If there were a prize for the strangest towing gear, the Nissan Juke would win by a mile. The towbar mounts several inches to the right of centre, but fits at an angle so that the ball lines up with the centre of the car.

The odd towbar isn’t the reason the Juke finishes third in its class. In the lane-change test the caravan was tugging at the back of the car on high-speed runs. With just 177lb ft to call upon, the Juke laboured from 30-60mph in 23.1 seconds. On damp Tarmac it proved easy to spin the front wheels, and the hill start needed a careful balance of clutch and throttle to reach the top.

Style takes precendence over practicality, so don’t expect a lot of space in the back or the boot.

It’s not all bad news, though. The Nissan Juke may have been unsettled in the lane-change test, but on MIRA’s mile-long straights it tracked true with little input from the driver. It’s also a fun car to drive, and our practicality testers were impressed by the standard-fit reversing camera – great for hitching up on your own.

2018
Category Winners
2018 Up to 1400kg

Skoda Octavia

2.0 TDI 150PS SE L DSG

2018 1400-1549kg

Skoda Superb

2.0 TDI 150PS SE L Executive

2018 1550-1699kg

Peugeot 5008

2.0 BlueHDi EAT8 S&S GT

2018 1700-1899kg

BMW 520d

Touring xDrive M Sport

2018 1900kg+

Land Rover Discovery

3.0 Td6 HSE

2018 Best Family SUV

Volvo XC40

Volvo XC40 D4 AWD R-Design Pro

2018 Best Petrol Tow Car

Kia Stinger

2.0 T-GDi GT-Line

2018 Best Ultralight Tow Car

Volkswagen Polo

1.0 TSI 115PS SEL DSG

2018 Fuel Economy Award

Hyundai i30 Tourer

1.6 CRDi 110PS Premium

Previous Winners
2017
1900kg+

Land Rover Discovery

3.0 Td6 HSE*

2016
1400-1549kg

Skoda Superb Hatch

2.0 TDI 150PS SE Business

2015
1400-1549kg

Volkswagen Passat Estate

2.0 TDI BMT 150PS SE Business DSG

2014
1400-1549kg

Nissan Qashqai

1.6 dCi (130PS) Stop/Start System Acenta Premium

2013
Up to 1424kg

Skoda Octavia

2.0 TDI CR 150PS Elegance

2012
1725–1899kg

Jaguar XF

2.2D Premium Luxury

2011
1425-1574kg

Volkswagen Passat Estate

2.0 TDI 170 Bluemotion Sport

2010
1900kg+

Land Rover Discovery 4

3.0 TDV6 XS

2009
1900kg+

Volvo XC60

D5 SE Geartronic

2008
1575-1724kg

Ford Mondeo Estate

2.0 TDCi Titanium auto

2007
1575-1724kg

Volkswagen Passat Estate

2.0 TDI Sport 4Motion

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