June 14, 2017

Jaguar and Land Rover Tow Car Awards success: new Land Rover Discovery crowned Tow Car of the Year

  • New Land Rover Discovery named as overall winner of the Tow Car Awards 2017, in addition to being the 1,900kg class winner.
  • Jaguar F-Pace and XF win in 1,700–1,899kg and 1,550–1,699kg weight classes, respectively.

Whitley, Coventry: The new Land Rover Discovery has continued its predecessor’s incredible Tow Car Awards winning streak, having been named as the overall winner for 2017.

It is an accolade the previous Discovery had been awarded nine times over the previous decade, culminating in it being chosen as Tow Car of the Decade in 2016.

The new Discovery also won in the 1,900kg+ category after demonstrating its sheer breadth of capability, not only in terms of all-round towing capability but also its general practicality, including interior luggage space, accuracy of manufacturer towing advice in the vehicle handbook and overall buying and ownership costs.

Speaking about the decision, David Motton, tow car editor, Practical Caravan Magazine, said, “The fact that the new Land Rover Discovery is our overall champion will come as a surprise to nobody. Land Rover’s track record in these awards is second to none and today’s Discovery maintains the old model’s strengths while also attending to its weaknesses. As an all-rounder, it sets a new benchmark”.

“Towing with the Land Rover is now more straightforward than ever, thanks to clever technology such as the optional advanced tow assist system, which makes reversing a caravan simple, even for less-experienced drivers. We think it’s the best tow car you can buy,” Mr Motton further added.

Jaguar also found success at the awards, following tests that included an emergency lane-change, 30-60mph acceleration, a 30-0mph emergency stop, and a hill start on a 1-in-6 slope.

The British marque’s performance SUV, which was recently voted both World Car of the Year and most beautiful car in the world, the F-Pace was named winner in the 1,700–1,899kg class, receiving great acclaim from the judges.

Mr Motton said, “If we could award the F-Pace six out of five for towing, we probably would. It really is an exceptionally able tow car and superb to drive with or without a caravan”.

“The Jaguar is quick, even with a heavy van in tow; accelerating from 30-60mph took just 7.7 seconds, making it one of the fastest cars this year. There’s plenty of space inside, too, with notably more rear legroom than in some sporty SUVs and a healthy-sized boot,” added Mr Motton.

Also taking home the top prize for its weight class (1,550–1,699kg) for the fifth time in six years was the Jaguar XF, with judges praising the premium saloon’s strong performance.

Mr Motton continued, “First and foremost, the Jaguar makes a stable tow car. You might think the hill-start test would favour a 4x4 over the rear-drive Jaguar, but in the dry, the XF was the equal of any SUV in this class. It’s worth noting that a four-wheel drive XF is also available. You might not think of a saloon as the most practical, but the XF’s boot fitted all but one of our typical holiday luggage items”.

Jeremy Hicks, MD, Jaguar Land Rover, UK, said, “It’s great that the new Discovery has continued its predecessor’s legacy, a model which has proved itself as the car to beat in terms of towing capability since the Tow Car Awards started in 2007”.

“In addition, the success for Jaguar at the awards is a testament to the versatility, performance and practicality of both the F-Pace and the XF, and something we are very proud of,” added Mr Hicks.

The new Land Rover Discovery is now on sale and starts from £43,995 on the road.

The Jaguar F-Pace starts from £34,730 on the road.

The Jaguar XF starts from £32,490 on the road.