The Volkswagen Jetta is the best car to tow a caravan with according to the Caravan Club.

The small family saloon was voted as winner of the Towcar of the Year competition ahead of the Skoda Superb Estate and another Volkswagen, the Toureg.

The Volkswagen Jetta is a Golf-sized, four-door saloon priced from £16,965 in the UK for entry-level S models.

It may not be readily associated with towing caravans, but judges of the award found the 2.0-litre TDI with DSG to be the best out of thirty cars gathered at the Millbrook Proving Ground this week.

The judges, said Volkswagen, 'applauded its suave design, its practicality as a caravanning family car and its great performance when towing in a variety of situations.'

The Jetta proved a large estate or SUV is not necessary for caravanning in the UK. The 140PS engine delivers 320Nm of torque at 1750rpm and is capable of a braked towing capacity of 1500kg.

The car was tested in a number of conditions in the Under £25,000 category before coming out top in the overall competition.

Other winners included the Skoda Superb Estate in the £25,000 to £32,000 category, the Volkswagen Touareg in the Over £32,000 category and the Volvo V60 in the All-Wheel Drive Vehicles Under 1800kg category.

Grenville Chamberlain, Caravan Club Chairman, commented, "The Club extends its congratulations to all the winners in this Competition. Special plaudits go to the terrific Volkswagen Jetta, it really is a great vehicle and it proved itself time and time again with the judges during testing."

Available in three trim levels, S, SE and Sport, the Volkswagen Jetta is available to buy in the UK now.