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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

Words By David Motton

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Tow Car of the Year 2018

BMW 5 Series Touring 520d xDrive M Sport

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

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

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


Best family SUV

Volvo XC40 D4 AWD R-Design Pro

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

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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