The new Subaru Legacy Tourer offers more space than its predecessor. Rear-seat space in particular is now far better, so adults should be comfortable on long trips. All but one small item of holiday luggage could be squeezed in the boot, which holds 526 litres with the rear seats up and 1677 with them lowered.

Look under the boot floor, though, and you won’t find a spare wheel. There’s a repair kit instead, and Subaru doesn’t recommend towing with a repaired tyre, although to be fair, a spare wheel is available as an option.

Most judges enjoyed towing with the Legacy. Stability at high speeds was excellent, and the Al-Ko ATC system showed very little movement from the caravan when slowing from 70mph. Through the lane-change test the back of the car moved around only slightly.

The hill-start tests were tackled with ease, and the four-wheel-drive transmission would have come into its own in wet weather. However, the stiff, notchy gearbox did the car no favours, and the 30-60mph time of 17.4 seconds lagged behind many rivals. The firm ride wasn’t to everyone’s taste, either.

That price tag doesn’t help its cause. The Skoda is a better estate car, has the edge for towing and costs much less to buy and run.

2019
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
2018
1700-1899kg

BMW 520d

Touring xDrive M Sport

2017
1900kg+

Land Rover Discovery

3.0 Td6 HSE*

2016
1400-1549kg

Skoda Superb Hatch

2.0 TDI 150PS SE Business

2015
1400-1549kg

Volkswagen Passat Estate

2.0 TDI BMT 150PS SE Business DSG

2014
1400-1549kg

Nissan Qashqai

1.6 dCi (130PS) Stop/Start System Acenta Premium

2013
Up to 1424kg

Skoda Octavia

2.0 TDI CR 150PS Elegance

2012
1725–1899kg

Jaguar XF

2.2D Premium Luxury

2011
1425-1574kg

Volkswagen Passat Estate

2.0 TDI 170 Bluemotion Sport

2010
1900kg+

Land Rover Discovery 4

3.0 TDV6 XS

2009
1900kg+

Volvo XC60

D5 SE Geartronic

2008
1575-1724kg

Ford Mondeo Estate

2.0 TDCi Titanium auto

2007
1575-1724kg

Volkswagen Passat Estate

2.0 TDI Sport 4Motion

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