Best Used Cars with 2000kg Towing Capacity

19th Jun 2019

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If you need to transport a caravan, horsebox or other type of trailer now and again, it's essential that your new car has sufficient towing capacity. Cars able to tow 2000kg or more are generally considered to be heavyweight tow cars, so we've picked out some of the best here, chosen not just for their towing capabilities, but for their all-round quality too.

Bear in mind that the towing capacities in our list are all for braked trailers. Before purchasing a new car, you should always check that the model you're going for has a towing capacity greater than the weight of your trailer. This will ensure you abide by the laws and will keep you and other drivers safe.

Volkswagen Touareg

The Touareg is a hefty, powerful SUV and as such it's ideal for towing. The used market is mostly populated by Mk2 models, particularly those with the 2014 facelift. These are available exclusively with a 3.0-litre V6 TDi engine, which has 406 lb ft of torque, meaning it can tow a massive 3500kg - pretty much anything, in other words. This engine is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission across the board.

Aside from its monstrous towing capabilities, the Touareg also offers a roomy interior, decent ride quality and good offroad ability, thanks to its four-wheel drive system.

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Mercedes-Benz E-Class

The E-Class estate is one of the best premium estate cars around. It offers greater practicality than the E-Class saloon whilst keeping the style and refinement, and its range of (mostly diesel) engines offer appealing performance and efficiency.

Plenty of variants are able to tow over 2000kg, with a notable example being the E350d. This is the most powerful engine of the range, with 250-258 bhp (depending on the generation) plus plenty of torque, and you can find plenty of these on the used market. Alternatively, you can go for the E220d, a popular engine on latest generation models, which offers lower power but excellent efficiency of 67mpg.
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Volvo XC60

Sitting in the middle of Volvo's SUV range, the XC60 offers the Swedish manufacturer's luxury feel as you'd expect, with neat interior design and electronic climate control as standard. Comfort is also excellent with great body control and ride quality, making this an ideal SUV for towing a caravan along the motorway.

Speaking of caravans, a range of XC60 versions can tow up to 2000kg. Models from the last couple of years can, in many cases, tow as much as 2400kg, but finding one of these on the used market could prove a struggle. The first generation offers economical diesel engines with good pulling power, with a popular option being the D5 turbodiesel, delivering 215bhp and 50mpg economy. This is equipped with all-wheel drive too - ideal for muddy fields and caravan parks.
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Land Rover Discovery Sport

Land Rover's entry-level model has strong towing pedigree, being the winner in the 1700-1899kg category in the 2016 Tow Car Awards. It's able to tow more than that weight range too, with a max towing weight of 2000-2200kg across the board. It also offers a more compact body and much more attractive price than other Land Rovers whilst retaining seven seats and four-wheel drive.

Interior quality has improved a great deal in recent years with additions such as an intuitive HD touchscreen and slick new infotainment system. Driving-wise, the Discovery Sport feels smooth and planted over long distances. The 9-speed automatic transmission is more popular than the 6-speed manual gearbox, with a popular engine choice being the 2.0-litre TD4 with 180bhp and economy of 42mpg
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Audi Q7

The Q7 crossover is arguably Audi's most practical car, with three rows of seats providing enough room for seven passengers. Built primarily for American roads, it is a large vehicle with a highly spacious interior and immense towing power, with a capacity of either 2800kg or 3500kg, depending on the version.

On the used market, you'll find first generation models (2006-14), with a few post-2015 facelift models knocking about too. Features such as rear parking sensors, a reversing camera and a multi-adjustable driving seat make manoeuvring this hefty vehicle easier.

Used Q7's are predominantly powered by a 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel engine developing 204bhp and reasonable fuel economy of just under 40mpg. Despite the car's weight, this engine delivers plenty of torque, making long caravan journeys less weary.

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Ford S-Max

It's fair to say that the Ford S-Max is a pretty unique car. It shows that MPVs can be nice to look at and fun to drive, yet also offers towing capacity to rival many SUVs. Plenty of models can tow 2000kg, with some able to tow an impressive 2500kg.

Considering it's a 7-seater vehicle, the S-Max is great to drive, feeling planted and controlled when tackling corners and delivering a comfortable ride on the motorway. Go for one of the 2.0-litre or 2.2-litre TDCi diesels for maximum towing capacity; these also offer strong fuel economy of 50-60mpg.

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Porsche Cayenne

When you think of towing cars, you probably don't think of Porsches, but think again! As a sporty offroader, the Cayenne is able to tow huge loads, with most variants having a capacity of 3500kg. This is largely thanks to the excellent engines, as you'd expect from Porsche. Obviously, this is a pricier option than some of the cars on this list, but you can get hold of diesel versions for as little as £20-£25k.

The most economical option is the 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel, which develops 245bhp and reaches 62mph in only 7.6 seconds, while delivering respectable fuel consumption of just under 40mpg. The main appeal of the Cayenne is, of course, the driving experience. The handling is superb and the performance ensures a sporty feel, meaning this car is great fun to drive when the caravan isn't in use.

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Kia Sorento

The Kia Sorento is a popular towing car, thanks to its ability to pull medium to heavy loads whilst also being a practical family vehicle ideal for everyday life. Indeed, interior quality and space are strong points, with three rows of seats able to accommodate seven passengers. The exterior has also been upgraded in recent years with an eye-catching 'tiger nose' grille decorated with diamonds.

Latest generation models can tow 2000kg, while Mk2 models (2010-14) are even more powerful, being able to pull 2500kg. Whichever generation you go for, your Sorento is likely to be a diesel automatic.

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Another premium option, the BMW X5 offers excellent towing capabilities, with recent variants able to tow 2700kg and older Mk2 models boasting a huge towing capacity of 3500kg. An SUV designed more for the road than off-road driving, the X5 delivers a great experience on both the motorway and country roads. 

Ideal for families with 7-seater options available, the vast majority of used Mk3 models are diesel automatics, with the popular xDrive 30d engine delivering 254bhp. Plenty of M Sport models can be found on the market; these offer 19-inch alloy wheels, adaptive suspension and sporty front seats.

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Nissan X-Trail

The X-Trail has several attributes that make it an ideal family tow car, with a towing capacity of up to 2000kg, plus the options of seven seats and four-wheel drive. The X-Trail also has shared qualities with Nissan's best-selling Qashqai, being similar in appearance, containing the same infotainment system, and offering a comfortable driving experience ideal for the motorway. With a highly spacious interior, there's plenty of room for all your passenger and cargo needs.

Most X-Trails out there are diesels, with the 1.6-litre being the most popular, available with both manual and automatic transmissions.

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Finding a car that suits not only your towing requirements but your general lifestyle as well can be a tricky task, given how many factors there are to consider. One list of ten couldn't possibly cover all the cars with 2000kg towing capacity, so why not see if you can find some more great towing specialists amongst our stock of used cars?

And if you go caravanning regularly, our Best Used Family Cars for Towing Caravans blog post might come in handy too!