The best used tow cars are reliable, stable and practical choices for towing a caravan.

So, how do you pick the best used caravan towing vehicle for you? We’re here to help. With years of experience within the caravanning industry, we’re fully aware of what people should be considering when they’re looking for the best used tow car.

Opting for a used tow car presents you with a great way of buying a reliable towing vehicle at a bargain price, that you can count on getting you and your caravan safely from A to B.

On this list, you will find a round-up of the best used tow cars for towing a caravan. It features models from some of the biggest brands, including an SUV from Honda, a 4×4 from Volkswagen, an MPV from Ford, and more, with all of the towing vehicles having impressed us when we reviewed them.

Here are 10 of our favourite best used tow cars…

10 best used tow cars


The BMW X5 parked on grass with a Swift caravan
  • Kerbweight: 2185kg
  • Maximum Towing Limit: 3500kg
  • Towball limit: 140kg
  • 85% KW: 1857kg

When we tested the BMW X5 in 2015, we praised the BMW for its “superb performance and stability”. Find an X5 that’s been well cared for, and the same should be true today.

The xDrive 40d we tested is very powerful – the 30d should be cheaper to buy, and will still have enough poke to pull a twin-axle caravan. Either way, try to find an example with a towball already fitted, as it can be expensive to add one to a used X5.

Without a caravan to tow, the X5 is more agile than any two-tonne 4×4 has a right to be. The ride may not be as plush as a Land Rover Discovery’s, but keen drivers will likely consider this a price worth paying for the BMW’s taut handling.

Read our full review: BMW X5

Ford Galaxy

A Ford Galaxy towing a Swift caravan
  • Kerbweight: 1841kg
  • Maximum Towing Limit: 2000kg
  • Towball limit: 90kg
  • 85% KW: 1565kg

MPVs have fallen out of fashion, with buyers choosing SUVs instead. But the best people carriers can make excellent tow cars, especially for large families.

The Ford Galaxy is a fine example. With seven seats upright, there’s more luggage space than you’d find in most MPVs. And with seats six and seven stowed away the boot is huge.

The clever interior isn’t the Galaxy’s only strength. It tows beautifully, as we discovered when we tested it back in 2018. The model we reviewed had a powerful diesel engine and four-wheel drive, which contributed to the Ford’s ability as a four-season tow car.

Read our full review: Ford Galaxy

Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V towing a caravan
  • Kerbweight: 1501kg
  • Maximum Towing Limit: 2000kg
  • Towball limit: 100kg
  • 85% KW: 1276kg

Honda deserves its reputation for building reliable cars. So if you are looking for a dependable, no-nonsense SUV, you could do a lot worse than the previous generation CR-V. In fact, given that Honda no longer builds a diesel CR-V, we’d rather tow with the old model than the new one.

The 1.6-litre diesel isn’t the punchiest around, but it’s up to the job of towing a sensibly matched caravan. Although the Honda can move around a little on a windy day, it’s stable in still air.

Practicality is a given with the CR-V. There’s lots of room inside for both passengers and luggage.

Read our full review: Honda CR-V

Hyundai Santa Fe

The Hyundai Santa Fe parked on grass with a caravan
  • Kerbweight: 1895kg
  • Maximum Towing Limit: 2000kg
  • Towball limit: 100kg
  • 85% KW: 1611kg

Hyundai has been steadily taking the Santa Fe further upmarket with each generation. So we think the car is now better value as a used buy, especially if you find an example that still has some of its five-year warranty remaining.

The stable tow car has a strong 2.2-litre engine, and is a faithful companion when you’re setting off on a long tow-journey, promising stability on the motorway.

New buyers had the choice of five and seven-seat versions of the Santa Fe. Either way, it’s a roomy and practical car.

Read our full review: Hyundai Santa Fe

Jaguar XF

The Jaguar XF towing to a caravan
  • Kerbweight: 1595kg
  • Maximum Towing Limit: 2000kg
  • Towball limit: 100kg
  • 85% KW: 1356kg

One of our favourite executive saloons, the Jaguar XF also makes an excellent tow car. Shop for a used Jaguar, and you can enjoy this high-performance saloon at a budget price.

Stability was the XF’s outstanding feature when we tested it in 2016. We wrote: “At 60mph it felt relaxed and in control, unfazed by crosswinds or when overtaking high-sided vehicles. At the test track we pushed well beyond 60mph and had no nervous moments.”

The 2.0-litre diesel version we tested might not be as quick or smooth as the 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel, but it’s punchy enough and very economical.

A Lexus GS may be more reliable than the Jag, but we’d live with a few foibles to enjoy towing with the XF.

Read our full review: Jaguar XF

Kia Sorento

The Kia Sorento towing a caravan
  • Kerbweight: 1953kg
  • Maximum Towing Limit: 2000kg
  • Towball limit: 100kg
  • 85% KW: 1660kg

If you don’t own a Kia Sorento, the chances are you will know someone who does. It’s one of Britain’s most popular tow cars.

It makes a cracking used buy too. New examples are more expensive than they used to be, so if you want to grab a very capable tow car at a bargain price, the used market is the way to go. And don’t forget, Kia’s warranty lasts for seven years.

The Sorento we tested in 2016 impressed us with its high kerbweight, slick automatic gearbox, and muscular diesel engine. We liked the roomy seven-seat interior, too.

Read our full review: Kia Sorento

Skoda Superb

The Skoda Superb towing a caravan
  • Kerbweight: 1485kg
  • Maximum Towing Limit: 2000kg
  • Towball limit: 90kg
  • 85% KW: 1262kg

You can buy more powerful tow cars, and you can buy heavier ones. But for many of us, a Skoda Superb is all the tow car we really need.

It’s extremely roomy inside, thrashing most rivals for passenger space and boot capacity. In fact, the hatchback version of the Superb has more luggage room than many estate cars.

The Skoda also tows very well, with reassuring stability at speed and purposeful acceleration from the 2.0-litre diesel engine.

We loved the car we drove in 2016, and a few years down the road that same car would be great value on the used market.

Read our full review: Skoda Superb

Subaru Outback

A red Subaru Outback
  • Kerbweight: 1648kg
  • Maximum Towing Limit: 1700kg
  • Towball limit: 82kg
  • 85% KW: 1401kg

The best Subaru models make reliable, fuss-free cars for for towing a caravan. We think the Outback was one of the Japanese brands best efforts of recent years.

With its lofty ride height and four-wheel drive, the Outback offers the advantages of an SUV with the practicality of an estate.

It’s not an especially heavy car, but if your caravan is light enough, the Outback should tow it well. Stability at motorway speeds is reassuring, and the 2.0-litre diesel engine has enough pulling power to handle any suitably matched caravan.

Read our full review: Subaru Outback

Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer

The Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer towing a caravan
  • Kerbweight: 1633kg
  • Maximum Towing Limit: 1950kg
  • Towball limit: 90kg
  • 85% KW: 1388kg

Vauxhalls don’t tend to hold their value particularly well. That’s bad news for new car buyers, but music to the ears of a canny used car shopper.

The Insignia Sports Tourer is a good example. We rated it highly when we tested it as a new car in 2017. A relatively high kerbweight makes for favourable matching ratios, and we found the Insignia to be stable, even in windy conditions.

Inside, the Vauxhall isn’t as roomy as a Skoda Superb, but there’s enough space to make this a practical family tow car.

Read our full review: Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer

Volkswagen Touareg

The Volkswagen Touareg
  • Kerbweight: 2070kg
  • Maximum Towing Limit: 3500kg
  • Towball limit: 140kg
  • 85% KW: 1760kg

If you’re looking for a candidate for the best used 4×4 tow car to tow an upmarket twin-axle caravan without having to pay silly money, the Volkswagen Touareg would be our pick.

When we reviewed the 2019 model, we were impressed by just how well the tow car handled, despite the strong wind conditions – in fact, our reviewer noted that “few tow cars combine such strong acceleration with exceptional stability”.

A choice of powerful diesel engines and a kerbweight the chunky side of two tonnes help the Touareg tow a caravan with pace and stability.

What’s more, the VW is roomy and has a very large boot.

Read our full review: Volkswagen Touareg

Decided you’d rather have a new model instead of one of the best used tow cars? Then be sure to read our guide to the best tow cars for caravans. You can also head to our tow car reviews section to find our latest impartial views on the best caravan towing vehicles.

You can also see which tow cars we rated highly at the Practical Caravan Awards 2022, where our expert judging panel picked out the best tow cars under 1600kg and the best tow cars under 2000kg, as well as the best tow cars over 2000kg.

If you’re looking for a gadget to help you to navigate on your travels instead, be sure to take a look at our guide to the best caravan sat navs, while our guide to the best caravan cleaners will help you restore your tourer to its former glory in no time at all.

Perhaps you’re looking around for a new tourer as well? If that’s the case, our buying guides to the best caravans are sure to help – for instance, we share our top picks for the best 6 berth caravan and the best caravan for couples.

On the lookout for your next touring destination to take your tow car to instead? Then be sure to visit our guide to the best caravan sites and the best caravan parks, where we reveal the pick of the bunch!

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