This makes it two years in a row for the Skoda Superb, backing up last year’s class and overall win with another victory in the ‘1400-1549kg’ class.

Its biggest challenge this year wasn’t from another car, but from the weather. Stronger winds than we experienced in 2016 made the testing more difficult for all cars, and we could feel some movement from the caravan when towing above the UK motorway limit.

Gusting winds also made the lane-change test tougher. But driving sensibly at legal speeds, the Superb showed its quality with excellent stability, and the Skoda recovered very quickly from any short, sharp steering input.

If you need to stop in a hurry, the Superb comes to a stop quickly and without drama. Slowing from 30mph with a caravan in tow took 10.6m. It’s not just the short distance that impresses, but the car’s stability while slowing and the lack of bumping and barging from the caravan.

There’s pace when you need it, too. With 251lb ft of torque, the trusty 2.0-litre engine has plenty of pulling power to handle a caravan loaded to 85% of the car’s kerbweight. Accelerating from 30-60mph, as you might when joining the motorway, took 12.1 seconds.

The Superb is just as impressive when you leave the caravan behind. It handles tidily with plenty of grip and an assured approach to bends.

The ride is comfortable, too, shrugging off lumps and bumps at low speed and settling down to a relaxed gait on the motorway.

Cabin space is outstanding. Rear legroom puts many large executive cars to shame, and the quality of the interior is a world away from Skoda’s past as a budget brand.

The boot is huge, too, with a greater capacity than many estate cars’. That’s just one reason why the Superb impressed our practicality test team, along with the availability of a full-sized spare wheel.

We really think £26,550 is a very keen price for a car as roomy and capable as this, and that should drop by around £2000 if you haggle.

Fuel bills should be low, too – after testing the Superb’s towing economy against five other shortlisted cars, it’s the winner of this year’s ‘Fuel Economy’ award as well as taking the class victory.

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

ContinueWe use cookies to give you the best browsing experience and to provide you with relevant content and advertising.
By continuing to use our website you are accepting our use of cookies as described in our Cookie Policy.