‘Pulling power’ has been put forward as the reason why the Hyundai i800 has won its first award.
The i800 has won the Caravan Club Towcar of the Year prize in the £16,000 to £20,000 category.
It did so after the judges put the i800 through its paces with tests of its ability at hill starts, braking, performance and acceleration.
The judges concluded that with a 2.5-litre four-cylinder CRDi diesel engine providing 170PS with a massive 392Nm of torque the i800 "never feels sluggish even with a full load".
Those interested in buying the car should note that there is 851 litres of space in the boot even when filled with eight passengers on board – twice as much as some rivals estate cars.
Ride quality and manouverability are provided by a coil-sprung rear suspension system, tight turning circle and excellent visibility.
The expert judges commented: "The i800 is a cracking load carrier, shows a lovely attitude when hitched and good access to towing sockets.
"Hyundai enters the market for big people carriers with a much cheaper alternative to vehicles such as the VW Caravelle and Renault Espace.
Written by Trevor Coffee