With the 17 registrations launching in March and Caravan season fast approaching, we thought we would take a look at the best cars for towing in 2017. Towbars can be fitted to a wide range of vehicles, however some are designed to provide improved comfort, ease and safety to the driver. Large SUV’s and 4x4’s may seem like the obvious choice, however there are plenty of affordable family cars that work just as well.
1. BMW X5
Towing Capacity: 2700kg – 3500kg
Retail Price (new): From £46,260
The X5 is the flagship 4x4 by BMW so it is no surprise that this is included in this list. A stylish, comfortable and exceptionally sturdy vehicle, the X5 is expensive but the price is definitely justified when you delve into the technical specifications of the vehicle. With such a substantial towing capacity, you are guaranteed a comfortable drive with a trailer or caravan in tow.
2. Dacia Duster
Towing Capacity: 1500kg
Retail Price (new): From £8700
If you are looking for a budget friendly vehicle, big enough for the family and with the ability to comfortably tow a caravan or trailer – the Dacia Duster is a great place to start. Not the most stylish or exciting of vehicles, but certainly a great value functional vehicle.
3. Mazda CX-5 SUV
Towing Capacity: 1900kg – 2000kg
Retail Price (new): From £23,210
An SUV with a difference, the aesthetically pleasing CX-5 is not like the typical SUV with a bulky box like exterior. Developed to offer a great driving experience on the road as well as off it, the Mazda boasts good towing capacity supported with four-wheel drive. A spacious, practical vehicle at a fair price.
4. Vauxhall Astra Sports Estate Tourer
Towing Capacity: 800kg – 1650kg
Retail Price (new): From £16,450
This compact and modest estate is economical, well designed and suitable for smaller caravans or trailers. Competitively priced the Astra comes pretty well equipped whether you opt for the petrol of diesel engine.
5. Land Rover Discovery Sport SUV
Towing Capacity: 2000kg – 2200kg
Retail Price (new): From £28,940
Perhaps one of the most obvious choices for a car towing, the well-established and powerful Land Rover Discovery Sport is extremely popular. All models come with four-wheel drive and a 2.0litre diesel engine as well as a significantly high towing capacity. The entry level models come with most of the gadgets you would expect for this competitively priced vehicle and include heated front seats, cruise & climate control and a touchscreen.
6. Mercedes E Class Sedan
Towing Capacity: 2100kg
Retail Price (new): From £34,350
If you are looking for something with speed, power and luxury drive, the E Class is a great tow car. With a 2.0-litre engine and nine speed auto gear box, the E Class provides a smooth shift and effortless drive even when towing. The new sleek design makes it one of the most aerodynamic cars in the class as well as improving the aesthetics from the original boxier shape.
7. Skoda Superb Estate
Towing Capacity: 1500kg – 2200kg
Retail Price (new): From £20,420
The Skoda has become one of the most popular cars amongst caravaners and it’s evident why when you see what it has to offer. A large boot, comfortable spacious interior and substantial towing capacity; you can rely on the Skoda to get the whole family, all your luggage and caravan to your destination without any fuss. In addition, it is surprisingly economical and enjoyable to drive.
Depending on when you passed your test, you must check whether your license permits you to tow. You can check this out here > gov.uk