Jetta TDI

The Volkswagen Jetta Sport 2.0-litre TDI DSG has been crowned The Caravan Club Towcar of the Year for the second year in a row, setting the record for the first car in the 30-year history of the competition to secure the accolade in consecutive years.

The compact Volkswagen saloon won its category, and was judged the overall winner of
The Caravan Club Towcar of the Year 2013 by a panel of 10 judges who applauded ‘its suave design, its practicality as a caravanning family car and its great performance when towing in a variety of situations’. The Jetta Sport 2.0-litre TDI DSG has a 140 PS common rail diesel engine, a six-speed DSG gearbox, and produces impressive amounts of torque – 320 Nm from just 1,750 rpm. Despite its compact dimensions, it can manage a generous noseweight of 75 kg.

Another Volkswagen saloon – the stylish CC GT 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS BlueMotion Technology – also won its category.

For the first time in the competition’s history, the categorisation of entrants was decided by Vehicle Excise Duty tax bands, rather than by price, ensuring the Caravan Club provides relevant information for its one million members and recognises environmental motoring issues. In times when many are feeling the effects of the economic climate, vehicle running costs, of which road tax can form a significant part, loom ever more prominently in motorists’ budgets. Lower exhaust emissions, on which the tax bands are decided, also usually equate to reduced fuel consumption.

Twenty-three cars were put through their paces by the judges at the Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire, to establish their towing credentials as well as their ‘caravanability’ or practicality for towing holidays as well as everyday use.

The results of the competition were announced last week at a ceremony held at the Royal Automobile Club in London, and all the winners will be on display to the public at the Motorhome and Caravan Show at the NEC from 16-21 October. For more details, please visit

Commenting on the awards, Grenville Chamberlain, Caravan Club Chairman said: ‘The Club extends its congratulations to all the winners in this Competition. Special plaudits go to the terrific Volkswagen Jetta, it really is a great vehicle and it proved itself time and time again with the judges during testing.’

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