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These are the best tow cars on sale today

Published 14 June 2019

The Volkswagen Arteon has been named as the UK's best tow vehicle, at the 2019 Tow Car Awards.

A shortlist of 40 vehicles were rated in four categories: towing, practicality, everyday driving, buying & owning. A total of 10 awards were handed out, based on car kerb weights, as well as four individual awards: best ultralight tow car, best budget 4x4, best plug-in hybrid and a fuel economy award.

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The Skoda Octavia won the sub-1400kg category but, in a move that reflects changing car buying trends, it took the title with the 1.5 TSI petrol rather than a diesel engine.

It wasn't the only petrol car to win an award, either. The SEAT Ateca 2.0 TSI took the 1400-1549kg category, while the SEAT Arona 1.0 TSI was named the best ultralight tow car.

As well as being crowned the overall winner, the Volkswagen Arteon in 2.0 TDI 150PS Elegance DSG guise won the 1550-1699kg category, while the BMW 520d Touring xDrive M Sport won the 1700-1899kg award.

The Land Rover Discovery won the 1900kg+ weight class for the 12th year, this time in 3.0-litre SD6 306PS HSE form.

Special award winners include the Ford Focus estate 1.5 EcoBlue 120PS Titanium X, which was handed the fuel economy award, while the Range Rover Sport P400e HSE Dynamic was crowned the best plug-in hybrid.

The Jaguar I-Pace was the first electric car to be tested by Tow Car Award judges, but it was deemed unsuitable for the majority of caravanners thanks to its 750kg towing limit.

“A coupe-style fastback wasn’t what we would have predicted to be chosen as the overall winner of the Tow Car Awards 2019, but it won because it impressed us enormously," said judge, David Motton. "It does all of the sensible, important things that we ask of a tow car, and brilliantly."

During testing, each car was paired with a caravan ballasted to weigh up to the recommend 85 per cent of its kerb weight and put through a series of tests at the MIRA proving ground in Warwickshire.

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