Last year’s class winner is still one of our favourite mid-sized tow cars. The Superb gives you the benefits of four-wheel drive but asks few compromises in return.

At 44.1mpg fuel economy is just over 4mpg worse than the two-wheel-drive version, and much better than most four-wheel-drive SUVs. Cornering is stable whether towing or not, with none of the lean and wallow of some off-roaders.

Pushed really hard through the cones for the lane-change test, the Superb 4×4 matched the Superb Estate and BMW X1 and was never pulled off course by the caravan. Only when slowing from 70mph did the Al-Ko ATC system detect the tourer wandering slightly.

The Superb 4×4 needed 13.6 seconds to go from 30-60mph, which is a little longer than the lighter Superb Estate. From 30mph the outfit stopped in 11.6 metres, also trailing the estate slightly. In the hill-start test, the handbrake needed a firm pull before it would hold. However, car and caravan reached the top of the 1-in-6 test slope without fuss.

On paper this model doesn’t have the luggage space to match the Estate, but we still found enough room for all our holiday gear. We’d prefer to look under the boot and find a full-size spare rather than a repair kit, but Skoda confirms it can be used when towing if necessary, albeit it restricted to 50mph.

If we could, we’d take the cheaper and more economical estate, although if you head to grassy pitches in all weathers, this is still the car to beat.

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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