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Featured in the August 2016 issue

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The Land Rover Discovery family of SUVs has amassed three honours at the annual Tow Car Awards.

The Land Rover Discovery has been awarded the highest accolade of all after being chosen as ‘Tow Car of the Decade’. For the seventh year in succession and the ninth time overall in the awards’ ten-year history, the Discovery once again demonstrated why it is consistently the most capable vehicle when it comes to practicality and effortless towing ability. The award comes a day after the Discovery Sport was put to the ultimate towing test: pulling a 100 tonne train.

The supremely capable Land Rover Discovery 3.0 SDV6 won its weight class in the ‘1900kg+’ category and impressed the panel of experienced judges from Practical Caravan, What Car? and the Camping and Caravanning Club magazine with its sheer breadth of capability. Winning the weight category is no easy feat, as the judges not only test a vehicle’s all-round towing ability but also evaluate other practical aspects such as interior luggage space, accuracy of manufacturer towing advice in the vehicle handbook and overall buying and ownership costs.

The Land Rover Discovery is available with several intelligent technologies to aid and enhance the towing experience. Trailer Stability Assist detects the presence of a trailer and, above 37mph, monitors the trailer and activates selective braking of the appropriate wheel or wheels on the car to help correct any problems. Towing Assist predicts the trajectory of vehicle and trailer, providing guidance when coupling a trailer and a predicted path for the vehicle on the touchscreen when reverse is selected. It is also available with the optional Surround Camera System to give the driver a 360-degree view of the exterior displayed on the central dash-mounted touchscreen.

The Discovery Sport TD4 180 SE Tech Auto also enjoyed success and took overall class honours in the ‘1700–1899kg’ weight category. With a towing capacity of up to 2,500kg (when equipped with the heavy duty tow pack), the Discovery Sport was praised by the expert judges for its stability at speed while the vehicle’s efficient new Ingenium turbo-diesel engine was also praised for its strong performance.

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