Best cars for towing 2018

Whether you're planning to tow a light trailer, a giant twin-axle caravan, or something in between, these are the models you should be considering...

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David Motton
14 Jun 2017 18:40 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 00:03

Tow Car of the Year 2018

BMW 5 Series Touring 520d xDrive M Sport

Best cars for towing 2018

This is the first time BMW has won the overall title at the Tow Car Awards, but if future models live up to the standard set by the 5 Series Touring, it won't be the last.

It's the best of the 2018 contenders to drive, with or without a caravan, not to mention frugal, torquey and hugely practical. In short, it delivers everything you'd want from a tow car.


The best of the rest

Best Ultralight Tow Car

Volkswagen Polo 1.0 TSI 115 SEL DSG

Best cars for towing 2018

A very grown-up small hatchback, and a great choice for towing small trailers and micro-caravans.


Best Petrol Tow Car

Kia Stinger 2.0 T-GDI GT-Line

Best cars for towing 2018

A left-field choice for towing, but very effective. This five-door coupé is more practical than you’d expect, too.


Best family SUV

Volvo XC40 D4 AWD R-Design Pro

Best cars for towing 2018

Our 2018 Car of the Year also makes an excellent tow car. The XC40 is stylish, spacious, capable and safe.


Fuel economy award

Hyundai i30 Tourer 1.6 CRDi 110 Premium

Best cars for towing 2018

No car we economy-tested could match the i30 Tourer’s 24mpg when towing, and it’s stable while doing so.


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