Ford Mondeo takes top towing title

The likes of the Land Rover Discovery 4 and BMW 520d Touring also picked up awards in their respective weight categories.

However, the Mondeo was one of the more affordable cars on the list and impressed judges with its all-round ability.

Nigel Donnelly, editor of Practical Caravan, said: “Our driving judges were very satisfied with the Mondeo’s stability, right up to the legal limit and beyond. A brilliant estate and a swift and secure towcar.”

Judges were also quick to praise the 2011 facelift to the Mondeo, which brought with it styling upgrades inside and out and a selection of new equipment such as lane departure warning and a speed limiter.

In particular, the Ford Mondeo estate was pinpointed as the best performing tow car in its category (1,575-1,724kg) when fitted with a 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi engine.

Ford describes the engine as ‘smooth and effortless’ when matched to a six-speed, twin-clutch Powershift transmission.

The model in question is priced at £23,950, but the Ford Mondeo range starts from £17,705. Available in Edge, Zetec, Titanium and Titanium X specification, the Mondeo is on sale at Ford dealerships in the UK.

As well as picking up the tow car award, the Ford Mondeo is also a popular choice for businesses in the UK having received Business Car of the Year from BusinessCar magazine from 2008.

It was also named What Car? magazine’s best family car and best estate car this year in recognition of its 2011 facelift.

The facelift brought about an introduction of new technology to the Ford Mondeo such as driver alert, LED lights, high-spec media and sound system and an eco mode capable of alerting the driver to more efficient ways of driving.