If you have a little over £20,000 to spend on a seven-seat tow car, you could do a lot worse than the Peugeot 5008 2.0 HDi 150 Sport.

On paper, the HDi engine is far from the most powerful in this class, but it was strong enough to reverse car and caravan up a shallow slope with no protest from the clutch.

On the 1-in-6 test hill the electronic parking brake held the 5008 steady with none of the uncertainty of some cars’ conventional handbrakes, and the flexible engine and sensibly chosen first gear made driving to the top of the hill simple.

Get stuck behind a tractor out in the sticks, and you shouldn’t be there for long. The 30-60mph time of 14.6 seconds is impressive for a car with just 150bhp. The engine remains smooth and quiet while getting up to speed.

Our performance tester was less happy with the 5008 through the lane-change test, where the back of the car soon got into an argument with the caravan about which direction to take. The car always won, though. The Al-Ko ATC system also detected some movement from the caravan when slowing down from 70mph.

With the rear two seats stowed away, the Peugeot coped with a full load of holiday luggage. Peugeot confirmed that the slim spare wheel is safe to tow with, although our practicality judge was disappointed to note that the towing limit drops if you load the car up to the Gross Vehicle Weight.

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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