Jaguar XF is Britain’s 2012 Towcar Awards champion
The Jaguar XF has been named the overall winner in the Towcar Awards 2012. The annual event, run by Practical Caravan, in association with The Camping and Caravanning Club and What Car?, is widely regarded as Britain’s toughest test of towcar prowess.
The awards for Jaguar follow recent wins by the company in the 2012 What Car? / JD Power car customer satisfaction survey where Jaguar was top car manufacturer and the XF was awarded best executive car.
Volkswagen also triumphed after being awarded four accolades; the Golf for the up to 1424kg category, the Passat Estate for the 1425-1574kg category and the Tiguan for the 1575-1724kg category. The Passat also picked up the much-coveted ‘Green Award’.
The Land Rover Discovery once again reigned supreme as king of the heavyweights, winning the 1900kg+ category.
Now in its sixth year, the Towcar Awards 2012 saw 34 of the latest models hitched to caravans in the quest to find the best. Testing includes thorough examinations of the car’s practicality and dynamic stability assessments. This, combined with the real-life buying and owning information from What Car?, ensures the Towcar Awards delivers definitive verdicts that buyers can trust.
Nigel Donnelly of Practical Caravan said: “The judging process this year was particularly difficult, with really well deserved category winners from Volkswagen and Land Rover. However, it was felt unanimously that the Jaguar XF is just that bit more special. The Jaguar is an outstanding car, whether hooked up for towing or solo. When towing, its stability is unshakeable and at times it’s as if the caravan isn’t there. Its performance during the testing process was exemplary.”
He added: “The judges were also impressed with the vehicle’s fuel economy, with figures suggesting that 52.3 mpg is possible on the official combined cycle. The forecast resale values for the Jaguar XF are promising and in the long term this makes for a very sensible and almost future-proof purchase.”
Robert Louden, the Club’s Director General concluded: “The Towcar Awards is now an established event in the Club’s calendar and we know that the results have become fundamental to campers and caravanners who are in the market for a new towcar. Members of the Club’s technical team are on the judging panel and the first-hand experience they gain each year is invaluable. Hopefully, with our help, people are able to enjoy safe, comfortable and enjoyable motoring as a result.”
Overall winner Jaguar XF 2.2D Premium Luxury
List price £37,205
What Car? Target Price £33,810
85% match 1483kg
Max towing weight 1850kg
Towball limit 75kg
Up to 1424kg: Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 Match 5dr
1425kg-1574kg: Volkswagen Passat Estate 2.0 TDI 170 Bluemotion Technology Sport
1575-1724kg: Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TDI 140 4Motion Bluemotion Technology SE
1725-1899kg: Jaguar XF 2.2D Premium Luxury
1900kg+: Land Rover Discovery 4 3.0 SDV6 XS
Overall winner: Jaguar XF 2.2D Premium Luxury
“With over £1billion annually spent on towcars, there is a real thirst for unbiased buying advice. Consumers want to buy a great towcar that works for their holiday – when they are towing their mini home from home. It also has to work in real life, on the daily commute, weekly shop and school run, as well as making sense financially,” Donnelly commented.
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- Vehicles were put through a series of specially devised tests for stability, hill starts, acceleration and braking, and practicality. These took place at the Motor Industry Research Centre (MIRA) in Warwickshire.
- Around 400,000 households each year choose their new car on the basis of its towing ability – this equates to an annual spend of over £1bn on new cars used for towing.
- The kerbweight of a car is the unladen weight with allowances for a driver and fuel.
- The Camping and Caravanning Club experienced 4,395 arrivals on Saturday, June 2, 2012 – the fourth highest ever achieved on Club Sites.
- Evidence collated by The Camping and Caravanning Club has revealed that camping and caravanning really does make you richer in mind, body and soul. www.realrichness.co.uk
The 2012 Judging Panel
- Steve Cropley Editor in chief of Autocar and European Car of the Year Juror
- Nigel Donnelly Editor in chief of Practical Caravan online
- Iain Geddes Head practicality judge and senior technical adviser at The Camping and Caravanning Club
- Ian Hewlett The Club’s technical manager
- Steve Huntingford What Car? new cars editor, responsible for high-performance tests
- Nigel Hutson Former police class 1 driver and lifelong caravanner, judging since 2007
- David Motton Former editor of What Car? and Practical Caravan. Prolific tower
- Sue Taylor Features editor of Camping & Caravanning magazine, tows caravans and horseboxes regularly