Best used cars for towing: overall winner

If you’re looking for a car that will tow a caravan safely and reliably, buying used can save you a fortune. But you do have to choose carefully. That's where our Used Tow Car Awards come in...

Used Tow Car winner - BMW 5 Series Touring

Overall winner

BMW 5 Series Touring

You can make a strong case for several of our winners to take the overall prize. The Kia Sportage, for example, is stable and reliable, and a used example of the latest model will still have years of warranty left. Meanwhile, the Skoda Superb is tremendous value and very roomy, as well as being a very able tow car.

But none of our winners can match the BMW 5 Series Touring in 520d xDrive form; it’s got the lot. It’s rewarding and stable to drive, with or without a caravan, and its strong yet frugal diesel engine hits the sweet spot for performance and economy.

Used Tow Car winner - BMW 5 Series Touring

The high kerb weight makes it a suitable match for a broad choice of caravans, and the xDrive four-wheel drive system makes towing secure in all weathers. It’s also well made and extremely comfortable inside, with plenty of space for passengers and their luggage.

Sealing the deal is its impressive performance in our 2020 Reliability Survey. Buy with confidence, save yourself a bundle compared with a new one, and enjoy.