Tow car award wins for Golf, Passat GTE & Arteon Shooting Brake

If you're looking for a car ideal for towing, look no further!

The Volkswagen Golf, Passat GTE and Arteon Shooting Brake have all claimed titles for their tow car prowess. The Golf and Passat GTE brought home trophies from the What Car? Tow Car Awards, while the Arteon Shooting Brake triumphed in its towing weight class at the Caravan and Motorhome Club’s Towcar of the Year Competition, alongside a second victory for the Golf - proving you don't need an SUV to tow!

Volkswagen’s tow car accolades resumed with the What Car? Tow Car Awards, as the judging panel decided on the Golf as the winner for its 1,400-1,549 kg category, and the plug-in hybrid Passat GTE for the 1,700-1,899 kg weight class.

Specifically, the Golf 2.0-litre TDI 150 PS DSG was deemed the best tow car for this category, with the model’s diesel engine providing 150 PS and 360 Nm. The judges listed the model’s responsive and flexible engine, stability and comfortable but controlled suspension as contributory factors to its victory. The Passat, meanwhile, was selected in GTE guise, with total outputs of 218 PS and 400 Nm from its plug-in hybrid powertrain. The Passat GTE’s high towing capacity, control and reassuring driving characteristics at higher speeds were also of note to the judges when awarding the model with its prize, with the panel also remarking that this segment was particularly competitive this year. The Passat’s winning blend of substantial practicality and the running cost virtues which come with a plug-in hybrid also helped it stand out from the wide range of competition.

The next pair of tow car awards were given to the Golf and Arteon Shooting Brake by the Caravan and Motorhome Club, at its Towcar of the Year Competition. Building on the Golf’s reputation, the same variant impressed the Caravan and Motorhome Club panel, with the Golf 2.0-litre TDI 150 PS DSG clinching another trophy. Speaking of the Golf’s towing talents, the Caravan and Motorhome Club judges said: “The Golf is a great choice for the caravanner who wants a reliable, stylish and quite simply, timeless car – you know where you are with a Golf. It has proved itself again to be a really competent tow car – great to drive and tows really well at all speeds. Sure-footed and confident.”

The Arteon Shooting Brake which impressed the judges was the 2.0-litre TDI 200 PS DSG model, which in addition to its suitability for towing, features the most potent engine available for the Arteon family outside of the high-performance Arteon R. The Caravan and Motorhome Club judges said: “The Arteon is something a bit different, but it makes a suitable family tow car: lots of room in the rear, and it drives really nicely. The 200 PS, 2.0-litre TDI engine is brilliant, and it'll take anything you throw at it, with smoothly-delivered acceleration getting the car up to cruising speed within seconds.

The Golf and Passat GTE join a long list of Volkswagens celebrated for their prowess when towing loads – the Touareg and Arteon have previously been celebrated in this area in recent years, while this What Car? Award is the latest given to the Passat, which has claimed trophies in its previous generation (B7), as well as its pre-enhanced (B8) forms – proving the model’s continuing practicality and flexibility.

The Golf, Passat GTE and Arteon Shooting Brake are all available at Breeze Volkswagen in Poole, Dorset. Give our team a call on 01202 713000 for more information, to book your test drive, or order yours today.

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