Land Rover Discovery towing a horse box

The best used cars for towing 2024

Choosing the best car to tow your caravan or trailer isn't necessarily a case of ‘biggest is best’ and there are many sizes and types of car that could be suitable for you. Here’s our pick of the top 10 used tow cars.

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By Cazoo editorial team

Updated: 3 January 2024

From caravans to boats, horseboxes to trailers, the best cars for towing will cope with even the weightiest load, but it can be tricky to choose the right model to suit your needs.

That’s where our guide comes in. Here’s what we recommend as the best used cars for towing, with an eye not just on outright towing capacity but on cars that fit a range of budgets and needs.

1. Skoda Superb

The Skoda Superb is a great tow car because it’s so comfortable and relaxing to travel in. Journeys can feel longer and more stressful if you’re towing and the Superb is the perfect antidote to that – it gives you a really smooth ride, even over the bumpiest of roads, and the seats feel like comfy armchairs. 

The Superb is available as a hatchback or as an estate and both give you a huge amount of interior space and an enormous boot. 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 1,800kg and 2,200kg, depending on the model.

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2. BMW 5 Series Touring

The BMW 5 Series is a great alternative to the Skoda Superb. It’s just as comfortable as the Skoda but it’s more enjoyable to drive when you’re not towing and its interior feels even more upmarket. It costs more to buy but every version is powerful and very well equipped.

Every 5 Series gives you lots of passenger space and a big boot. You get more load space with the estate version, which BMW calls ‘Touring’, along with clever ‘self-levelling’ rear suspension that keeps the car balanced when you’re towing.

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 1,800kg to 2,000kg.

3. Seat Ateca

The Seat Ateca is one of the best mid-size SUVs – 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 reasonably priced. The least-powerful options are only really suitable for towing small trailers, but the more 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 1,500kg to 2,100kg.

Read our Seat Ateca review

4. Dacia Duster

The Dacia Duster is one of the least expensive family-size SUVs and while it doesn’t feel as luxurious as some of its rivals, it’s comfy and quiet enough for long journeys. It’s also extremely sturdy and practical. It's impressive that Dacia manages to make such a good car for so little money.

The Duster is available with petrol or diesel engines, and you can get front- or four-wheel-drive models. You'll find the four-wheel drive versions are very capable if you ever need to head off-road. You can only buy a Duster with a manual gearbox and Dacia quotes a maximum towing capacity of 1,300kg to 1,500kg, so it’s best suited to smaller caravans or trailers.

Read our Dacia Duster review

5. Land Rover Discovery

If you want a big, luxurious SUV that's rugged, hugely spacious and can tow just about anything, look no further than the Land Rover Discovery.

The interior is solid, feels built to last and has enough space for seven adults to sit comfortably. As you'd expect of a Land Rover, the Discovery is 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 3,000kg to 3,500kg.

6. Volvo XC40

The Volvo XC40 is a stylish mid-size SUV that has a high-tech, user-friendly interior. It’s comfortable and quiet and feels very upmarket. You’ve got space inside for a family of four and the boot will accommodate a couple of weeks’ worth of holiday gear. 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, as are manual or automatic gearboxes and front- or four-wheel drive. There’s even an electric version that can tow up to 1,500kg, though doing so will reduce its battery range. The non-electric versions can pull 1,500kg to 2,100kg, depending on the engine.

Read our Volvo XC40 review

7. Skoda Octavia

The Skoda Octavia shares many of the qualities of the Skoda Superb that’s also in this list – it’s quiet, comfortable, roomy and well-equipped. The Octavia is available as a hatchback or estate, each with the biggest boot in its class.

There’s a 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. Skoda quotes a towing capacity of 1,300kg to 1,600kg for the ‘regular’ Octavia models and up to 2,000kg for the Octavia Scout, which has a higher ride height and more of an SUV-style design.

8. Peugeot 5008

The Peugeot 5008 is a seven-seater that gives you the practicality of an MPV with SUV looks. If you regularly take day trips with the whole family and have a horsebox or boat in tow, this is a great car to consider.

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 it to get going on slippery surfaces. The system makes it ideal for towing your horse trailer along muddy tracks or your boat across wet sand.

The Peugeot 5008 comes with Isofix points for child seats in all three seats in the middle row and you can fold away the seats in the second and third row to create a van-like load space if you need to. Peugeot quotes a maximum towing capacity of 1,200kg to 1,800kg.

Read our Peugeot 5008 review

9. Volvo XC90

Yes, it’s another Volvo – the Swedish carmaker has long produced cars that haul heavy loads with ease, and the Volvo XC90 is another great example. It’s a large, seven-seat SUV that can pull up to 2,700kg.

All models have four-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox and you can choose from hybrid power, petrols or diesels. Towing aside, the XC90 will give you the full premium driving experience, with a beautiful interior and some easy-to-use tech.

10. Audi Q5

The Audi Q5 is a brilliant all-rounder, with a top-quality interior and lots of space for family life. But it’s also a great tow car, with a capacity of 2,000kg across most models and up to 2,400kg on the powerful, four-wheel-drive diesel models.

Just about every model has an automatic gearbox and the Q5 can cope with light off-road duties, too – muddy fields should present no problem. The car is quiet and comfortable, so you should find the journey to your campsite relaxing, too.

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