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Looking to tow a caravan? These are some of the best cars for the job

Looking to tow a caravan? These are some of the best cars for the job

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With restrictions on movement lifting, people are free to travel further afield than ever before. That means that caravanning is going to be even more popular than ever as Brits look to escape within the UK.

But which car should you use when towing a caravan? The options are nearly endless, which is why we’ve put together some of the best to consider. Let’s take a look. 

 

Volkswagen Touareg

As well as being comfortable, refined and good-looking, the Touareg is excellent at towing. It’s probably just what you’d expect from a large four-wheel-drive, but the big Volkswagen should be one of the go-to choices for those looking to tow larger caravans. 

volkswagen touareg

It’s capable of towing up to 3,500kg of braked trailer, while the six-cylinder diesel engine under the bonnet is the ideal accompaniment to the Touareg’s refined style. 

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Skoda Kodiaq

The Kodiaq is a great SUV choice regardless of whether you’re looking to tow or not, so the fact that it can pull up to 2,000kg of braked trailer is an added bonus. Despite this, the Kodiaq can emit as low as 151g/km CO2. 

skoda kodiaqIt also has space for seven and is packed with clever and innovative features. It’s also surprisingly refined and remarkably good-value considering its size and performance. 

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Land Rover Discovery

It’ll come as little surprise that the Land Rover Discovery is exceptionally good for towing. Capable of pulling up to 3,500kg, it’s got a huge amount of pulling power on its side as well as a series of different systems which can make towing safer and easier. 

Land Rover discovery towing a caravan down a dirt road
Plus, the Discovery incorporates a luxurious, high-end interior which not only looks good but is well put together too. 

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Jaguar I-Pace

An electric car might not immediately spring to mind when it comes to tow cars, but the I-Pace is an EV which does pack a small amount of towing ability. Okay, so a braked trailer rating of 750kg isn’t a lot, but it’s enough for a smaller caravan.

Jaguar I PacePlus, with a claimed range of more than 200 miles, there’s enough charge to take you far afield - and all in pure silence. 

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For the past 35 years the Caravan and Motorhome Club has tested cars of all sizes and prices to see which performs the best for towing.

For 2018 its judges put 44 of them through a week of unforgiving analysis to see which topped their respective price brackets and a further two categories split by kerbweight, under and over 1,800 kgs, and also to see which vehicle they think deserves the overall title of 2018 Towcar of the Year.


Volkswagen Golf Estate Alltrack 2.0Tdi 4Motion 184PS DSG

Winner in £30,000 to £33,000 price bracket & in the all-wheel drive under 1800kg category

“Another fine performance, you can’t go wrong with one of these. Stuck like glue to the road."

White Volkswagen Golf Alltrack towing a caravan

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Volkswagen Amarok Highline 3.0 V6 Tdi 4Motion 224PS

Winner in the Pick-Up category &entered into the '£38,000 - £50,000' price class and 'all-wheel drive under 1800kg' categories

Volkswagen Amarok Highline 3.0 V6 TDI 4MOTION 224PS Automatic

“An impressive utility vehicle with the refinement of a premium 4x4. Superb handling for a pick-up.”

Black Volkswagen Amarok pick-up towing a caravan

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Honda

This year Honda gave others a chance by not entering its SUVs and only the Civic 1.5 VTEC Turbo Prestige manual hatchback was tested in the £26,000 - £30,000 class and of which the judges commented: “A practical touring hatch with excellent performance and a very competent tow car.”

Grey Honda Civic on the road towing a caravan

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Jaguar

In the 2014 Towcar of the Year, the Jaguar XF Sportbrake 3.0D Portfolio won the £41,000 - £51,000 class and it was back again this year in the £38,000 - £50,000 bracket for all-wheel drive vehicles under 1800 kgs.

The judges noted: “One of the most-composed and sure-footed of all this year’s contenders."

Pale grey Jaguar XF towing a caravan

The F-Pace SUV was also entered, in 3.0 V6 300PS Auto form, and contesting the ‘over £50,000’ segment. At the end of their test it was obvious the judges had enjoyed themselves at the wheel, saying: “Awesome, utterly awesome.”

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SEAT

Twice an overall winner at Towcar of the Year, with the Toledo V5 in 2000 and more recently in 2015 with the Leon ST FR and with multiple category wins, SEAT entered its Ateca 2.0 TDI 190 PS Xcellence 4 Drive DSG in the £33,000 - £38,000 price class and the all-wheel drive under 1800 kgs.

The diesel was singled out for praise, with the comment: “Very good acceleration – especially for its engine size."

Silver SEAT Ateca towing a caravan

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Peugeot

A three time overall winner, Peugeot has an excellent track record among caravanners, but one of its cars tested in 2018, left the testers amazed by what it could do.

Of the two Peugeots driven, the 3008 SUV Allure PureTech 130 went into the £24,000 to £26,000 category. Its little three cylinder 1.2 engine was described as an `amazing revelation’ and the SUV overall for its “impressive stability into head and cross winds."

The second version, the 3008 SUV GT Line BlueHdi 150 with its 2.0 diesel won plaudits for its “surprisingly good traction for a two wheel drive on a damp track.”

Red Peugeot 3008 towing a caravan round a corner

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Volkswagen

Volkswagen needs no introduction here, having the most wins since the Towcar of the Year competition started, over 35 years ago, with a total of 34 awards, six of those for the overall trophy.

As well as the Golf Estate Alltrack and the Amarok mentioned above, the Golf GT 2.0TDI 150PS DSG went into the £26,000 - £30,000 sector and was described as “Something of a driver’s car, the Golf is sporty and eager. A superb all-rounder."

The Passat Estate Alltrack 2.0TDI SCR 4MOTION 150PS contested the £33,000 - £38,000 price class with the judges concluding: “Passat continues to set the standard in its class and compares very favourably with larger, more expensive competitors and SUVs” and they picked up on caravanner-friendly details, noting: “The windows are perfectly placed, even for pass-on pitch reverse."

Black Volkswagen Passat Estate towing a caravan

Finally, the Volkswagen Tiguan SEL 2.0TSI 4MOTION 180PS DSG was praised for its “Intuitive driver ergonomics with clear electric display," and summed up with “Beautifully designed. Phenomenal handling."

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