If you are looking for a tow car with lots of space for people and luggage, a strong engine and very good stability, the Skoda Superb Estate fits the bill. It takes second place in this class, but only by a whisker.

At high speeds, it doesn’t quite have the cast-iron, am-I-really-towing stability of the Jaguar XF, but it’s not far off. Perhaps it took slightly longer than the Jag to pull the caravan straight after a sharp steering input, but we’re talking about fine differences between two excellent tow cars.

The lane-change test didn’t pose a problem, and the 190PS (187bhp) engine easily pulled car and caravan up to 70mph.

Other than a tendency to spin its wheels slightly in the damp, the Superb coped easily with the hill start. The electronic parking brake stopped car and caravan still, and released smoothly. With the DSG automatic there are only two pedals, so no need to juggle the clutch and throttle.

As you’d expect of a large estate car, our practicality testers were impressed with the Skoda’s luggage space, finding room to spare for a typical load of holiday bags and gear. Rear-seat space is remarkable, with limo-like levels of legroom.

It may have a list price of over £30,000, but that’s very reasonable for a car as spacious and well equipped as this one. Fuel bills should be low, too, with an official combined figure of 61.4mpg.

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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