Land Rover Discovery towing a horse box

The best used cars for towing

Choosing the right car to tow your caravan or trailer can be tricky. It’s not necessarily a case of ‘biggest and best’ and there are many sizes and types of car that could be suitable for you. Here are our favourites.

Whether you need to haul a tiny trailer, a whopping caravan, a boat or a horse box, picking the best car to tow it with isn’t just a matter of comfort. It’s a matter of safety, too. 

Sizing your car correctly for the trailer or caravan will mean you get the best of both worlds – comfort with safety. You need a car that’s big enough and powerful enough to handle whatever you’re towing but that doesn’t mean that everyone will need a huge SUV. 

Here’s our guide to the 10 best used cars for towing, with something to suit a range of budgets and needs.    

1. Skoda Superb

Towing a trailer can make journeys feel long and stressful, so it’s good to start by making sure your car is comfortable and relaxing. Few cars fit that description as well as the Skoda Superb. It gives a really smooth ride, even over the bumpiest of roads and the seats feel like comfy armchairs. It’s quiet, there’s a huge amount of interior space and you get lots of high-tech features to keep you comfortable and entertained on your journey. 

It’s available as a hatchback or an estate, both of which have enormous boots. You can choose from a wide range of models, with petrol or diesel engines, manual or automatic gearboxes and front- or four-wheel drive. Each one gives you good pulling power, with an official maximum towing capacity of between 1800kg and 2200kg, depending on the model.

Read our Skoda Superb review

2. BMW 5 Series Touring

The estate or ‘Touring’ version of BMW’s large family car is a great alternative to the Skoda Superb. It’s just as comfortable but it’s more enjoyable to drive when you’re not towing and its interior has an even more upmarket feel. It’s made by a more prestigious brand, so it costs more to buy, but every version is powerful and very well equipped.

The 5 Series Touring has lots of passenger space and a big boot. It also has clever ‘self-levelling’ suspension, which keeps the car level when there’s a lot of weight over the back wheels. There are many petrol and diesel engines to choose from, with rear- or four-wheel drive, and most versions have an automatic gearbox as standard. BMW quotes a maximum towing capacity of 1800kg to 2000kg.

Read our BMW 5 Series Review

3. Seat Ateca

The Seat Ateca is one of the best mid-size SUVs there is. It’s big enough to have lots of passenger and boot space, but compact enough to fit into most parking spaces. It feels safe and stable on the motorway and when you’re not towing you can enjoy its responsive steering and nimble feel through corners. 

There’s a wide range of models to choose from – all are well equipped and very keenly priced. The least powerful options are only really suitable for towing small trailers, but the most powerful engines can easily handle a medium-size caravan. Some engines are available with an automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive. Seat quotes a maximum towing capacity of 1500kg to 2100kg.

Read our Seat Ateca review

4. Dacia Duster

The Dacia Duster is the least expensive family-size SUV there is. Indeed, it costs less than any other SUV of any size when new. While it doesn’t feel as sophisticated as its more expensive rivals, it’s comfy and quiet enough for long journeys. It’s also extremely practical, feels sturdy and high-spec models are well equipped. It's impressive that Dacia manages to make so much car for so little money.

The Duster is available with petrol or diesel engines, and front- or four-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive models are surprisingly capable when driving off-road. There are manual gearboxes only and Dacia quotes a maximum towing capacity of 1300kg to 1500kg, so the Duster is best suited to smaller caravans or trailers.

Read our Dacia Duster review

5. Land Rover Discovery

The seven-seat Land Rover Discovery is one of the best all-rounders there is. It’s hugely spacious, with room for adults in all seven seats and the boot is gigantic. The car’s luxurious interior is extremely comfortable and it feels fantastic to drive. It’s pretty much unbeatable when driving off-road, thanks to sophisticated electronics that keep the wheels turning no matter how tough the terrain. On the flip side, its size means it’s not the most cost-effective to buy or run.

There’s a choice of powerful petrol and diesel engines, all of which have an automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive. Land Rover quotes a maximum towing capacity of 3000kg to 3500kg.

Read our Land Rover Discovery review

6. Volvo XC40

The XC40 belongs on any list of the best cars you can buy. It’s a mid-size SUV that looks great outside and has a high-tech, user-friendly interior. It’s comfortable and quiet, and feels very upmarket. There’s space for a family of four and the boot will accommodate a couple of weeks’ worth of gear for going on holiday. It’s easy to drive around town and solid as a rock on the motorway.

There are petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid options available, plus manual and automatic gearboxes, and front- or four-wheel drive. There’s even an electric version that can tow up to 1500kg, though doing so will reduce its range. The other versions can pull 1500kg to 2100kg, depending on the engine.

Read our Volvo XC40 review

7. Skoda Octavia

The second Skoda on our list is almost as capable as a tow car as the larger Superb, albeit with a lower maximum capacity. Indeed, the Octavia shares many of the Superb’s qualities. It’s quiet, comfortable, spacious and well equipped. Skodas are full of clever, useful features, too, like a parking receipt clip in the windscreen and an ice scraper under the fuel filler flap.

The Octavia is available as a hatchback or estate, both of which have the biggest boot in their class. There’s a broad selection of petrol and diesel engines, most of which are available with an automatic gearbox. Some of the more powerful models have four-wheel drive, too. Skoda quotes a towing capacity of 1300kg to 1600kg for the ‘regular’ Octavia models, and says the Octavia Scout, which has a higher ride height and some SUV-style design additions, can tow up to 2000kg.

Read our Skoda Ocatvia review

8. Peugeot 5008

The Peugeot 5008 is a family-friendly seven-seater that gives you MPV practicality and SUV looks. If your plans involve day trips with the whole family – with a horse or boat in tow – this is a great option. 

Central to the Peugeot 5008’s appeal as a tow car is the fact it’s available with a clever electronic system called Grip Control, which helps you to get going on slippery surfaces. That makes it ideal for towing a horse box or a boat. And because you go without the four-wheel drive hardware beneath the floor, you get more space inside for passengers. 

All that space makes the 5008 is one of the best family cars around, with Isofix points in all three seats in the middle row. It’s versatile, too, with seats that fold and slide individually, while the interior has a futuristic, premium feel and the suspension gives a very smooth ride. Peugeot quotes a maximum towing capacity of 1200kg to 1800kg.

Read our Peugeot 5008 review

9. Ford S-MAX

The Ford S-MAX is one of the best seven-seat MPVs there is. Adults fit in all seven seats, it can carry a lot of luggage and it looks great, particularly the sporty ST-Line model. On the road, it’s comfortable, quiet and one of the few MPVs that’s actually enjoyable on a winding road. Top-spec Vignale models are worth seeking out because of their luxurious interiors.

There are several petrol and diesel engines to choose from. Manual and automatic gearboxes are available and some models have four-wheel drive. Ford quotes a maximum towing capacity of 2000kg.

Read our Ford S-MAX review

10. Jeep Wrangler

The rugged Jeep Wrangler SUV is pretty much the only car that can match or even exceed the off-road driving ability of the Land Rover Discovery. Which makes it ideal if you regularly tow your trailer or caravan across muddy fields.

It looks great, too, with a tough, authentic look inspired by the Wrangler’s heritage as a World War II Jeep. The interior is spacious for a family of four and the boot is a good size. You can choose from a petrol or diesel engine – both have an automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive. Jeep quotes a maximum towing capacity of 2500kg.

These are our favourite used tow cars. You’ll find them among the range of high-quality used cars available from Cazoo. Use the search function to find the one you love, buy it online and have it delivered to your door or choose to collect it from your nearest Cazoo Customer Centre.

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