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Volkswagen Passat pulls in third top tow car title

PUBLISHED: 08:46 22 June 2015 | UPDATED: 09:56 23 June 2015

The new Volkswagen Passat Estate SE Business 2.0 TDI was the overall winning tow car of the year.

The new Volkswagen Passat Estate SE Business 2.0 TDI was the overall winning tow car of the year.


Most people don’t usually get to tow their trailer, horsebox, boat or caravan before choosing a new or used car.

Towcar of the Year winners

Up to 1,400kg: Škoda Octavia Hatch 2.0 TDI CR 150PS SE Business.

1,400 to 1,549kg: Volkswagen Passat Estate 2.0 TDI 150PS SE Business DSG.

1,550 to 1,699kg: Mazda CX-5 2.2D 175PS AWD Sport Nav.

1,700 to 1,899kg: Volkswagen Passat Estate 2.0 BiTDI 240PS 4Motion GT DSG.

More than 1,900kg: Land Rover Discovery 3.0 SDV6 SE Tech.

Green award: Volvo V40 Cross Country D4 Lux Nav Geartronic.

Best petrol tow car: Ford Mondeo 1.5T EcoBoost 160PS Titanium.

Best ultralight tow car: Citroën C4 Cactus BlueHDi 100 Feel.

Overall winner: Volkswagen Passat Estate 2.0 TDI 150PS SE Business DSG.

So that’s why the results of the Tow Car Awards 2015, Britain’s biggest annual tow car test programme, help everyone make a more informed choice of the best vehicles for more enjoyable, safer and stable towing.

From lightweight hatchbacks to heavyweight 4x4s, the good news from the team of experts from What Car? and Practical Caravan magazines and the Camping and Caravanning Club who judged this year’s awards is that the standard of cars was higher than ever.

This made it tough to choose nine winners in the five weight classes – based on each car’s kerbweight – plus a green award, best petrol and dest ultralight tow car awards, and then one overall champion.

The new Volkswagen Passat is the first car to win the Tow Car Awards three times – 2007, 2011 and 2015. This year’s champion was a Volkswagen Passat Estate SE Business with a 2.0-litre TDI BlueMotion Technology engine, 150PS power output and DSG automatic transmission. It also won its 1,400 to 1,549kg weight class, while a Passat Estate GT with a 2.0 BiTDI engine, 240PS power output and Volkswagen’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive system won its heavier 1,700 to 1,899kg weight class.

Both made awesome tow cars, but as the judging criteria isn’t purely on towing performance, the front-wheel drive Passat Estate SE Business scored valuable extra points for affordability to make it the overall winner.

David Motton, tow car editor of Practical Caravan magazine, said: “Volkswagen’s new Passat has achieved something remarkable. It’s all the tow car most of us need, with outstanding towing ability as well as being comfortable, refined, spacious and economical for everyday driving. It does just about everything well and is a worthy winner of the Tow Car Awards 2015.”

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