The Land Rover Discovery Sport won the 1700-1899kg weight category last year.

It has dropped down the pecking order in 2017, but that’s more a reflection on the high standards set in this class than any shortcomings.

As we found last year, the Discovery Sport is a very stable tow car. It’s not quite as unshakeable as the Jaguar F-Pace, but our drivers found they had to be the wrong side of the legal limit before they could feel the caravan moving slightly, even in a crosswind.

When slowing from high speeds the caravan’s Al-Ko ATC sensors picked up a very slight sway, but nothing alarming.

The Discovery Sport towed from 30-60mph in 14.6 seconds. That’s a reasonable pace, but the rate of acceleration is modest compared with the Jag or the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

However, the engine is comfortably strong enough to pull car and caravan up a 1-in-6 gradient, and the Land Rover easily reversed a short distance up the far side of the slope.

Inside, the Discovery Sport may not be as well finished and the Mercedes-Benz GLC, but it is a very roomy car, with lots of space in the second row and a useful third row of seats.

With the rearmost seats folded into the floor, our practicality testers found room for all but one item from our test load of holiday luggage.

Choose HSE Dynamic Lux spec and you enjoy plenty of creature comforts – as you should do when spending over £46,000. It’s worth noting that mechanically similar models with fewer toys are priced from £34,670.

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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