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Whether it’s a caravan, a horsebox or just a trailer of garden waste on a run to the tip, more and more of us are using our cars to tow in support of hobbies, pastimes and weekends away. SUVs are perfectly suited to this role, too, given they tend to be powerful and solid enough on the road to inspire confidence when pulling heavy loads.

Our winner this year is the Volkswagen Touareg, every version of which is powered by a burly, 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel engine driving all four wheels through an automatic gearbox. There’s even a plug-in diesel-electric hybrid if you want even more grunt. This power, and standard features like trailer stability control, make it the perfect tool for towing, while the optional folding towbar package means you can tuck the hook away when you’re not using it. This option also includes Trailer Assist to help you with the tricky task of reversing – using the rear-view camera as a reference you simply guide the path you want with the joystick usually used to adjust the mirrors while the Touareg takes care of the actual steering and counter-steering itself. Perfect for maintaining face at the local gymkhana.

Owners appreciate the space, power, comfort and safety features, one summing it up neatly. “It looks and feels luxurious, and the higher driving position gives excellent visibility,” they told us.

Interested in buying a Volkswagen Touareg?