Tow Car Awards 2021: Overall winner

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 reveal our overall Tow Car of the Year and why it won...

OVERALL WINNER: Tow Car of the Year 2021

Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi 3 DCT

Tow Car Awards 2021 logo - winner

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

Picture a Venn diagram with circles representing stability, performance, practicality and value. Right in the middle, at the point where those circles overlap, sits the Kia Sorento.

In years past there's been a gulf between premium SUVs from the likes of Audi, BMW, and Land Rover and big 4x4s from mainstream brands. However, the new Sorento offers 90% of a premium SUV's ability for 60% of the price. It's a reassuring car to tow with, pulling a big tourer with composure at the UK legal limit and beyond. The big Kia can handle itself in an emergency, too, with powerful brakes and the stability to cope with the lane-change test.

Kia Sorento towing a caravan for TCOTY

Kia gives buyers the choice of hybridplug-in hybrid and diesel power. For regular towing, there are still good reasons to choose a diesel. The 2.2-litre engine is ideally suited to the job, with grit and muscle worthy of a rugby prop forward. Any sensibly matched tourer should be handled with ease. What's more, with four-wheel drive the Sorento is able to make the most of its performance whatever the weather.

A number of other models impressed enough to be considered for our top prize. The Volkswagen Passat GTE and the BMW X5 xDrive45e both show how much progress has been made with plug-in hybrid technology. And with a couple of important reservations, the Polestar 2 suggests that fully electric tow cars have a bright future.

In the here and now, though, the best all-round tow car is the Sorento.

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