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What is the best car for towing a caravan?

What is the best car for towing a caravan?

Over the past couple of years, staycations have become more and more popular, and the trend is likely to continue! After all, why not spend time exploring the beautiful countryside, historic towns and fun-filled attractions in the UK instead of going abroad?

Coming hand-in-hand with the rise in staycations is the rise in caravan owners, with an estimated 555,000 touring caravans being used in the UK in 2022. Plus, once these new owners have chosen their new staycation homes, they also need to get the caravans from A to B and this is where towing comes in. Every caravan owner needs and wants a reliable car to get them and their caravan to their destination, and home again, with as few issues as possible. So we've put together a list of the top cars for towing a caravan to make finding one easier!


Tips for choosing the best car

When looking for your next towing car for your caravan, there are a few key things to consider before jumping in such as:

  • Towing capacity - can the car actually tow your caravan's weight safely?
  • Transmission type - the choice between manual and automatic is a personal one but what is better for your lifestyle and caravan?
  • Two or four-wheel drive - although it's not necessary to have a four-wheel-drive car to tow a caravan, for all-year-round and all-weather holidays, it may be the better choice.
  • Usage outside of towing - even though the ability to tow a caravan is important, it won't be the only use for your new car, so make sure it suits your everyday lifestyle. 


Top towing cars for caravans

Side view of a Volkswagen Tiguan

Volkswagen Tiguan

A popular choice as an all-rounder family car, the Volkswagen Tiguan is a great choice to consider as your next caravan towing car. Capable of towing up to 2,500kg (depending on engine and specification), there are plenty of caravans this VW is able to take around the UK, or abroad!

When not towing, this SUV comes with plenty of internal space so you're able to pack everything you need for a family holiday or day out. Plus, all the technology included and the easy and comfortable drive means that no matter how long your trip is, both the driver and passengers will enjoy the ride!


Side view of a Volkswagen Tiguan

Land Rover Discovery

When choosing a towing car, a Land Rover is going to be near the top of the list every time, and the Discovery is a great choice. This heavy vehicle makes light work of towing caravans with a powerful engine and a towing capacity of up to 3,500kg, depending on the car model and specification.

Perfect for driving in different terrains and weather conditions, this SUV provides your family with a comfortable journey, whether that's across a muddy camping field, through country lanes or simply cruising along the motorway. With the bonus of a spacious interior, quiet drive and high seating position, you'll love the drive no matter where the road takes you.


Side view of a Volvo XC60

Volvo XC60

Adding a bit of luxury to the list, the Volvo XV60 is a highly desirable SUV with plenty of caravan towing power - up to 2,400kg (depending on model and specification). With some models, an additional towing package is also available, including retractable towbar and mudflaps, perfect for all-terrain towing.

The level of comfort is also high in this one, offering an excellent ride and a stylish interior to rival other high-end manufacturers. So, if you value luxury and comfort over performance, then this Volvo will make a great choice as your next caravan-towing car.


Side view of a Vauxhall Insignia

Vauxhall Insignia

Not all towing cars have to be SUVs, and the Vauxhall Insignia proves that! Depending on the model and specification, the Insignia can tow up to 1,950kg - plenty of towing capacity for caravans. This capable and staple towing machine is a decent all-rounder for any caravanning holiday.

Although towing capacity is important, so is life outside of the caravan, and this brilliant family car ticks a lot of boxes. It has a comfortable ride, great interior space and plenty of tech to make any journey a piece of cake.


Side view of a Skoda Octavia Estate 

Skoda Octavia Estate

With the lowest towing capacity out of the list, the Octavia Estate may not be an obvious choice. However, with some models able to tow up to 1,600kg, it's not a car to be ignored as it's perfect for towing a smaller 2 or 4-berth caravan.

The spacious boot is ideal for all of those holiday and road trip supplies, or simply for putting all your shopping in the back. Plus, its comfortable interior makes it perfect for life when not towing a caravan.


Find out more

Looking for your next used car perfect for towing a caravan? Why not check out our great selection of used cars online or come to one of the Carbase showrooms. If you have any queries, our expert team is on hand to answer any of your questions so get in touch today.


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