The Renault Captur has won the Best Ultralight Tow Car accolade at the prestigious 2014 Tow Car Awards.
A record 56 cars were tested this year by a judging panel looking for the best tow cars in a wide range of different categories. The judges include experts from the Camping and Caravanning Club and from Practical Caravan magazine and What Car? magazine. Each member of the judging panel is either considered an expert in towing, a regular caravan traveller, an experienced car tester or all three of these things.
Included in this year’s Tow Car Awards was the Best Ultralight Tow Car accolade for the smallest and lightest of vehicles tested. The judges said that with its towing limit of 900kg, the Renault Captur should top the shortlist for anyone with a trailer tent to tow.
The ‘Dynamique MediaNav’ trim version of the Renault Captur, with the 89bhp 1.5-litre dCi diesel engine was the specific model chosen for the Ultralight Tow Car award. This specification for the Captur is currently priced at £17,395 and it boasts free Vehicle Excise Duty thanks to a CO2 emissions output of just 95g/km.
Best Ultralight Tow Car
In winning the Best Ultralight Tow Car award, the Captur beat some strong competition which included the Dacia Logan, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, the Peugeot 2008 and Fiat Panda 4×4.
Regarding the Captur, this year’s Tow Car Award judges commented: “Stability at speed proved excellent, as the car felt solid at 60mph and beyond. In the lane-change test, direct steering and well-controlled suspension kept car and trailer in line.
“The 30-60mph time of 19.4 seconds means you won’t be holding up traffic. Strong brakes stopped car and trailer from 30mph in just 9.7 metres. Our practicality team found room for all the holiday luggage bar one item, and were impressed by the Captur’s high noseweight limit relative to its towing capacity.”
Renault Captur Starting price
Starting from £14,495, the Captur is available with other engines besides the 89bhp 1.5-litre diesel unit. Also available are a 0.9-litre TCe petrol unit which also produces 89bhp and a more potent 1.2-litre TCe petrol unit with 118bhp. Each engine option for the Renault Captur has an average zero to 62mph sprint time of just less than ten seconds.
Alongside its recent honour from the Tow Car Awards, the Captur has also won other top motoring awards this year from both Business Car Manager and What Car? magazine.