Towcar of the Year 2021

The 38th edition of the Caravan and Motorhome Club Towcar of the Year 2021 went virtual!

Information about new vehicles on the market is really important to the Caravan and Motorhome Club’s one-million members, along with others who tow as part of their hobbies or work.

Manufacturers submitted 40 cars which were evaluated and assessed by an independent panel of expert and knowledgeable judges who carried out full technical specification and vehicle towing capability reviews. 

“Caravanability” was carried out on each vehicle by evaluating boot load spaces (with the rear seats up and down), roof load limits, along with nose weight limits.

The judges carefully researched the towing information presented in the vehicle handbooks and on manufacturers’ websites to check whether the vehicle is equipped with a full-sized spare wheel as standard or if a space saver or puncture repair tin was provided instead.

Club members were also invited to share their thoughts and experiences about the vehicle entrants. 

The 40 entrants were put into caravan weight categories – rather than being listed by price – to make it easier for buyers to know which cars could tow their caravans.

Cars were entered into classes using their 85% kerbweight figure or by their towing limit, whichever was the lower. The competition had seven weight classes, two Family Towcar categories as well as Pick-Up and Alternatively Fuelled categories.  

The entrants were then matched with caravans from Bailey of Bristol’s 2021 range with virtual loads, both in the car and the caravan, ensuring the vehicle’s other weight limits were not exceeded.  

Nick Lomas, Director General of the Caravan and Motorhome Club said,

“Caravan holidays have never been more popular and it’s important to the Club to make sure we provide relevant information to our members – and all those interested in touring and towing – on the vehicles that are available to them.  The Club, with it’s 110+ years of experience, has worked with respected industry colleagues and journalists, all of whom are themselves caravanners, to bring together this invaluable set of data and information.  The Club also offers a free technical advice helpline and training courses for those interested in starting out with the pastime.

For more information visit: camc.com/towcar and make sure you visit a local dealer and book a test drive!


Overall Caravan and Motorhome Club Towcar of the Year 2021

ŠKODA Superb Estate SE L Executive 2.0 TDI 150PS DSG takes the 2021 Caravan and Motorhome Club Towcar of the Year crown.


More about the category winners

Towcar of the Year 2021 – Caravan Weight Under 1100kg :

Winner – Renault All-New Captur

Towcar of the Year 2021

Perfect for growing families (or grandparents) thanks to its class-leading total of three Isofix attachments and the added flexibility of a sliding rear seat. Its one-litre engine has been married to a five-speed manual gearbox, which should offer wider ratios and less gear-changing when towing on A roads. 

Other Entries:

  • Ford Puma ST-Line X 
  • Jaguar I Pace HSE 
  • Renault All-New Captur
  • SEAT Arona SE Technology 1.0 TSI DSG 115 

Towcar of the Year 2021 – Caravan Weight 1100–1200kg :

Winner – SEAT Leon Estate FR 1.5 TSI manual 150

Towcar of the Year 2021

A solid all-rounder. Estates are ideal for dog owners. Appealing design

Other Entries:

  • Nissan Qashqai 1.3 DIG-T 140 N-Connecta Manual 
  • SEAT Leon Estate FR 1.5 TSI manual 150 
  • Vauxhall Astra Hatchback Business Edition Nav 

Towcar of the Year 2021 – Caravan Weight 1200–1300kg :

Winner – ŠKODA Octavia Estate SE L First Edition 2.0 TDI 150PS DSG 

Towcar of the Year 2021

Outstanding MPG and all the practicality of an estate – an excellent choice.  Latest version of an old favourite. Hard to fault if you prefer a traditional estate over an SUV.

Other Entries:

  • Mazda CX-30 Skyactiv-X 180ps AWD GT Sport Auto 
  • ŠKODA Octavia Estate SE L First Edition 2.0 TDI 150PS DSG 
  • ŠKODA Karoq SE L 2.0 TDI 150PS 6 man 
  • Dacia Duster Comfort Blue dCi 115 4×4  

Towcar of the Year 2021 – Caravan Weight 1300–1400kg :

Winner – ŠKODA Superb Estate SE L Executive 2.0 TDI 150PS DSG 

Towcar of the Year 2021

A regular in the Towcar Top 3, and this year’s Superb appears to be no exception. You can’t go wrong with one of these. If you want a large estate, the Superb has to be on your shortlist.

Other Entries:

  • MG HS 
  • Nissan X-Trail 1.3 DIG-T DCT 160PS 2WD Tekna 
  • SEAT Ateca XPERIENCE Lux 2.0 TDI DSG 4DRIVE 150 
  • SsangYong Korando Pioneer 1.6 Diesel Automatic 2WD 
  • ŠKODA Superb Estate SE L Executive 2.0 TDI 150PS DSG 

Towcar of the Year 2021 – Caravan Weight 1400–1500kg :

Winner – Vauxhall Insignia SRi VX-Line Nav

Towcar of the Year 2021

A solid, no-nonsense performer that belies its sporty looks with outstanding caravanability qualities, such as its ability to take a 100kg load on the roof.  Powerful, punchy engine, and it comes with an established nationwide support network for reassuring peace of mind. 

Other Entries:

  • MG HS Plug-in 
  • Vauxhall Insignia SRi VX-Line Nav 

Towcar of the Year 2021 – Caravan Weight 1500–1700kg :

Winner – Volvo XC40 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid T5 FWD R-Design

Towcar of the Year 2021

Delicious kerbweight, delicious economy, and pulls like a train. Capable of towing a large caravan, but with hybrid tech to enhance economy, especially when not towing.

Other Entries:

  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake 2.0 240PS AWD R-Sport 
  • Isuzu D-MAX Utah
  • Kia All-New Sorento 2.2 CRDi ‘3’ 
  • Kia All-New Sorento 1.6 T-GDi HEV ‘4’ 
  • Land Rover Range Rover Velar D180 R-Dynamic SE 
  • Mazda CX-5 Skyactiv-D 184ps AWD GT Sport Auto
  • SEAT Tarraco XCELLENCE Lux 2.0 TSI DSG 4DRIVE 190 
  • ŠKODA Kodiaq SE L 2.0 TDI 150PS DSG 4X4
  • Volvo XC40 B5 (petrol) AWD R-Design
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid T5 FWD R-Design
  • Volvo V60 B4 (diesel) AWD Cross Country 
  • Volvo V90 B5 (diesel) AWD R-Design 

Towcar of the Year 2021 – Caravan Weight Over 1700kg :

Winner – Volvo V60 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid T6 AWD R-Design

Towcar of the Year 2021

One of the best combinations of astonishing power delivery, practicality, and a fair price tag for what you’re getting.

Other Entries:

  • Jaguar F-Pace 3.0 300PS AWD Sport 
  • Land Rover Defender 110 D240 SE 
  • Land Rover Discovery SD4 Landmark 
  • Land Rover Range Rover Sport PHEV P400e HSE 
  • Nissan Navara dCi190 Double Cab N-Guard Automatic
  • SsangYong Musso Rebel Auto
  • SsangYong Rexton ELX 
  • Volkswagen Touareg Black Edition 3.0-litre V6 TDI 4MOTION 286PS 8spd auto 
  • Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Caravelle 6.1 SE Long Wheelbase 2.0 TDI 199PS 7spd DSG 
  • Volvo V60 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid T6 AWD R-Design 

Towcar of the Year 2021 – Family Towcar :

Winner – Volvo V60 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid T6 AWD R-Design

Towcar of the Year 2021

One of the best combinations of astonishing power delivery, practicality, and a fair price tag for what you’re getting.

Other Entries:

  • Jaguar F-Pace 3.0 300PS AWD Sport 
  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake 2.0 240PS AWD R-Sport 
  • Kia All-New Sorento 1.6 T-GDi HEV ‘4’ 
  • Kia All-New Sorento 2.2 CRDi ‘3’
  • Land Rover Range Rover Velar D180 R-Dynamic SE 
  • Land Rover Range Rover Sport PHEV P400e HSE 
  • Land Rover Defender 110 D240 SE 
  • Mazda CX-5 Skyactiv-D 184ps AWD GT Sport Auto 
  • MG HS Plug-in 
  • SEAT Tarraco XCELLENCE Lux 2.0 TSI DSG 4DRIVE 190 
  • ŠKODA Kodiaq SE L 2.0 TDI 150PS DSG 4X4 
  • Vauxhall Insignia SRi VX-Line Nav
  • Volkswagen Touareg Black Edition 3.0-litre V6 TDI 4MOTION 286PS 8spd auto 
  • Volvo V60 B4 (diesel) AWD Cross Country 
  • Volvo V90 B5 (diesel) AWD R-Design 
  • Volvo XC40 B5 (petrol) AWD R-Design 
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid T5 FWD R-Design 
  • Volvo V60 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid T6 AWD R-Design 

Towcar of the Year 2021 – Large Family Towcar :

Winner – Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Caravelle 6.1 SE Long Wheelbase 2.0 TDI 199PS 7spd DSG 

Towcar of the Year 2021

Something of a leftfield choice perhaps, but a ‘problem solver’ of a car. If you need lots of space, versatility of seats vs payload carrying or hefty towing capability, there are plenty of choices around. If you need all three in a single car at the same time, the Caravelle should be on your shortlist.

Other Entries:

  • Land Rover Discovery SD4 Landmark 
  • SsangYong Rexton ELX 
  • Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Caravelle 6.1 SE Long Wheelbase 2.0 TDI 199PS 7spd DSG 

Towcar of the Year 2021 – Pick-Up :

Winner – Nissan Navara dCi190 Double Cab N-Guard Automatic

Towcar of the Year 2021

The best of both worlds: Refined driving experience and cabin, yet rugged enough to handle all manner of caravanning paraphernalia in the load bed. Multi-link rear suspension equates to a winning combination of towing stability and passenger comfort. 

Other Entries:

  • Nissan Navara dCi190 Double Cab N-Guard Automatic 
  • SsangYong Musso Rebel Auto 
  • Isuzu D-MAX Utah

Towcar of the Year 2021 – Alternatively Fuelled :

Winner – Volvo XC40 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid T5 FWD R-Design

Towcar of the Year 2021

Delicious kerbweight, delicious economy, and pulls like a train. Capable of towing a large caravan, but with hybrid tech to enhance economy, especially when not towing.

Other Entries:

  • Ford Puma 1.0 mhev
  • Jaguar I Pace HSE 
  • Kia All-New Sorento 1.6 T-GDi HEV ‘4’ 
  • Land Rover Range Rover Sport PHEV P400e HSE 
  • MG HS Plug-in 
  • Volvo V60 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid T6 AWD R-Design 
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid T5 FWD R-Design

To the see last years winners click HERE

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