land Rover’s practicality score.

The Land Rover is premium-priced, even next to upmarket opposition. But strong resale values help to keep whole-life costs sensible.

If you have the means, you can’t buy better.

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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