THE Land Rover Discovery 4 has won its class for the third consecutive year in the coveted annual Tow Car Awards. Leading the field once again in the 1900kg+ class, the Discovery 4 reigned supreme to take the class victory.
"If this was a horse race, the bookies would have stopped taking bets on the Discovery 4," Tow Car Awards judge and Haymarket Outdoor Leisure Group's Editor in Chief - Digital, Nigel Donnell said.
"Having won the heavyweight class two years in a row, it was always the red-hot favourite. The big Land Rover is even better than before, thanks to the addition of an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Its smoother shifting than the old six-speeder and, along with tweaks to the engine, improves performance and economy. The Discovery 4 is a luxurious way to travel, thanks to the supple ride and roomy cabin. There are seats for seven, and if the rear two is stowed there is more than enough space for a fortnight's holiday luggage. In fact, there's little on our list of what makes a practical towcar that the Discovery doesn't have. The Discovery is the best heavyweight tow car."
The annual test programme which started in 2007, is a joint venture between Practical Caravan, What Car? and The Camping and Caravanning Club. The assessment which involves real-world simulations to put each test car through the most relevant and rigorous tests, involving caravans weighted to 85 per cent of the car's kerbweight, acceleration tests, high-speed stability, brake tests, emergency lane change, hill start and practicality tests. The latter appraises the car's ability to cope with a typical caravanner's luggage, has suitable towing electrics, spare wheel, and technology to make towing easier and safer.
The Land Rover Discovery 4 features a host of intelligent technology creating a safe and comfortable towing experience: Trailer Stability Assist (Standard) automatically detects the presence of a trailer. Once 37 mph is reached, the sensors monitor the behaviour of the trailer. Should any swaying or oscillation occur, the system uses selective braking of the appropriate wheels to help correct any potential problem. In addition Towing Assist, a next-generation reversing aid, is also included with the optional Surround Camera System.