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EXECUTIVE motoring: Mondeo's top of the towers.

Byline: David Whinyates

MONDEO man could soon become Caravan Man following another major award for Ford's iconic repmobile.

For the Mondeo Estate 2.0 TDCi Titanium auto has beaten tough competition from more than 50 other cars to be named as overall winner of the second annual Towcar Awards, judged by experts from What Car?, Practical Caravan and The Camping and Caravanning Club.

The cars tested were put through what is claimed to be the most rigorous towcar testing programme and judged on their towing ability plus a host of other qualities, including driving performance when not towing, practicality, value for money and safety.

To help buyers choose the right match for their caravan or trailer, the cars were judged in five categories by their kerb weight. The pounds 22,855 Mondeo came out top of the pile overall as well as winning the category for cars from 1,575-1,724kg.

The Mondeo's smaller sibling, the Ford Focus 2.0 TDCi Titanium 5dr also came up with an award in the up to 1425kg category and other category winners were: VW Golf Estate 2.0 TDI SE (1425-1574 kg), Land Rover Discovery TDV6 HSE auto (1725-1900kg) and the Jaguar XJ 2.7 TDVi Sport Premium (over 1900kg).

And Ford notched up a hat trick with the C-Max highly recommended as Budget Choice by the judges.

Other cars highly recommended within their categories were the Kia Sportage 2.0 CRDi Titan 4WD (Best Compact 4x4) and the Audi Q7 4.2 TDI Quattro S-line (Money-no-object), while the Peugeot 207 SW HDi 110 Sport took the Green Award.

Nigel Donnelly, editor of Practical Caravan, said: "Practical Caravan readers have known for years that buying a great car is no guarantee that you're buying a great tow-car.

Thanks to the Towcar Awards, we feel that Britain's towcar buyers are better informed than ever about which cars deliver the combination of value, practicality, economy and ability that they want."
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 21, 2008
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