2019 Winners

Overall winner and class winners in 2019

Class winners of the 2019 Towcar of the Year competition

Volvo takes the victory as Towcar of the Year 2019

The Volvo XC60 beat some very worthy rivals in the competition, claiming a well-deserved hat trick of titles. It won car of the year in the new ‘Best Family Towcar’ category and the class for ‘Caravan Weight 1500-1700kg’ before clinching the overall title Caravan and Motorhome Club Towcar of the Year 2019.

The driving judges gave the Volvo XC60 the best car review of the bunch, rating this the ultimate car to tow your caravan. The judges were impressed by its outstanding performance when a caravan was hitched – in terms of acceleration, braking and stability.

With a diesel engine and great handling, it also gave one of the most comfortable rides of the entire competition. All in all, an ideal car for caravanners.

Take a look at our class winner tow car reviews below. Want to see if these cars and your caravan are a good match? Match your car and caravan with our handy tool to find which tow car is best for you.

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Performance

  • Petrol (58.9mpg solo)
  • 3 cylinder, 999cc engine
  • 7 gear, DSG
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Power (bhp@rpm): 113@5000-5500   
  • Torque (lb/ft@rpm): 148@2000-3500
  • 40 - 60mph acceleration (towing): 10.75 seconds

Weights for towing

  • Kerbweight (kg): 1190
  • Gross vehicle (kg): 1660
  • Caravan (kg): 1012
  • Noseweight (kg): 50

Pricing

  • From £14,235 to £23,020
  • £20,699.50 (price as tested) includes £789.50 towing gear charges
  • Insurance group: 11E
  • CO2 g /km: 109
  • Towable with B licence: Yes

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Performance

  • Diesel (58.9mpg solo)
  • 4 cylinder, 1997cc engine
  • 8 gear, automatic
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Power (bhp@rpm): 175@3750
  • Torque (lb/ft@rpm): 295@2000
  • 40 - 60mph acceleration (towing): 8.9 seconds

Weights for towing

  • Kerbweight (kg): 1480
  • Gross vehicle (kg): 2090
  • Caravan (kg): 1258
  • Noseweight (kg): 80

Pricing

  • From £23,480 to £35,750
  • £31,150 (price as tested) includes £550 towing gear charges
  • Insurance group: 24E
  • CO2 g /km: 125
  • Towable with B licence: Yes within the Club’s 85% guidelines, B+E is necessary to fully utilise the braked towing limit

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Performance

  • Diesel (56.5mpg solo)
  • 4 cylinder, 1969cc engine
  • 8 gear, automatic
  • All-wheel drive
  • Power (bhp@rpm): 188@4000
  • Torque (lb/ft@rpm): 295@1750-2500
  • 40 - 60mph acceleration (towing): 8.95 seconds

Weights for towing

  • Kerbweight (kg): 1735
  • Gross vehicle (kg): 2250
  • Caravan (kg): 1475
  • Noseweight (kg): 110

Pricing

  • From £27,610 to £40,070
  • £40,615 (price as tested) includes £995 towing gear charges
  • Insurance group: 30E
  • CO2 g /km: 135
  • Towable with B licence: B licence possible (max caravan/trailer MTPLM 1250) but B+E required for caravan/trailer heavier than this

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Performance

  • Diesel (48.7mpg solo)
  • 4 cylinder, 1969cc engine
  • 8 gear, automatic
  • All-wheel drive
  • Power (bhp@rpm): 232@4000
  • Torque (lb/ft@rpm): 354@1750-2250
  • 40 - 60mph acceleration (towing): 7.15 seconds

Weights for towing

  • Kerbweight (kg): 1954
  • Gross vehicle (kg): 2520
  • Caravan (kg): 1661
  • Noseweight (kg): 100

Pricing

  • From £37,770 to £59,770
  • £44,350 (price as tested) includes £995 towing gear charges
  • Insurance group: 35E
  • CO2 g /km: 152
  • Towable with B licence: B licence unlikely (max caravan/trailer MTPLM 980) but B+E required for caravan/trailer heavier than this

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Performance

  • Diesel (42.8mpg solo)
  • 6 cylinder, 2967cc engine
  • 8 gear, automatic
  • All-wheel drive
  • Power (bhp@rpm): 282@3500-4000
  • Torque (lb/ft@rpm): 442@2250-3250
  • 40 - 60mph acceleration (towing): 6.65 seconds

Weights for towing

  • Kerbweight (kg): 2070
  • Gross vehicle (kg): 2850
  • Caravan (kg): 1760
  • Noseweight (kg): 140

Pricing

  • From £51,595 to £58,195
  • £62,175 (price as tested) includes £1,120 towing gear charges
  • Insurance group: 42E
  • CO2 g /km: 173
  • Towable with B licence: B licence unlikely (max caravan/trailer MTPLM 650) but B+E required for caravan/trailer heavier than this

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Performance

  • Diesel (49.6mpg solo)
  • 4 cylinder, 1968cc engine
  • 7 gear, automatic
  • All-wheel drive
  • Power (bhp@rpm): 148@3500-4000
  • Torque (lb/ft@rpm):  251@1750-3250
  • 40 - 60mph acceleration (towing):  9.3 seconds

Weights for towing

  • Kerbweight (kg): 1795
  • Gross vehicle (kg): 2510
  • Caravan (kg): 1526
  • Noseweight (kg): 80

Pricing

  • From £22,755 to £37,590
  • £38,025 (price as tested) includes £875 towing gear charges
  • Insurance group: 22E
  • CO2 g /km: 151
  • Towable with B licence: B licence unlikely (max caravan/trailer MTPLM 990) but B+E required for caravan/trailer heavier than this

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Performance

  • Diesel (33.6mpg solo)
  • 6 cylinder, 2967cc engine
  • 8 gear, automatic
  • All-wheel drive
  • Power (bhp@rpm): 254@3250-4000
  • Torque (lb/ft@rpm): 428@1400-3000
  • 40 - 60mph acceleration (towing): 6.8 seconds

Weights for towing

  • Kerbweight (kg): 2178
  • Gross vehicle (kg): 3290
  • Caravan (kg): 1851
  • Noseweight (kg): 140

Pricing

  • From £30,455 to £42,233
  • £43,191 (price as tested) includes £448 towing gear charges
  • Insurance group: 42E
  • CO2 g /km: 220
  • Towable with B licence: B licence unlikely (max caravan/trailer MTPLM 210) but B+E required for caravan/trailer heavier than this

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