For a few hundred pounds more than the class-winning Skoda, you can have the Seat Exeo ST. The extra cash buys a sportier design and some extra equipment, but our judges didn’t feel the Seat matched the Skoda as a tow car.

Despite its firm suspension, the Exeo was shoved around by the caravan through the lane-change test. The push-me-pull-you routine started even on the first run through the cones at 30mph, although to be fair the driver never felt the van was about to take charge entirely.

Aside from that, most judges were happy with the Seat’s high-speed stability, although its numb steering didn’t inspire confidence. The suspension made for a stiff ride and bumps were heard as well as felt.

Reversing up a gentle gradient proved simple enough, but on our 1-in-6 test hill the handbrake needed a very firm tug before it would stop the outfit. The powerful 2.0-litre diesel engine had no trouble pulling to the top of the test hill.

However, if you take all your worldly goods with you when touring, you’ll find the Exeo ST isn’t the roomiest estate. Our practicality judge couldn’t find space for a full load of holiday clobber.

Rear-seat space also disappoints, with limited legroom in particular.
As a hard-working family estate car, it’s comprehensively beaten by the Skoda.

However, if you can live without the extra space, the Seat still makes an appealing alternative.

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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