The Land Rover Discovery’s tally now stands at eight class wins in the nine years of the Tow Car Awards. New rivals keep taking a shot at the title, but for now the Discovery remains on top.

It’s an absolutely superb car to tow with. The massive kerbweight helps – even a big twin-axle tourer is a favourable match when a car tips the scales at over 2.5 tonnes, but the thoroughly sorted suspension also deserves credit for making the Land Rover such a relaxed and easy companion when towing at the legal limit and beyond.

Straight-line stability is excellent. You’ll need to be going well beyond the legal limit or driving in a strong crosswind before you need to make any steering corrections.

In most cars the lane-change test feels pretty dramatic. The judge’s notes from tackling this violent manoeuvre in the Discovery describe it as “so easy”.

The engine and brakes are also top-notch. Plant your right foot and 30-60mph disappears in 11.1 seconds. Move your foot across to the other pedal and the 30-0mph stop takes just 10.4 metres. So whether you want to overtake slower traffic or avoid an accident, the Land Rover Discovery obliges.

The 1-in-6 test hill isn’t much of a test at all for the Discovery. Some of our drivers tried the same test on a 1-in-4 slope, and the result was the same.

As an everyday car, the Discovery is still a class act. Some rivals feel a bit lighter on their feet, but for such a big, heavy car the Land Rover can be hustled along at a decent pace. And if you’d rather back off and just cruise along in quiet and comfort, the Discovery will be in its element.

Of all the cars tested this year, the Land Rover picked up the highest score from our practicality judges. Just about every gadget, gizmo and towing aid you can conceive of is fitted and the boot easily takes a full load of holiday luggage (with five seats upright). The seven-seat cabin is exceptionally spacious and versatile.

It may not be a cheap car to buy or run, but strong resale values help offset that. In the final reckoning, we think the Land Rover Discovery is worth its premium price tag.

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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