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?

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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