Picking the best car to tow a caravan is an important step, as it will allow you to drive with stability. The Practical Caravan Awards 2023 are here to help you find the right vehicle for you – in this guide, we take a look at the big, bold cars that have impressed our team over the past year, as we reveal our pick for the best tow car over 2000kg, as well as our other top recommendations.
This is the category for you if you own (or are planning to purchase) a large, heavy caravan – or simply fancy a tow car that has a bit more oomph on the road. There’s a lot to love about our five contenders: they vary in size and style, but each one offers comfortable, easy towing, even if you have a weightier van.
And with the rise in popularity of electric cars, we’ve included one here – plus there are plenty of options if you’d prefer the more traditional diesel engine.
You can also get more great help with selecting the right vehicle for you in our guide to how to choose a tow car.
The best caravan tow car over 2000kg is…
BMW X5 45e M Sport
- Price: £73,425
- Kerbweight: 2510kg
- 85% match figure: 2134kg
- Legal towing limit: 2700kg
Last year we chose the Land Rover Discovery over the X5 although the decision could have gone either way. This year, with the price of fuel being so high, the efficient plug-in hybrid BMW edges ahead.
According to the official figures, it can return 217.3mpg. The real-world figure will depend on the length of journeys and how often the car is recharged, but we’ve heard of owners achieving 80mpg or better over many months of use.
Fuel-sipping economy doesn’t come at the expense of performance. This is an extremely quick car in everyday driving and will tow a big twin-axle caravan up to the legal limit in no time.
Rapid acceleration is nice to have, but stability is essential. The X5 45e is one of the most secure and dependable tow cars we’ve ever driven.
The other tow cars over 2000kg that we shortlisted are:
These are the towing vehicles we shortlisted at the Practical Caravan Awards 2023; alternatively, if you’re looking for a lightweight option, our guide to the best small tow cars is worth a look.
Kia EV6 77.6kWh GT-Line AWD Auto
- Price: £50,695
- Kerbweight: 2090kg
- 85% match figure: NOT LEGAL
- Legal towing limit: 1600kg
It takes commitment to tow with an electric car. As a rough rule of thumb, the range of an EV halves towing a caravan, so long journeys will need patience and planning.
That said, if you are determined to tow with an electric car, the Kia EV6 is the one for the job. It really does tow superbly, with a kerbweight of over two tonnes and the weight of the batteries kept low under the floor. This helps make the EV6 exceptionally stable, not to mention more than powerful enough for towing a 1600kg caravan.
If you can find a fast enough charger, the Kia’s batteries can go from a 10% to 80% charge in just 18 minutes. As the charging network continues to expand, the ability to charge in a few minutes will be crucial in making long towing trips more practical.
Land Rover Discovery D300 S
- Price: £60,065
- Kerbweight: 2437kg
- 85% match figure: 2071kg
- Legal towing limit: 3500kg
Still one of our favourite tow cars, we have the price of fuel very much in mind when choosing the BMW X5 over the Land Rover Discovery. It remains an excellent tow car.
Go back a few years to when this generation of Discovery was new, and much was made of how much lighter it was than the old car. Well, it’s still heavier than most other big SUVs, with a kerbweight of more than 2.4 tonnes. That’s great for matching ratios and stability, although not quite so good for fuel economy. The official combined economy figure is 33.7mpg, even for the latest model with mild-hybrid assistance for the diesel engine.
And what an engine it is. With 300hp and a 0-60mph time of 6.5 seconds, it has ample performance to cope with a heavy twin-axle caravan.
Volkswagen Multivan 2.0 TDI 150PS Life standard
- Price: £44,488
- Kerbweight: 2166kg
- 85% match figure: 1841kg
- Legal towing limit: 2000kg
If a car is a way of getting people from one place to another safely and comfortably, then not many fulfil that core task better than the new Volkswagen Multivan.
There’s space for seven inside, although you can opt for a six-seat layout that gives everyone lots of room to stretch out. It really is very roomy indeed.
To look at, you’d think the Multivan is based on a commercial vehicle. But contrary to appearances and its name, the Multivan is based on the same underpinnings as most of Volkswagen’s passenger vehicles, which makes it surprisingly good to drive.
It’s a stable tow car, and the diesel engine promises good fuel economy.
Volvo V60 T6 Recharge AWD Plus
- Price: £48,380
- Kerbweight: 2064kg
- 85% match figure: 1754kg
- Legal towing limit: 2000kg
It’s hard to decide whether the Arteon Shooting Brake or the Volvo V60 Recharge is our favourite plug-in hybrid estate.
The V60 has the advantage of a heavier kerbweight and a higher towing limit, opening up a really wide range of tourers as safe and legal matches.
The Volvo tows beautifully. With lots of power and four-wheel drive, the V60 makes towing seem effortless, whatever the weather.
Boot space isn’t compromised if you choose the plug-in hybrid, which is quite unusual and makes the V60 a very practical choice.
Volvo has recently uprated the V60 with a higher capacity battery, which now gives the car an electric range of over 50 miles. That makes the V60 a great choice if most of your journeys are short and you can recharge regularly.
- If you’re looking for a helping hand with picking a pre-owned towing vehicle instead, be sure to take a look at our best used tow car guide, where we share our pick of the reliable and stable choices consider.
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