Last updated July 14, 2022
When it comes to towing, you need to make sure your car is up to the task before you even consider attaching anything – mistakes can prove very costly, and dangerous. The best cars for towing in 2023 will vary depending on what you need to tow.
For trailers, boats, caravans and bigger items, a car with a large towing capacity is a necessity. However, some people only need to tow occasional vehicles and bikes, and a small car will suit them just fine.
Most of the cars on this list have a high towing capacity, to ensure that all bases are fully covered – so, here are some of our favourite cars for towing in 2023.
The Volvo estate is one of the icons of family motoring, and has been used for towing duties for generations. The current v60 is boosted by having a battery that can be plugged in to provide a claimed 54 miles of range.
Better still, boot space is unaffected by the additional batteries, so you’ll still have ample space for luggage or the family pet when towing. It has a towing capacity of 2,000kg, making it ideal for most people’s needs.
Even the entry level Plus features lane keep assist, a 360-degree parking camera and heated seats in the front and back. Prices start at £41,325 for the Plus and £48,025 for the Ultimate. Find out more about the Volvo v60 Recharge, here.
A list of the best tow cars for 2023 wouldn’t be complete without a Land Rover. The Discovery Sport is our pick due to a semi-reasonable price tag and seven-seat versatility.
It also had near-unbeatable grip thanks to its excellent four-wheel-drive system, which caravanners will welcome if the weather turns for the worst. The Discovery Sport serves extremely well, with a towing limit of 2,200kg, providing all the comfort and versatility a family could need.
The Standard model comes with 17” alloys, a 10” Touch Pro infotainment system and dual-zone climate control. To help with driving, it has hill-descent control, auto-emergency braking and Terrain Response, meaning even when you’re towing, you can still be sure to drive to the best of your ability.
Prices begin at £33,125 for the Standard, Urban Edition at £41,150, R-Dynamic SE at £45,095, Black at £48,350, and R-Dynamic HSE at £48,930. Find out more about the Land Rover Discovery Sport, here.
The Leon offers a great mix of handling, estate car roominess and tow car capacity, making it an ideal all-rounder. Its 1.5 TSI engine is a strong unit that offers good low-down pulling power. An optional seven speed DSG gearbox makes towing easier and improves refinement.
Towing capacity is 1,700kg, making it an ideal towing vehicle for all but the very largest of caravans. There are several trim levels available but all apart from the hybrid version retain the 620-litre boot that makes the Leon especially practical for long journeys with lots of luggage. Another advantage is that although the Leon isn’t light, it’s lighter than many of the other towing cars listed, meaning there are fewer compromises in fuel economy or handling when you aren’t towing.
Once more, there are quite a few trims with different options available, ranging from £22,225 for the SE and £29,715 for the Xcellence Lux. Find out more about the Seat Leon, here.
The Tesla Model X is still one of the few electric cars that can tow, and its hugely powerful electric motors mean towing a large caravan or trailer won’t be a problem. Its 2,270kg towing capacity is impressive, not only for an electric car.
When you plug in a trailer’s electronic unit, the Model X automatically disengages selected features like the rear parking sensors and the automatic steering assistance, while it also has a system which prevents the trailer from swaying from side to side.
Not many electric or hybrid cars can tow large loads because the weight of the trailer could overwhelm the car and drain the battery too quickly – but the Model X is more than capable.
The newest Model X isn’t available yet, but a used older model will set you back around £56,000. Find out more about the Tesla Model X, here.
Being an all-electric vehicle, the Enyaq is a highly impressive vehicle with a lot of interior space. Both the 60 and 80 models have a towing capacity of 1,000kg.
Skoda claims a 336-mile range for the Enyaq when it isn’t towing, and although that will be less when you have something hitched up behind you, it is a high starting point. A bonus for topping up on the road is that the Enyaq can accept 135kWh charging, meaning the battery can get from 10-80% charge in a little more than 30 minutes.
There is a very wide range of different trims with a variety of options, but even the entry-level 80 Loft comes with dual-zone climate control, a 13” infotainment touchscreen and a digital driver’s display. Prices start from £40,970 for the 80 Loft, and top off at £47,875 for the 80x Sportline. Find out more about the Skoda Enyaq IV, here.
Recently updated, the Dacia Duster is a competent SUV that remains a great value choice. It’s bigger and more rugged than pretty much any other SUV at a similar price. With a diesel engine and four-wheel drive, the Duster can tow a braked trailer up to 1,500kg, while petrol and front-wheel drive versions manage 1,400kg.
When you’re not towing a caravan or taking a trailer-load of rubbish to the tip, the Duster performs admirably as a practical, no-frills everyday SUV, all for nearly half the price of its closest sized rivals. Essential trims come with manual air conditioning, and a split folding rear seat, whilst an upgrade to the Comfort trim to see a reversing camera and rear parking sensors added.
There are a wide range of trims available, with prices starting at £14,845 for the Essential, topping out at £17,845 for the Extreme SE. Find out more about the Dacia Duster, here.