Last year’s overall champion easily retains its class crown. It’s going to take a really exceptional car to beat it.
First and foremost, the Land Rover Discovery is a tremendous car for towing. It takes just 12 seconds to pull a big twin-axle from 30-60mph. If anything, it feels quicker than the raw numbers suggest. There’s rarely any need to put your foot to the floor, such are the reserves the 3.0 SDV6 engine has to call upon.
An outfit with a total weight the wrong side of four tonnes takes some stopping, but the Discovery’s brakes get the job done in just 10.6 metres. In spite of being so powerful, they’re also easy to apply smoothly.
Its high-speed stability is the equal of any car here. Line up the outfit on a straight road and you could almost drive it blindfolded. In the lane-change test the Discovery does lean a little, and on fast runs the caravan could be felt pulling at the back of the car. It never seemed as if the Land Rover was about to get out of shape, though.
The 1-in-6 test hill might as well have been a speed bump for all the challenge it posed. The electronic parking brake stopped car and van from rolling backwards, then the mighty engine and smooth-shifting auto did the rest.
Reversing up the hill? Just as easy as going forwards.
The cabin is vast, with ample space for seven. There’s also a big boot, a Trailer Stability System and self-levelling suspension. What more could you possibly want?