Caravan Club Towcar Award Winners 2012

Volkswagen Jetta - Caravan Club Towcar Award Winner 2012
The Caravan Club judges gave the Overall Winner award to the Volkswagen Jetta, which they said offered "stable towing both at speed and while driving around hills and bends."

If you are in the market for a new caravan towcar, you might want to check out this Caravan Club Towcar Award 2012 winners. (We are still in 2011, but the award contenders were all models that will be on sale in 2012.)

The awards were nearly a clean sweep for the Volkswagen Audi Group (VAG) – our of five categories, Volkswagen won three and Skoda won one (Skoda is part of VAG, which also includes Seat as well as VW and Audi).

The remaining category was won by Volvo with its V60 AWD model – perhaps VW’s new Tiguan wasn’t available in time to take part in the awards!

Here’s a full list of categories and winners:

Under £25,000

  • Volkswagen Jetta Sport 2.0TDI DSG

£25,000 to £32,000

  • Škoda Superb Estate Elegance 2.0 DSG

Over £32,000

  • Volkswagen Touareg Escape 3.0 V6 TDI

All-Wheel Drive Vehicles Under 1800kg

  • Volvo V60 D5 AWD Volvo Ocean Race

All-Wheel Drive Vehicles Over 1800kg

  • Volkswagen Touareg Escape 3.0 V6 TDI

Overall Winner

  • Volkswagen Jetta Sport 2.0TDI DSG

Towing a caravan seems to be more popular than ever  in the UK. Caravans are available in a wide range of sizes and weights – so it’s possible to find something that can be safely towed, even with a relatively small car.

It is always important to match your tow car to your caravan or trailer – the Caravan Club recommend that the overall weight of the caravan shouldn’t be more than 85% of the weight of your car and your caravan’s noseweight (the weight exerted vertically downwards by the tow hitch) should not be more than the maximum noseweight rating for your car.

However, the laws relating to what you can tow have become more complex in recent years and drivers who passed their test after 1st January 1997 will need to take a B + E driving (towing) test if the combined maximum weight of their car and caravan exceeds 3,500kg. For more details on driving licence requirements for towing, click here to visit the Direct Gov website.

If you are new to towing and are worried about the practicalities of towing a caravan, take a look at my towing tips. If you want some hands-on tuition, there are plenty of towing training courses around these days, too.

Caravan Club Towcar Awards 2012 - The Winners
The winners, Volkswagen Jetta (front). At the back, from l-r, Volkswagen Touareg, Volvo V60 & Skoda Superb Estate

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