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Towcar of the Year 2009
and £20,000 – £25,000
Class Winner
koda Superb 2.0 TDI
your spirit
A Superb
Celebrating 26 years of
Caravan Club Towcar of the Year
hen S
koda entered three title. A 1.8-litre petrol Superb, also saloon boot or hatchback. Turn the page for more details
different versions of its with a manual gearbox was not far There was a great spread of vehicle of this year’s competition winners,
Superb for this year’s Caravan behind it – ahead of the third Superb makes and styles among the other then read on for reports on all cars
Club Towcar of the Year competition, in the competition, with DSG price class winners. Citroën’s Berlingo in contention for the title Caravan
the company must have known it had a automatic transmission. Multispace (under £16,000 class) Club Towcar of the Year 2009.
winning car on its hands. After all, an Whichever model you choose, showed that the new model has lost
earlier version of the car had taken the Superb buyers get a stylish, modern none of its towing ability and still Where, when and how
overall title in 2003 and the new model and practical car with great fit and combines great practicality with typical As usual in recent years, testing took
had to be in with a chance. finish. One of its best features is the Citroën quirkiness. Hyundai’s top- place at the Millbrook Proving Ground
You bet it was! But the overall rear load compartment. Our value i800 Style (£16,000-£20,000 in Bedfordshire, almost certainly the
impression of our judges was that the ‘caravanability’ judges found it would class winner) showed its mettle as a best car testing facility in the country.
Brink towbars now part of the Thule group offers you freedom of choice. The Brink
2.0-litre TDI with manual transmission take a full load of typical caravanning towcar for anyone who needs a people All car manufacturers and
Fixed Two Bolt Flange is ideal for both the occasional and seasoned towing enthusiast.
was the pick of the bunch, winning the equipment, and loved the S
koda’s carrier, while at the other end of the importers are invited to submit
class for vehicles between £20,000 unique rear design that can be price spectrum, Mercedes-Benz’s vehicles, but they have to be new or
The Brink Fixed Swan Neck has unobtrusive good looks that continues to make this an
and £25,000 as well as the overall opened as a conventional C-Class took top honours in the substantially modified (eg different
all-time favourite. The BrinkMatic Classic and latest Brinkmatic Advance detachable
over-£32,000 class with a C320 CDi engine or transmission) models. There
systems offer the user systems that can be removed in less than a minute. Finally the Brink
Estate Sport. The remaining price is one exception: the previous year’s
class, for vehicles from £25,000 to overall winner is invited to pitch itself
Retractable – preserves the streamlined appearance of your vehicle without having to £32,000, was won by last year’s against the current competition.
remove it, as it stores easily into it’s own dedicated space behind the bumper. All carry a
returning champion: a Ford Mondeo After a careful scrutineering
Titanium X 2.5T estate – proof, if any process to ensure the cars conform
unique lifetime warranty.
Towcar of the Year
were needed, that Towcar of the Year to the exact specification declared,
winners remain worthy champions. there are track tests to assess the cars’
■ There were38 cars in this year’s contest Apart from the five price classes, towing ability and ‘caravanability’
■ The weather was very mixed throughout – which is why we have specifically the Club awards honours to all-wheel checks to assess how caravanning
mentioned it in the specification table – but was consistently very windy drive cars in two weight categories: friendly the cars are. How easily
■ This year’s competition was one of the most closely-fought ever under and over 1800kg. Volkswagen’s could you fit an awning in the boot,
■ Al-Ko’s clever stability control system, ATC, is a standard fitting on the new Tiguan SE, with 2.0-litre TDI for instance, and how accessible
majority of Bailey caravans. But it was not connected for Towcar of the Year engine, triumphed in the lighter are the towing electrics? This unique
testing, to help show up any inherent stability issues with the cars on test category while a Volvo V70 AWD SE process has been refined by The
ruled the heavyweights. Caravan Club over the last 26 years.
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