- All 11 category winners have been revealed, with Seat’s Leon Estate topping the overall
- The vehicles were selected based on the weight of the caravan they are allowed to tow.
- Watches for Towing Best Electric, Hybrid, Family and Pick-Up Models Also Visited
- Find out which motors are recommended – and how to get tested
With a large number of people holidaying in the UK due to the pandemic, Caravan and Motorhome Club experts have named their Talker of the Year awards, with the Cité Lyon estate making the overall recommendation.
Lyon won the overall trophy, considered the best choice for anyone looking to haul a caravan weighing 1,100 to 1,200 kg.
This is the 39th installment of the competition, making it the longest running Tokar Award in the country, with each model being put to the test around the demanding and unique vehicle evaluation facility at Millbrook Proving Ground near Bedford.
On the bridge: the Sit Lyon estate named as the UK’s best motor for towing by the Caravan and Motorhome Club
A total of 32 models were put forward for this year’s award across multiple caravan weight categories to make it easier for buyers to know which car can pull the caravan they own.
Winners are named in seven caravan weight classes, including two ‘Family Tokar’ categories as well as the recently launched gongs for other vehicle types including pick-up, electric car and plug-in hybrid models .
Seat’s latest Leon – which is mechanically identical to VW’s current Mk8 Golf – took the crown for this year.
The club-recommended special edition is the sporty FR 1.5TSI 150PS Edition, which costs £26,965 in the UK.
The judges loved its sprightly petrol engine combined with a seven-speed auto gearbox.
On fast sections of Millbrook’s vehicle test route, it was said to be quiet and composed, while on hilly, twisty roads it felt agile, with the engine coping with the tilt really well.
It’s practical too, with Caravans and Motorhome Club applauding it for plenty of room and an extremely comfortable cabin.
The Leon was recommended by the expert testing team for its ‘vibrant performance’, ‘willing petrol engine’ and ‘restraint on speed’ in which the caravan halted.
The decent-sized boot impressed the caravanning judges, accommodating all of our touring equipment.
Club Director General Nick Lomas said: ‘With the rise in popularity of Stay, it is more important than ever that the Club continues to provide its million members with qualified and unbiased information to help them find the right fit for them. needed.
‘We are receiving an increasing number of inquiries about the technical and practicalities of towing with hybrid and electric vehicles, so it is great news that we are seeing a surge in competition entrants and winners in these categories.’
Club President Grenville Chamberlain OBE said: ‘The club is delighted to be able to share data and information about towing vehicles to help our members and all who tow.’
Tokar of the Year 2022 category winners revealed
Best and best EV for caravans under 1,100kg
the winner: Skoda Enyaq iV 80 Lounge 82 kWh 204 PS DSG
koda’s Enyaq iV won two awards – one for Best EV Tokar and also the choice of choice for Lightest Caravan Group.
Price New: £39,365. From
Judges Comments: ‘Well it’s a phenomenal car – it’s big enough for a family and their belongings and it’s great to look at.’
1,100KG to 1,200KG . Best for caravans of up
the winner: Seat Leon Estate FR 1.5TSI 150PS
Leon won this category as well as the overall award for Tokar of the year 2022
Price New: £26,965 . From
Judges Comments: ‘Live performance from an inclined petrol engine with plenty of pulling power while remaining at speed.’
1,200KG to 1,300KG. Best for caravans of up
the winner: VW Golf R-Line 2.0 TDI 150PS DSG
Volkswagen’s latest Golf excels at the Talker of the Year Test Track, which turns out to be Millbrook Proving Ground near Bedford
Price New: £30,515 . From
Judges Comments: ‘A great choice for the caravan who wants a reliable, stylish and quite simply, timeless car. With golf you know where you are.’
Best for Caravans from 1,300KG to 1,400KG
the winner: Nissan Qashqai Tekna+ (Xtronic)
Nissan’s all-new Qashqai wins the 1,300-1,400kg caravan-towing category – a major achievement for a Sunderland-built SUV
Price New: £37,835 . From
Judges Comments: ‘A good all-rounder, it does everything well and would make a good buy’
1,400KG to 1,500KG . Best for caravans of up
the winner: VW Arteon Shooting Brake R-Line 2.0 TDI 200PS DSG
VW’s Arteon Shooting Brake Is Beautiful, But Also A Proven Caravan Luger
Price New: £41,695 . From
Judges Comments: ‘The Arten is somewhat different – but it makes a suitable family hangout – lots of room in the back and drives really well.’
1,500KG to 1,700KG . Best for caravans of up
the winner: Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric AWD
The overall Volvo XC40 recharge wasn’t the best electric torquer overall, it outperformed all combustion-engined rivals to pull the 1,500–1,700 kg caravan.
Price New: £49,950. From
Judges Comments: ‘Another super impressive pure battery electric SUV that combines great performance with precise low speed dynamics.’
Best for caravans over 1,700kg
the winner: Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid 8-Speed Tiptronic S
The Porsche Cayenne is not cheap, although most owners of Caravans over 1,700kg are likely to be able to buy one
Price New: £71,040. From
Judges Comments: ‘It’s a flawless towing – one person for your towing, the added ability to configure suspension, gearbox and engine profiles makes it even more versatile.’
Best Plug-in Hybrid Tokar
the winner: Volvo V60 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid T6…