Land Rover Discovery is celebrating its second tow car honour within three months thanks to recognition in The Caravan Club’s Towcar of the Year Awards. The club’s judging panel voted the Discovery HSE Luxury the top model in two hard-fought classes – for all-wheel-drive vehicles over 1800kg and for vehicles priced in excess of £40,000.
In June, Land Rover Discovery claimed its fifth consecutive victory and seventh class win in eight years in the Tow Car Awards, a record unmatched by any rival.
At the Caravan Club’s London awards ceremony, the judges’ citation reported: “Towing is effortless with Land Rover Discovery. The V6 3-litre TD engine, mated to an impressive eight-speed auto gearbox, propels you up, down and round at speeds that a large outfit such as this would initially appear incapable of reaching. Greenhouse-sized windows give excellent rear visibility too.”
The Caravan Club tested 39 cars for this year’s competition, with five expert drivers assessing each car’s towing abilities including acceleration, braking and coping with hill starts. Two judges assessed the vehicles’ usability, and two further experts performed acceleration tests.
Land Rover Discovery boasts several intelligent technologies which help to enhance the towing experience. Trailer Stability Assist detects the presence of a trailer and, above 37mph, it monitors the behaviour of the trailer and uses selective braking of the appropriate wheels to help correct any problems. Towing Assist, a next-generation reversing aid, is also included with the optional Surround Camera System. The Towing Assist technology predicts the trajectory of both vehicle and trailer, guiding when coupling a trailer and providing a predicted path for the vehicle when reversing by superimposing coloured lines over the image on the touch-screen.