The Honda HR-V has come out on top at the Tow Car Awards 2016, triumphing in the 'up to 1,400kgs' weight class with the 1.6 i-DTEC SE manual. Expert judges from The Camping and Caravanning Club, What Car? and Practical Caravan considered all 41 entrants for this year's honours, marking the 10th year of the Tow Car Awards.
Tow Car Editor of Practical Caravan magazine, David Motton, stated 'Towing at a steady 60mph, the HR-V is as comfortable and composed as you could wish for. It kept its cool in our violent lane-change test, too. We kept increasing the speed of the test, and the Honda kept on going just where the driver pointed it. With 221lb-ft of torque, there's enough pulling power for respectable performance when towing, going from 30-60mph in 16.8 seconds with a caravan in tow. It's a very impressive tow car for little more than £22,000. The verdict: great stability and a practical, ingenious cabin.'
Launched in 1999, the Honda HR-V was a forerunner of the small crossover class, and this latest generation doesn't disappoint - since its eagerly anticipated release in summer 2015, it has been in high demand and is more popular than ever.
This may be because of its generous standard equipment, including the city brake active system for optimum control, electric windows and mirrors, front and rear parking sensors and Honda's Magic Seats for added comfort. Its 1,339kg kerb weight and tow ball limit of 70kg give a maximum towing weight of 1,400kg.
Phil Webb, Head of Cars at Honda UK, commented: 'The powerful diesel engine in the relatively small HR-V makes it perfect for towing, providing owners with very good driveability whilst retaining strong fuel economy. Couple the increased height compared to a hatchback, making for fantastic visibility, with the slightly more comfort orientated suspension settings, for a more relaxed drive, and customers have a winning combination.'
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