Kodiaq is King… crowned Towcar of the Year 2018

22/09/2017

Winner of TCOTY 2018 ŠKODA Kodiaq SE L 2.0 TDI 4x4 DSG 190PS

ŠKODA’s Kodiaq SE L 2.0 TDI 4x4 DSG lifted this year’s overall trophy, and also scooped class and category wins in the Caravan and Motorhome Club Towcar of the Year 2018 Competition.  This is the 35th year of the industry’s premier tow car competition.

Explore the winners and manufacturers entered into the Caravan and Motorhome Club Towcar of the Year 2018.

The competition’s 44 entrants were split into seven price classes, two weight categories and a newly-introduced Pick-up category, with winning vehicles coming from ŠKODA, SsangYong, Vauxhall, Volkswagen and Volvo.

However, it was ŠKODA’s Kodiaq SE L 2.0 TDI 4x4 DSG that took the overall victory. One of the judges commented, “ŠKODA has once again built a fantastic, no nonsense, utterly awesome tow car.”

Each tow car was thoroughly tested – being judged not only on its towing performance over the testing circuit at the Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire, but also for ‘caravanability’ i.e. how well does it cater for caravanners’ needs?  For example how much typical holiday gear and caravan essentials it can accommodate, how easily it can be hitched up to a caravan and the quality of towing information available in its handbook.  Also added to the marking equation was the tow car’s value for money.

Seven driving judges evaluated each car for its dynamic abilities and ergonomic qualities – the test route included tight and twisty ‘country lanes’, 17% hill stops and starts, as well as circuits of a high-speed bowl.  The vehicles were also put through reversing examinations. The four days of arduous and rigorous evaluation highlighted that every vehicle could be considered a respectable tow car, so long as it was properly matched to its caravan.

Price class awards in the competition went to: SsangYong Korando SE 4x4 MY17; Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport SRi NAV 1.6 136PS Turbo D ecoTEC; ŠKODA Octavia Estate Scout 2.0 TDI 150PS 4x4; Volkswagen Golf Estate Alltrack 2.0TDI 4MOTION 184PS DSG; ŠKODA Kodiaq SE L 2.0 TDI 4x4 DSG 190PS; Volvo XC60 D4 Inscription and Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine Momentum.

All-wheel drive vehicles competed in two additional weight categories: ‘Under 1800kg’ and ‘Over 1800kg’. Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine Momentum took the ‘Over 1800kg’ prize, while the ŠKODA Kodiaq SE L 2.0 TDI 4x4 DSG 190PS took first place in the ‘Under 1800kg’ category.

The newly-introduced Pick-up category was won by the rugged and muscular Volkswagen Amarok Highline 3.0 V6 TDI 4MOTION 224PS.

The results of the competition were announced at the Caravan and Motorhome Club Towcar of the Year Awards ceremony, held at the Royal Automobile Club in London on 22 September.  The awards were presented by journalist and TV presenter, Matt Allwright, who also spent time at Millbrook to see how the judging process was carried out.

Grenville Chamberlain, Caravan and Motorhome Club Chairman, said: “As Europe’s premier touring Club, it always gives a sense of pride to see this leading competition be so well supported by the car manufacturing industry.  The 44 entrants gave the judges a challenging time in selecting the winners – the winning manufacturers should take great satisfaction from their achievements.  This competition is designed to provide the most up-to-date and relevant information for the Caravan and Motorhome Club’s one million members to ensure we ease their purchasing process so they can make their decision in the knowledge they have all the information they require to buy their perfect tow car; and enjoy inspiring and adventurous holidays.”

Matt Allwright, TV presenter, journalist and guest presenter commented, “It was great to be at Millbrook Proving Ground to see the cars put through their paces. No stone was left unturned by the Caravan and Motorhome Club’s expert testers. Whoever comes away with the big prizes today can know they've really earned their spurs.”

Simon Howard, Marketing Director of Bailey of Bristol, who provides the caravans for testing, commented, “It is incredible to see how arduous and thorough the testing is for this important competition, and we are really proud to have been invited to supply caravans for 20 years running.”

For more information about the Caravan and Motorhome Club’s Towcar of the Year competition please visit www.caravanclub.co.uk/towcar/ and see the video at https://youtu.be/9hLwsxXninw

For further information and details about the Caravan and Motorhome Club visit www.camc.com

 

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Notes to editor

Champions of the great outdoors, the Caravan and Motorhome Club represents the interests of over one million caravan, motorhome and trailer tent owners across the UK. Founded in 1907, the Caravan and Motorhome Club has 110 years’ experience and prides itself on offering great value and high quality sites for caravanners and motorhomers.

For further information about becoming a member of the Caravan and Motorhome Club please visit www.camc.com or call 01342 318813.

Driving Judges: Deborah Black, Events Committee member; Lee Davey, specialist press journalist; Andrew Ditton, specialist press journalist and blogger; John Harris, Events Committee member; Tim Rayment, Sunday Times journalist; Mark Sutcliffe, specialist press journalist and John Sootheran, Warners Group Publications.

Caravanability Judges: Caroline and Keith Rogers – Caravan and Motorhome Club expert course instructors.

Thanks: The Caravan and Motorhome Club would like to thank Bailey of Bristol for supplying all the caravans used in the competition, and for providing staff on site throughout the event.  Simon Howard and Ali Kuleli ensured the caravans were correctly ballasted, that their noseweights were kept in trim and that they were in general good working order.  Stuart Mead from AL-KO ensured brakes were adjusted, wheels were kept tight and all undergear was properly fettled.

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More information about the entrants and winners

The Caravan and Motorhome Club Towcar of the Year 2018 Competition

When, Where and How…

Testing took place in August at the Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire – arguably the best car testing facility in the country.  This year, 44 cars were divided into seven price-range classifications, two categories for all-wheel drive vehicles (‘All-Wheel Drive [AWD] Under 1800kg’ and ‘AWD Over 1800kg’) and a Pick-up category.

Manufacturers were invited to submit for testing any vehicle that was capable of towing a trailer over 750kg and is on sale on 1 October 2017.

The cars entered were carefully scrutinised to ensure that they conformed to the exact specification declared on the entry documentation. Five expert drivers assessed each car’s towing characteristics including acceleration, braking and the ability to cope with demanding hill starts.  A further two driving judges performed mid-range 30-60mph and 40-60mph acceleration tests on each vehicle. Another team of two ‘caravanability’ judges evaluated each entrant’s usability in terms of everyday caravanning: would it carry a set of awning poles, for instance, and do you have to get on your hands and knees to connect the caravan electrics? 

Caravans used during testing were supplied by Bailey of Bristol, and loaded to 85% of the relevant car’s kerbweight or the car’s towing limit if that figure was lower.  Noseweights were set at 7% of the caravan’s actual laden weight, or the car or tow hitch’s maximum limit, whichever was lowest.

 

More about the winning vehicles...

Vehicles priced under £24,000.  Class winner SsangYong Korando SE 4x4 MY17

One judge was taken aback by the SsangYong’s ‘awesome’ stability at high speeds, while another commented on its ability to make precise high-speed lane changes. 

Vehicles priced £24,000–£26,000.  Class winner Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport SRi NAV 1.6 136PS Turbo D ecoTEC

A super-sensible choice for the company car driver who tows at weekends.  Switch to ‘Sport’ mode while towing and you benefit from impressive acceleration and very good stability.

Vehicles priced £26,000–£30,000.  Class winner ŠKODA Octavia Estate Scout 2.0 TDI 150PS 4x4

The two-litre turbodiesel engine delivered power and acceleration seamlessly all the way.  Traction, handling, driver comfort and ergonomics and the ‘confidence-inspiring’ brakes all received high marks.

Vehicles priced £30,000–£33,000.  Class winner Volkswagen Golf Estate Alltrack 2.0TDI 4MOTION 184 DSG

Confidence-inspiring handling, sure-footedness and a seemingly endless reserve of power bursting through the DSG gearbox make for a satisfying ride, even with a caravan on the back.

Vehicles priced £33,000–£38,000.  Class winner ŠKODA Kodiaq SE L 2.0 TDI 4x4 DSG 190PS; also voted category winner of All-Wheel Drive Under 1800kg; also voted the Caravan and Motorhome Club Towcar of the Year 2018

A fantastic, no-nonsense, utterly awesome tow car.  The Kodiaq put in one of the best performances of the competition.  Relaxing, stable, dependable, comfortable touring at its best.

Vehicles priced £38,000–£50,000.  Class winner Volvo XC60 D4 Inscription

Throughout testing the Volvo remained composed and predictable, maintaining effortless cruising. Power delivery through the full-time 4WD and eight-speed gearbox united the judges in their praise.

Vehicles priced over £50,000.  Class winner Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine Momentum; also voted category winner of All-Wheel Drive Over 1800kg

Thanks to an electric motor and battery, in addition to a two-litre petrol engine, this sophisticated and agile tow car received high praise from the judges.  This vehicle really stood out in its class.

Pick-up Category.  Winner Volkswagen Amarok Highline 3.0 V6 TDI 4MOTION 224PS

A rugged, muscular vehicle that is anything but rough and ready.  The Volkswagen surprised all the judges at just how well it dealt with the hill route.  Stability was excellent and its load capacity is to be envied.

 

List of Entrants

Under £24,000

Citroën C4 Picasso Feel PureTech 130

Hyundai i30 SE NAV 1.0 T-GDi 6 speed manual

SsangYong Korando SE 4x4 MY17

 

£24,000 - £26,000

Hyundai i30 Premium SE Tourer 1.4 T-GDi 6 speed manual

Peugeot 3008 SUV Allure PureTech 130

SsangYong Musso EX Auto

Subaru XV 2.0i SE Lineartronic

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross 1.4-litre 4 x 4 Auto

Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport SRi NAV 1.6 136PS Turbo D ecoTEC

 

£26,000 - £30,000

Honda Civic 1.5 VTEC Turbo Prestige manual

Mazda6 2.2D 175PS Sport Nav Tourer & Safety Pack

Peugeot 3008 SUV GT Line BlueHdi 150

ŠKODA Octavia Estate Scout 2.0 TDI 150PS 4x4

Volkswagen Golf GT 2.0TDI 150PS DSG

 

£30,000 - £33,000

Citroën Grand C4 Picasso Flair BlueHdi 120 Auto

Nissan Qashqai dCi 130 Tekna+ 2WD Manual

Subaru Forester 2.0D XC Premium

Volkswagen Golf Estate Alltrack 2.0TDI 4MOTION 184PS DSG

Volvo V40 D4 Cross Country Nav Plus

 

£33,000 - £38,000

Mazda CX-5 2.2D 175PS AWD Sport Nav Auto & Safety Pack

Mitsubishi L200 Warrior Auto

Mitsubishi Outlander 4 Auto

Nissan Navara dCi 190 Tekna Double Cab 4WD manual

Nissan X-Trail dCi 177 Tekna 4WD manual

Renault All-New Koleos Signature DCI17 5 4x4 X-Tronic

SEAT Ateca 2.0 TDI 190 PS Xcellence 4 Drive DSG

ŠKODA Kodiaq SE L 2.0 TDI 4x4 DSG 190PS

Subaru Outback 2.0D SE Premium Lineartronic EyeSight

Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0TSI 4MOTION 180PS DSG

Volkswagen Passat Estate Alltrack 2.0TDI SCR 4MOTION 150PS

 

 

£38,000 - £50,000

BMW 335 xDrive M Sport Touring

Hyundai Santa Fe Premium SE 2.2 CRDi 200PS Blue Drive

Jaguar XF Portfolio

Land Rover Discovery Sport 17MY (Auto)

Mercedes-Benz E 220d SE Estate

Mercedes-Benz GLC 250d 4MATIC Sport

Volkswagen Amarok Highline 3.0 V6 TDI 4MOTION 224PS Automatic

Volvo XC60 D4 Inscription

 

Over £50,000

BMW X5 xDrive30d M Sport

Jaguar F-Pace 3.0 V6 300PS Auto

Land Rover Discovery HSE Luxury

Mercedes-Benz GLE 350d 4MATIC AMG Line

Mercedes-Benz GLS 350d Designo Line 4MATIC

Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine Momentum

 

All-Wheel Drive Under 1800kg

BMW 335 xDrive M Sport Touring

Jaguar XF Portfolio

Mazda CX-5 2.2D 175PS AWD Sport Nav Auto & Safety Pack

Mitsubishi Outlander 4 Auto

Nissan X-Trail dCi 177 Tekna 4WD manual

Renault All-New Koleos Signature DCI17 5 4x4 X-Tronic

SEAT Ateca 2.0 TDI 190 PS Xcellence 4 Drive DSG

ŠKODA Kodiaq SE L 2.0 TDI 4x4 DSG 190PS

ŠKODA Octavia Estate Scout 2.0 TDI 150PS 4x4

Subaru Forester 2.0D XC Premium

Subaru Outback 2.0D SE Premium Lineartronic EyeSight

Subaru XV 2.0i SE Lineartronic

Suzuki SX4 S-Cross 1.4-litre 4 x 4 Auto

Volkswagen Golf Estate Alltrack 2.0TDI 4MOTION 184PS DSG

Volkswagen Passat Estate Alltrack 2.0TDI SCR 4MOTION 150PS

 

All-Wheel Drive Over 1800kg

BMW X5 xDrive30d M Sport

Hyundai Santa Fe Premium SE 2.2 CRDi 200PS Blue Drive

Jaguar F-Pace 3.0 V6 300PS Auto

Land Rover Discovery HSE Luxury

Land Rover Discovery Sport 17MY (Auto)

Mercedes-Benz GLC 250d 4MATIC Sport

Mercedes-Benz GLE 350d 4MATIC AMG Line

Mercedes-Benz GLS 350d Designo Line 4MATIC

Mitsubishi L200 Warrior Auto

Nissan Navara dCi 190 Tekna Double Cab 4WD manual

SsangYong Korando SE 4x4 MY17

SsangYong Musso EX Auto

Volkswagen Amarok Highline 3.0 V6 TDI 4MOTION 224PS Automatic

Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0TSI 4MOTION 180PS DSG

Volvo XC60 D4 Inscription

Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine Momentum

 

Pick-up

Mitsubishi L200 Warrior Auto

Nissan Navara dCi 190 Tekna Double Cab 4WD manual

SsangYong Musso EX Auto

Volkswagen Amarok Highline 3.0 V6 TDI 4MOTION 224PS Automatic

 

The Caravan and Motorhome Club Towcar of the Year 2018

The Winners

Under £24,000

SsangYong Korando SE 4x4 MY17

£24,000 – £26,000

Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport SRi NAV 1.6 136PS Turbo D ecoTEC

£26,000 – £30,000

ŠKODA Octavia Estate Scout 2.0 TDI 150PS 4x4

£30,000 – £33,000

Volkswagen Golf Estate Alltrack 2.0TDI 4MOTION 184PS DSG

£33,000 – £38,000

ŠKODA Kodiaq SE L 2.0 TDI 4x4 DSG 190PS

£38,000 – £50,000

Volvo XC60 D4 Inscription

Over £50,000

Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine Momentum

All-Wheel Drive under 1800kg

ŠKODA Kodiaq SE L 2.0 TDI 4x4 DSG 190PS

All-Wheel Drive over 1800kg

Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine Momentum

Pick-up

Volkswagen Amarok Highline 3.0 V6 TDI 4MOTION 224PS

Overall Winner

ŠKODA Kodiaq SE L 2.0 TDI 4x4 DSG 190PS