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Best tow car £30,000 - £40,000: VW Passat Estate

Auto Express

25 September 2015

Seven cars were up for this category crown, but it was yet another VW that stole the prize in the shape of the hugely popular Passat Estate 2.0 TDI DSG GT. Once again, the VW Group’s versatile 2.0 TDI engine – tuned to the higher output of 187bhp – came up trumps, as the all-new Passat took on the challenges with relish. Even when hitched to the large Bailey Pegasus GT65 Verona caravan, it scored well in all of our disciplines. Steep inclines were brushed aside by the lively engine, and even with such a large caravan on tow, it didn’t miss a beat as it charged up the 17 per cent incline.

The ride is also excellent and soaks up lumps and bumps effortlessly. Around the high-speed bowl, it was always steady –reaching the legal speed limit and beyond with ease. This makes the Passat Estate an excellent long-distance cruiser.

And there’s no need to worry about space, either, as the VW is vast in every respect. The 660-litre boot swallowed all our test kit with plenty of room to spare, plus the rear seats fold and increase that space to a whopping 1,780 litres. Plus, there’s lots of room for passengers.

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