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Volkswagen Passat crowned overall winner at What Car? Tow Car Awards 2024

The Volkswagen Passat is the best car for towing in the UK that money can buy, according to experts at What Car? magazine and The Camping and Caravanning Club.

The Passat 1.5 eTSI R-Line was crowned the overall winner in the What Car? Tow Car Awards 2024 after topping its category for vehicles with a Kerb weight from 1,550 to 1,699 kg. Judges said it was a ‘clear winner’ after being bowled over by its handling, space, and value for money.

What Car? Editor Steve Huntingford said; “Despite being relatively light at 1,572kg, the Volkswagen Passat tows with the assurance of a larger car. It feels like it is designed with caravanning in mind, towing straight and true even at high speeds. The new car is larger than the old model, too, with lots of room inside for passengers and luggage. And the Passat shows that you don’t need a CEO’s salary to buy a brilliant, modern tow car. Just as in 2007, 2011, and 2015, it’s a clear winner.”

Its coefficient of drag (Cd) is just 0.25 – lower than that of many sports cars – making this an economical and cost-effective choice for anyone looking for a modern estate car. With plenty of space for five people thanks to its long wheelbase, and up to 1,920 litres of rear storage space, the Passat Estate is an ideal all-rounder for business and leisure. Comfort, with or without a caravan or trailer, is enhanced by high-grade materials and the DCC Pro adaptive chassis control. The Passat is also equipped with a Vehicle Dynamics Manager, which controls the electronic differential locks (XDS) and shock absorbers in the DCC Pro system for optimum handling characteristics, it's no wonder this is the fourth time the Passat has won the overall title, the only car to have done so, with previous victories in 2007, 2011 and 2015.


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