Tow Car Awards 2021: 1900kg+ (up to £50,000)

If you’re looking for a great tow car that will also be enjoyable to drive solo, you need one of our 2021 Tow Car Awards winners. Here we look at the best heavyweight for less than £50,000...

WINNER: 1900kg+ (up to £50,000)

Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi 3 DCT

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Kerbweight 1954kg 85% match 1661kg Max towing weight 2500kg Towball limit 100kg

A perennial caravanners favourite, the Kia Sorento has come a long way over the past couple of decades, with today's car the best yet.

Reflecting the changing times, it's available as a regular hybrid and a plug-in model. However, in part to keep the Sorento's caravanning owners happy, Kia still offers a diesel in mid-range '3' spec.

Kia Sorento towing a caravan - rear

We don't know who made the call to continue with diesel power, but we're glad they did, because the Sorento diesel makes a cracking tow car.

The engine is ideally suited to pulling a heavy caravan. It doesn't deliver the eye-popping acceleration that you get with some more expensive 4x4s, but it never feels strained. The automatic gearbox shifts smoothly to make the most of the engine's impressive muscle, too, and the 30-60mph sprint takes just 11.3sec.

Once up to speed, the Sorento remains a pleasure to tow with. It feels secure and composed at 60mph, and little different travelling 10mph faster. Perhaps there's a little more movement in a crosswind than you'd get from one of the heavier, luxury 4x4s, but then some of those cars cost £30,000 more than the Sorento.

Kia Sorento dashboard

The Sorento has room for adults in all seven of its seats, and air vents for all three rows. The many USB ports throughout the interior show that Kia has thought carefully about how modern families keep themselves entertained on long journeys.

The boot is a respectable size with all three rows upright, and huge with the back seats lowered.

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