The Range Rover Sport has been awarded 'Best All Wheel Drive Towcar over 1800kgs' by the judges of The Caravan Club's Towcar of the Year 2011.
The Range Rover Sport - which has recently been comprehensively upgraded with the addition of a powerful, refined and economical new 3.0-litre diesel engine, striking exterior design changes and a completely redesigned interior - was determined the best overall in the All-Wheel Drive over 1800kg category, beating the likes of the Honda CRV, Toyota Land Cruiser and the Hyundai Sante Fe.
The testing was carried out at Millbrook Proving Ground and each vehicle was assessed to determine its towing ability, dynamics when hitched, acceleration, braking and ability to cope with demanding hill starts.
Driving judge, Clive White of The Caravan Club said: "How do you persuade over 2.5-tonnes of 4x4, plus a caravan to perform like a sports grand tourer? Answer: 3.0-litres of pokey diesel mated to a pretty handy six-speed auto box and some useful suspension trickery, not forgetting 4WD from the 4WD experts. The Range Rover Sport handled all of the tests effortlessly."
The Range Rover Sport comes with new intelligent towing technologies such as Tow Assist, which helps the driver perform accurate towing manoeuvres, Surround Camera System and Trailer Stability Assist, a system that initiates engine torque reduction and braking interventions to bring the towing back under control when trailer oscillations and uninvited steering movements are detected.
"The Range Rover Sport is a truly capable vehicle," said Land Rover UK's managing director, John Edwards. "On the road, it's a comfortable Sports Tourer that eats up the miles, off-road its abilities are best-in-class and as this award recognises - with 3500kgs towing capacity, it really is the perfect vehicle for caravan enthusiasts who want the comfort and luxury of a Range Rover cabin."
Priced from £46,995 on the road, the Range Rover Sport is on-sale now at Land Rover dealerships throughout the UK.Published 28 September 2010