Jag XF hauls off 'top towcar' title
GOOD FOR THE LONG HAUL: Jaguar's new XF sedan won its weight class and the overall title at the UK's Towcar of the Year awards night.
LONDON, England - The Jaguar XF has been voted the overall winner in the UK's Towcar Awards 2012, an annual event run by Practical Caravan, The Camping and Caravanning Club and What Car?,.
It claims to be widely regarded as Britain’s toughest test of towcar prowess.
The win, Jaguar says, follows recent successes in the 2012 What Car? / JD Power car customer satisfaction survey where Jaguar was top car manufacturer and the XF was named "best executive car".
LANDY DISCOVERY SUPREME
Volkswagen also triumphed with four accolades: its 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 Green Award.
The Land Rover Discovery once again reigned supreme as king of the heavyweights, winning the 1900kg+ category.
The competition, now in its sixth year, saw 34 of the latest models hitched to caravans in the quest for the best. Testing included thorough examinations of the car’s practicality and dynamic stability assessments. This, combined with the real-life buying and owning information from What Car?, ensured definitive verdicts.
Nigel Donnelly of Practical Caravan said: “The judging process this year was particularly difficult with really well-deserved category winners from VW and Land Rover. However, it was felt unanimously that the Jaguar XF was just that bit more special, an outstanding car whether hooked up for towing or solo.
"When towing, its stability was unshakeable and at times as if the caravan wasn’t there. Its performance during testing 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 caravaners who are in the market for a new tow car.”
TOWCAR AWARDS RESULTS
Jaguar XF 2.2D Premium Luxury
Up to 1424kg: VW Golf 2.0 TDI 140 Match 5dr
1425kg-1574kg: VW Passat Estate 2.0 TDI 170 Bluemotion Technology Sport
1575-1724kg: VW 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