Land Rover Discovery becomes the most successful model in the Tow Car Awards’ history, with seventh win in eight years
Supreme luxury and towing ability earn the Range Rover Sport 3.0 SDV6 Autobiography Dynamic the new Money No Object Award
Awards are based on extensive practical testing undertaken by expert judges, and are presented by the Camping and Caravanning Club, Practical Caravan and What Car?
Whitley, UK, 13 June 2014 – Land Rover has claimed double honours in the Tow Car Awards. The Discovery remains the pre-eminent car in its class and becomes the most successful car in the history of the awards with its seventh class win in eight years. The Range Rover Sport is the first recipient of a new Money No Object Award.
The Discovery 3.0 SDV6 XS once again proved itself the class of the field in the 1900kg+ category, continuing to perform better than all its rivals, including more recently launched competitors. It is Discovery’s fifth consecutive win and its seventh award in eight years, a record unmatched by any other vehicle.
The judges declared: “It is going to take a really superb car to beat the Discovery. Power, performance, stability, practicality – it has the lot.”
The experienced panel which put the Land Rover to the test were impressed by the ease with which it tackles towing duties, in particular its “confident and decisive” overtaking and “smooth, unflustered” manner in which it can be slowed, regardless of the weight of caravan attached. It also excelled in lane changing, motorway cruising and hill starts.
The new Money No Object Award was bestowed on the Range Rover Sport 3.0 SDV6 Autobiography Dynamic, praised by the judges as a “phenomenal tow car”.
They concluded: “Put price aside for a moment, you won’t find a more capable heavyweight tow car. Dawdling traffic won’t be in the way for long, as the sprint from 30-60mph takes just 9.6 seconds, even with a big twin-axle caravan in tow.”
The Range Rover Sport’s stability was the stand-out factor, demonstrated in the awards’ lane-change test.
“Towing at 60mph feels like 40mph in the Sport, and the Range Rover seemed impervious to crosswinds, even at speeds that would have your collar felt on a British motorway,” the judges noted.
Jaguar Land Rover UK Managing Director, Jeremy Hicks said: “These awards are a great reward for the strength of Land Rover design and engineering.
“Discovery continues to set the benchmark for its class, in spite of the arrival of newer rivals on the market, and with Range Rover Sport we are delighted that independent experts consider it offers the ultimate combination of prestige.