The Caravan and Motorhome Club Towcar of the Year 2021 & The Caravan and Motorhome Club Caravan Design Awards Buyers Guide 2021

08/12/2020

The Caravan and Motorhome Club Towcar of the Year 2021

A Superb Victory for Skoda… ŠKODA Superb Estate SE L Executive 2.0 TDI 150PS DSG takes the 2021 Caravan and Motorhome Club Towcar of the Year crown.

The 38th edition of the Caravan and Motorhome Club Towcar of the Year 2021 went virtual!

Information about new vehicles on the market is really important to the Caravan and Motorhome Club’s one-million members, along with others who tow as part of their hobbies or work.

Manufacturers submitted 40 cars which were evaluated and assessed by an independent panel of expert and knowledgeable judges who carried out full technical specification and vehicle towing capability reviews.  “Caravanability” was carried out on each vehicle by evaluating boot load spaces (with the rear seats up and down), roof load limits, along with nose weight limits. The judges carefully researched the towing information presented in the vehicle handbooks and on manufacturers’ websites to check whether the vehicle is equipped with a full sized spare wheel as standard or if a space saver or puncture repair tin was provided instead.

Club members were also invited to share their thoughts and experiences about the vehicle entrants. 

The 40 entrants were put into caravan weight categories – rather than being listed by price – to make it easier for buyers to know which cars could tow their caravans. Cars were entered into classes using their 85% kerbweight figure or by their towing limit, whichever was the lower. The competition had seven weight classes, two Family Towcar categories as well as Pick-Up and Alternatively Fuelled categories.  

The entrants were then matched with caravans from Bailey of Bristol’s 2021 range with virtual loads, both in the car and the caravan, ensuring the vehicle’s other weight limits were not exceeded.  

Nick Lomas, Director General of the Caravan and Motorhome Club said, “Caravan holidays have never been more popular and it’s important to the Club to make sure we provide relevant information to our members - and all those interested in touring and towing - on the vehicles that are available to them.  The Club, with it’s 110+ years of experience, has worked with respected industry colleagues and journalists, all of whom are themselves caravanners, to bring together this invaluable set of data and information.  The Club also offers a free technical advice helpline and training courses for those interested in starting out with the pastime.”

For more information visit: camc.com/towcar and make sure you visit a local dealer and book a test drive!


More about the category winners (full list of entrants at end of the release): 

Caravan Weight Under 1100kg : Renault All-New Captur

Perfect for growing families (or grandparents) thanks to its class-leading total of three Isofix attachments and the added flexibility of a sliding rear seat. Its one litre engine has been married to a five speed manual gearbox, which should offer wider ratios and less gear-changing when towing on A roads. 

Caravan Weight 1100–1200kg : SEAT Leon Estate FR 1.5 TSI manual 150

A solid all-rounder. Estates are ideal for dog owners. Appealing design

Caravan Weight 1200–1300kg : ŠKODA Octavia Estate SE L First Edition 2.0 TDI 150PS DSG 

Outstanding MPG and all the practicality of an estate - an excellent choice.  Latest version of an old favourite. Hard to fault if you prefer a traditional estate over an SUV.

Overall Caravan and Motorhome Club Towcar of the Year 2021 & Caravan Weight 1300–1400kg: ŠKODA Superb Estate SE L Executive 2.0 TDI 150PS DSG 

A regular in the Towcar Top 3, and this year’s Superb appears to be no exception. You can’t go wrong with one of these. If you want a large estate, the Superb has to be on your shortlist.

Caravan Weight 1400–1500kg : Vauxhall Insignia SRi VX-Line Nav

A solid, no-nonsense performer that belies its sporty looks with outstanding caravanability qualities, such as its ability to take a 100kg load on the roof.  Powerful, punchy engine, and it comes with an established nationwide support network for reassuring peace of mind. 

Caravan Weight 1500–1700kg & Alternatively Fuelled : Volvo XC40 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid T5 FWD R-Design

Delicious kerbweight, delicious economy, and pulls like a train. Capable of towing a large caravan, but with hybrid tech to enhance economy, especially when not towing.

Caravan Weight Over 1700kg & Family Towcar : Volvo V60 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid T6 AWD R-Design

One of the best combinations of astonishing power delivery, practicality, and a fair price tag for what you’re getting.

Large Family Towcar : Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Caravelle 6.1 SE Long Wheelbase 2.0 TDI 199PS 7spd DSG 

Something of a leftfield choice perhaps, but a 'problem solver' of a car. If you need lots of space, versatility of seats vs payload carrying or hefty towing capability, there are plenty of choices around. If you need all three in a single car at the same time, the Caravelle should be on your shortlist.

Pick-Up : Nissan Navara dCi190 Double Cab N-Guard Automatic

The best of both worlds: Refined driving experience and cabin, yet rugged enough to handle all manner of caravanning paraphernalia in the load bed. Multi-link rear suspension equates to a winning combination of towing stability and passenger comfort. 

 

The Caravan and Motorhome Club Caravan Design Awards Buyers Guide 2021

The Caravan and Motorhome Club has compiled the Caravan Design Awards Buyers Guide 2021 which is packed full of information about the latest and most innovative caravans. An independent, expert and knowledgeable panel carried out full technical specification, design, use of space and usability reviews of 74 new-to-market caravans. Brought to you by the trusted experts, the Caravan and Motorhome Club has compiled this guide, based on the important considerations when buying a caravan, to help provide the information you’ll need to help with your next caravan purchase.  Make sure you visit your local caravan dealer and you’ll soon be heading off on your next adventure.

Nick Lomas, Director General of the Caravan and Motorhome Club said, “The Caravan and Motorhome Club is delighted to be able to present the 2021 Caravan Design Awards Buyers Guide. The expert panel were rallied from the far corners of the UK to sift through huge volumes of data from websites, brochures, handbooks and entry forms from the comfort of their home office.  Seventy-four new-season caravans were assessed on their bed sizes, kitchen equipment, layout, heating, security, payload and much more – trust me no stone was left unturned! This carefully considered guide will provide buyers with the particulars in making an informed decision when buying a new 2021 caravan, whether you are looking at a small, lightweight caravan to the larger 8-foot wide caravan or a 2-berth van for a couple to the larger family caravans. Be sure not to leave these choices off your buying shortlist.”

 

The Caravan and Motorhome Caravan Design Awards Buyers Guide 2021

Entry List and Star Rating

 

  1. Any Small Caravan (750kg - 1150kg MTPLM)

Bailey Phoenix+ 420 5.00 Stars

Bailey Discovery D4-2 4.50 Stars

Bailey Discovery D4-3 4.50 Stars

Swift Basecamp 2 4.50 Stars

Xplore 304 4.50 Stars

Xplore 422 4.50 Stars

Eriba Touring Familia 320 4.00 Stars

Eriba Touring Familia 310 60th Edition 3.50 Stars

Freedom Jetstream Twin Sport 3.50 Stars

Freecross Luxor 370 DD 3.50 Stars

Freecross Premium 330 DL 3.50 Stars

 

  1. Any Pop Top Caravan over 1150kg

Eriba Feeling 425 4.50 Stars

Eriba Touring Triton 430 60th Edition 4.00 Stars

Eriba Touring Troll 530 60th Edition 4.00 Stars

Eriba Touring Troll 530 Rockabilly 4.00 Stars

Eriba Touring Troll 530 Ocean Drive 4.00 Stars

Eriba Touring Troll 542 60th Edition 4.00 Stars

 

  1. Any Two-berth Caravans

Bailey Unicorn Black Edition Merida 5.00 Stars

Coachman VIP 460 5.00 Stars

Adria Altea 492DT Aire 4.50 Stars

Barefoot Caravans Barefoot Classic 4.50 Stars

Compass Casita 454 4.50 Stars

Elddis Avante 454 4.50 Stars

Swift Basecamp 2 4.50 Stars

Xplore 422 4.50 Stars

 

  1. Up to Four-berth Caravans 

Adria Alpina Colorado 5.00 Stars

Coachman Laser 575 Xcel 5.00 Stars

Compass Camino 650 5.00 Stars

Elddis Crusader Borealis 5.00 Stars

Swift Challenger 580 5.00 Stars

Bailey Phoenix+ 440 4.50 Stars

Buccaneer Bermuda 4.50 Stars

Xplore 554 4.50 Stars

Eriba Nova Trend 590 4.00 Stars

 

  1. Up to Six-berth Caravans

Buccaneer Aruba 5.00 Stars

Coachman Acadia 860 Xcel 5.00 Stars

Xplore 586 5.00 Stars

Adria Adora 623DT Sava 4.50 Stars

Bailey Phoenix+ 650 4.50 Stars

Compass Casita 586 4.50 Stars

Elddis Avante 586 4.50 Stars

Swift Sprite Super Quattro FB 4.50 Stars

 

  1. Family Caravans

Bailey Alicanto Grande Estoril 5.00 Stars

Adria Altea Tyne 4.50 Stars

Coachman Acadia 830 Xcel 4.50 Stars

Buccaneer Barracuda 4.00 Stars

Compass Capiro 550 4.00 Stars

Elddis Avante 860 4.00 Stars

Eriba Nova Trend 530 4.00 Stars

Swift Challenger X 835 4.00 Stars

 

  1. Large Family Caravans

Adria Altea 622DK Avon 5.00 Stars

Bailey Pegasus Grande SE Turin 4.50 Stars

Buccaneer Aruba 4.50 Stars

Coachman Acadia 830 Xcel 4.50 Stars

Compass Casita 868 4.00 Stars

Elddis Avante 868 4.00 Stars

Eriba Nova Trend 555 4.00 Stars

Swift Sprite Super Quattro FB 4.00 Stars

 

  1. Any Caravan 8ft or more wide

Adria Alpina 623UC Mississippi 5.00 Stars

Bailey Alicanto Grande Faro 5.00 Stars

Buccaneer Cruiser 5.00 Stars

Swift Elegance Grande 845 5.00 Stars

Coachman Laser Xcel 875 4.50 Stars

Compass Casita 860 4.50 Stars

Elddis Avante 840 4.50 Stars

 

  1. Any Caravan with Dedicated Bed(s)

Adria Adora 623DT Isonzo 5.00 Stars

Buccaneer Commodore 5.00 Stars

Compass Capiro 574 5.00 Stars

Elddis Affinity 554 5.00 Stars

Bailey Pegasus Grande SE Brindisi 4.50 Stars

Coachman Laser Xcel 845 4.50 Stars

Eriba Nova Light 465 4.50 Stars

Swift Elegance 560 4.50 Stars

Xplore 554 4.50 Stars

 

Lomas continues, “The information from the Caravan and Motorhome Club Towcar of the Year 2021, combined with the details in the Caravan Design Awards Buyers Guide, provides invaluable help for caravanners to make an informed decision on their next car/caravan outfit*.”  

For more information about the entrants in the Caravan Design Awards Buyers Guide 2021 visit camc.com/caravandesign.

For more information on the Caravan and Motorhome Club, please visit www.camc.com

 

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The Caravan and Motorhome Club Towcar of the Year 2021

Entry List 

 

Caravan Weight Under 1100kg

Ford Puma ST-Line X 

Jaguar I Pace HSE 

Renault All-New Captur

SEAT Arona SE Technology 1.0 TSI DSG 115 

 

Caravan Weight 1100–1200kg

Nissan Qashqai 1.3 DIG-T 140 N-Connecta Manual 

SEAT Leon Estate FR 1.5 TSI manual 150 

Vauxhall Astra Hatchback Business Edition Nav 

 

Caravan Weight 1200–1300kg

Mazda CX-30 Skyactiv-X 180ps AWD GT Sport Auto 

ŠKODA Octavia Estate SE L First Edition 2.0 TDI 150PS DSG 

ŠKODA Karoq SE L 2.0 TDI 150PS 6 man 

Dacia Duster Comfort Blue dCi 115 4x4  

 

Caravan Weight 1300–1400kg

MG HS 

Nissan X-Trail 1.3 DIG-T DCT 160PS 2WD Tekna 

SEAT Ateca XPERIENCE Lux 2.0 TDI DSG 4DRIVE 150 

SsangYong Korando Pioneer 1.6 Diesel Automatic 2WD 

ŠKODA Superb Estate SE L Executive 2.0 TDI 150PS DSG 

 

Caravan Weight 1400–1500kg

MG HS Plug-in 

Vauxhall Insignia SRi VX-Line Nav 

 

Caravan Weight 1500–1700kg

Jaguar XF Sportbrake 2.0 240PS AWD R-Sport 

Isuzu D-MAX Utah

Kia All-New Sorento 2.2 CRDi ‘3’ 

Kia All-New Sorento 1.6 T-GDi HEV ‘4’ 

Land Rover Range Rover Velar D180 R-Dynamic SE 

Mazda CX-5 Skyactiv-D 184ps AWD GT Sport Auto

SEAT Tarraco XCELLENCE Lux 2.0 TSI DSG 4DRIVE 190 

ŠKODA Kodiaq SE L 2.0 TDI 150PS DSG 4X4

Volvo XC40 B5 (petrol) AWD R-Design

Volvo XC40 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid T5 FWD R-Design

Volvo V60 B4 (diesel) AWD Cross Country 

Volvo V90 B5 (diesel) AWD R-Design 

 

Caravan Weight Over 1700kg

Jaguar F-Pace 3.0 300PS AWD Sport 

Land Rover Defender 110 D240 SE 

Land Rover Discovery SD4 Landmark 

Land Rover Range Rover Sport PHEV P400e HSE 

Nissan Navara dCi190 Double Cab N-Guard Automatic

SsangYong Musso Rebel Auto

SsangYong Rexton ELX 

Volkswagen Touareg Black Edition 3.0-litre V6 TDI 4MOTION 286PS 8spd auto 

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Caravelle 6.1 SE Long Wheelbase 2.0 TDI 199PS 7spd DSG 

Volvo V60 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid T6 AWD R-Design 

 

Family Towcar 

Jaguar F-Pace 3.0 300PS AWD Sport 

Jaguar XF Sportbrake 2.0 240PS AWD R-Sport 

Kia All-New Sorento 1.6 T-GDi HEV ‘4’ 

Kia All-New Sorento 2.2 CRDi ‘3’

Land Rover Range Rover Velar D180 R-Dynamic SE 

Land Rover Range Rover Sport PHEV P400e HSE 

Land Rover Defender 110 D240 SE 

Mazda CX-5 Skyactiv-D 184ps AWD GT Sport Auto 

MG HS Plug-in 

SEAT Tarraco XCELLENCE Lux 2.0 TSI DSG 4DRIVE 190 

ŠKODA Kodiaq SE L 2.0 TDI 150PS DSG 4X4 

Vauxhall Insignia SRi VX-Line Nav

Volkswagen Touareg Black Edition 3.0-litre V6 TDI 4MOTION 286PS 8spd auto 

Volvo V60 B4 (diesel) AWD Cross Country 

Volvo V90 B5 (diesel) AWD R-Design 

Volvo XC40 B5 (petrol) AWD R-Design 

Volvo XC40 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid T5 FWD R-Design 

Volvo V60 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid T6 AWD R-Design 

 

Large Family Towcar  

Land Rover Discovery SD4 Landmark 

SsangYong Rexton ELX 

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Caravelle 6.1 SE Long Wheelbase 2.0 TDI 199PS 7spd DSG 

 

Pick-Up 

Nissan Navara dCi190 Double Cab N-Guard Automatic 

SsangYong Musso Rebel Auto 

Isuzu D-MAX Utah

 

Alternatively Fuelled 

Ford Puma 1.0 mhev
Jaguar I Pace HSE 

Kia All-New Sorento 1.6 T-GDi HEV ‘4’ 

Land Rover Range Rover Sport PHEV P400e HSE 

MG HS Plug-in 

Volvo V60 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid T6 AWD R-Design 

Volvo XC40 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid T5 FWD R-Design



The panel of experts:

Dan Cartwright - Caravan and Motorhome Club Towcar of the Year Judge

Dan has been a passionate caravan advocate since 1989, when as an eight year old child he spent a wonderful week in a 1950's Willerby Wisp. Dan founded CaravanTimes in 2010 and has been there ever since. Dan is also a self confessed petrol head and has been chief car tester and motorbike journalist at CaravanTimes since it started.

Andrew Ditton - Caravan and Motorhome Club Towcar of the Year Judge and Caravan Design Awards Buyers Guide assessor

A Club member since 1987, Andrew has been towing his own caravan since he was 17 years old. Since then, he has towed a variety of outfits many thousands of miles. As former Tow Car Tester for Caravan Magazine, he brings a wealth of practical hands-on experience to the judging panel.

Lesley Harris - Caravan and Motorhome Club Towcar of the Year Judge

Having spent 23 years being part of the road test team for one of Britain’s biggest car magazines – Lesley became a driving judge for the Caravan and Motorhome Club Towcar of the Year competition in 2007.  Since then Lesley has happily continued to be a driving judge and also now writes the monthly test reviews for the Club magazine.

Mark Sutcliffe - Caravan and Motorhome Club Towcar of the Year Judge and Caravan Design Awards Buyers Guide assessor

Mark Sutcliffe is an experienced motoring, travel and touring journalist with extensive experience of towing in the UK and overseas. A regular member of the Caravan and Motorhome Club Towcar of the Year judging team for over a decade, he is a former editor of ‘Which Caravan’ and a regular contributor to the Caravan and Motorhome Club Magazine.

Martin Spencer - Caravan and Motorhome Club Towcar of the Year Judge

A degree-qualified engineer, Martin’s been Club Technical Manager for 22 years overseeing practical advice for members while undertaking extensive industry engagement, government consultations and work on national/international standards development. His knowledge is underpinned by caravanning since the age of seven around most of the UK and Western Europe, and most recently motorhoming in Australia.

Sammy Faircloth - Caravan Design Awards Buyers Guide assessor
Sammy Faircloth comes from a family of devoted caravan enthusiasts and loves nothing more than touring with her family in the UK and abroad.  For the last six years she has written for the Caravan and Motorhome Club magazine and more recently joined the judging panel.  Her passion is her caravan and the great outdoors!

Julie Wootton - Caravan Design Awards Buyers Guide assessor
Julie caravanned with her parents as a young child, and with her husband Mike has been a Club member for over 20 years.  She regularly attends rallies and enjoys staying on sites and CLs across the network.  Julie is a keen Centre member serving on Committees in the past and has been a member of the Events Committee since 2015.

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