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Best Used Family Cars for Towing Caravans

There are many things to think about when buying a towing car. As well as towing your caravan, it also needs to be suitable for everyday aspects of family life. You might need to consider the car's off-road ability too.

Always check that the towing capacity is high enough to tow the weight of your caravan. Bear in mind that the weights in our list are for braked trailers - the capacity for unbraked ones will be much lower.

Hyundai Santa Fe

The Santa Fe doubles up as a powerful towing car and a stylish family SUV. It has a huge max towing capacity of 2500kg, but don't assume that it's just a big lump. It has an impressive appearance, with a large front grille and angular lights, and is comfortable to drive.

Premium models offer even more style, being equipped with leather seats and a touch screen infotainment system. It also offers oodles of family practicality with 7 seats, a spacious interior, and a four-wheel drive that kicks in when conditions are particularly slippery. This is absolutely ideal for family caravan holidays.



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BMW X5

If you're after a car that can tow just about anything, the BMW X5 is the one for you. It has an incredible towing capacity of 3500kg, yet despite its large power, this large SUV is designed more for a car-like driving experience than off-road ability, making it ideal for long motorway journeys.

In typical BMW style, it also looks classy both inside and out, with the big double grille on the front and a swanky interior, which includes entertainment for the kids in the back and the option of either comfort or sport seats. It's suitable for large families too, as there's the option of 7 seats.



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Volvo XC90

The XC90 is a highly reliable option for caravan holidays, being both a powerful tow car, with a healthy capacity of 2250kg, and a people carrier that drives well. It's right up there in terms of safety features, with a 5-star crash rating, anti-lock brakes, and plenty of airbags.

This estate is spacious, with the option of 7 seats, and you can adjust the second-row seats depending on whether you need to prioritise leg room or cargo space. A 4-wheel drive option is also available if you wish. This SUV has everything you need for a relaxing caravan holiday.



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Skoda Superb

Not a fan of SUVs? Fear not. There are plenty of smaller, sleeker options that still pack enough power for towing heavy loads. The Skoda Superb is one of the best. The large hatchback has a roomy interior with a luxurious amount of legroom in the back, plus an enormous boot. And the estate version is even bigger!

There's a range of engine options, but the diesel is best for towing caravans, with a capacity of at least 2000kg (2200kg in some variants). And who said towing cars can't be stylish? The Superb looks gorgeous, seeming more like an executive saloon than a family car. Add in a smooth drive ideal for long journeys, and the value for money offered by this family car can only be described as superb.



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Kia Sorento

The Kia badge is synonymous with good value, and the Sorento offers this with more than a splash of quality too. The styling is sharp, with sleek lines and a nice large grille. It’s also a relaxed drive, ideal for long distances, and its size means it has a hefty max towing capacity of 2500kg.

The cabin is spacious, able to accommodate 7 people comfortably, and has plenty of nooks and crannies for storage. Considering the Sorento’s size, the steering is impressive, and the all-wheel drive means it copes well with off-road conditions, making this SUV ideal for both urban and country life.



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Volkswagen Passat

As we know from the Skoda Superb, it's not just SUVs that can pull heavy loads. The Volkswagen Passat can tow up to 2000kg (2200kg in some variants) ...and it's an estate! Not just any estate either, but an extremely well-refined and economical car.

As you'd expect from a VW estate, it's a comfortable drive on the road too, with plenty of grip. You also get the classic Volkswagen look, while the interior is luxurious and roomy. There's plenty of cool tech at your fingertips too. For a family car that looks equally at home in the caravan park or on the motorway, you can't go wrong with the Passat.

And if you fancy something even more suited to muddy fields, the Passat Alltrack is a great offroader. It even won the Best Tow Car award in 2017!



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Nissan X-Trail

For a solid and reliable tow car that looks smart you should strongly consider the Nissan X-Trail. Similar in appearance to the Japanese brand's immensely popular Qashqai, the X-Trail is in the top tier when it comes to practicality, with oceans of space for your family and all their luggage, plus the option of 7 seats.

It's a robust, well-designed SUV and it includes excellent safety equipment. For an SUV capable of pulling trailers weighing up to 2000kg, it's also pleasingly efficient and a highly comfortable drive, making the X-Trail a great all-rounder for family holidays and day trips.



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Land Rover Discovery

A true heavyweight as both a family car and towing specialist, the Land Rover Discovery 4 is a high-quality option for those who like caravanning. Able to pull just about anything with a sky-high towing capacity of 3500kg, the Discovery can also tackle all conditions thanks to its Terrain Response system, making it the perfect vehicle for adventurous families.

Despite this impressive power it's still a refined, quiet, and comfortable ride. Practicality is also excellent, with more than enough space for 7 people, while the ability to fold all the rear seats down and create a massive storage space is extremely useful. To top it all off, it looks smart, with a smooth grille and headlights. This is a premium family towing car.



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Audi A6

Looking for something that combines the towing and off-road capabilities of an SUV with the comfort and style of an estate? Take a look at the Audi A6 Allroad. It has the highest towing capacity of any car in the estate segment at a massive 2500kg, and its four-wheel-drive technology, plus hill descent control, makes it a strong off-roader too.

Yet it's still stylish looking, agile, and pleasant on the road. Practicality is good too, with plenty of boot space (which can be increased further by folding down the rear seats), and a spacious interior. If you'd prefer an estate to an SUV for your caravan this could be perfect.



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Ford Mondeo Estate

Another great family estate suitable for towing is the Ford Mondeo. A range of petrol and diesel options are available for this car, but make sure you go for the 200hp diesel if you want to take advantage of that 2200kg tow capacity.

As you'd expect from a Mondeo, it's reliable, pleasant to drive, and practical. There's plenty of room for 5 adults, let alone children, and the boot is sizeable too. Despite the powerful diesel engine, economy is still decent. Add in the classic Ford look and you've got a great all-round family car ideal for negotiating both the school run and trips to the countryside.



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