When it comes to buying a car for towing, practicality is likely to be top of your criteria. Your new vehicle needs to be able to tow your trailer safely and effectively, whether it is a caravan, horsebox or even a boat.
Nevertheless, you want your car to offer more than just pulling power. After all, when the trailer is not in use you will still be using your car for all manner of journeys. And though tow cars tend to be big and powerful, they can still look sleek and deliver an excellent driving experience.
Our list of the best premium cars for towing includes estates and saloons alongside the SUVs and 4x4s you would expect, showing the variety of cars available to those needing a tow car.
The F-PACE ticks the boxes of being a good-looking tow car that offers impressive performance with or without the trailer. It is Jaguar's first SUV, launched in 2015, and borrows characteristics from Jaguar's prestigious range of sports cars, giving you tight and controlled handling around corners. On straight roads is where the F-PACE really excels though, cruising with composure at high speeds and delivering an extremely comfortable ride.
The used market is mostly populated with 2.0-litre diesel F-PACE models, which offer strong braked towing capacities ranging between 2,000-2,400kg.Search Used Jaguar F-PACE
Land Rover Discovery
The Land Rover Discovery has been an iconic British vehicle for almost 30 years, and it remains hard to beat in terms of towing. With its class-leading off-road capabilities, excellent practicality and powerful engines, the Discovery has everything a caravan owner needs, whilst it also one of the best premium family cars around.
The latest generation of the Discovery (known as the Land Rover Discovery 5) was launched in 2017, and offers a sleek new design that appeals to owners who want something a little more stylish than a rugged-looking 4x4. The versatile interior offers seven seats with plenty of legroom for all passengers and a sophisticated infotainment system with satellite navigation. And with a towing capacity of 3,500kg, the Discovery can tow just about anything.Search Used Land Rover Discovery
The Cayenne is a tow car offering the height of luxury. With superb handling and performance, this model offers the ultimate SUV driving experience. A diverse range of engines is available, with turbocharged petrols, diesels and even a few plug-in hybrids on the used market. The hybrids offer the appeal of low emissions and instantaneous throttle response, while the diesels will save you money on fuel. An economical yet exciting 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 Cayenne's powerful engines mean it is able to tow huge loads, with most variants having a huge towing capacity of 3,500kg.Search Used Porsche Cayenne
For drivers looking for a towing option that offers an excellent driving experience when the trailer is not in use, the BMW X5 is an ideal model. Designed more for impressive road performance than off-road adventures, the X5 ensures you will ride in comfort every time, thanks to a luxurious interior and air suspension as standard.
Recent variants are able to tow 2,700kg, meaning your X5 will likely be able to tow your trailer comfortably, and you can choose from latest generation (2018 onwards) or third generation (2014-18) models.
The X5 is ideal for families too, as interior space is generous and models with seven seats are available. The vast majority of used third generation models are diesel automatics, with the popular xDrive 30d engine delivering 254bhp.Search Used BMW X5
Mercedes' most popular SUV is an impressive vehicle, in terms of size, appearance and refinement. Known as the M-Class until 2015, the GLE's latest generation was launched this year, though third generation models (2015 onwards) are more common, and more attractive price-wise, on the used market. Choose between 250d and 350d diesel engines, both enhanced by 4MATIC all-wheel drive technology, resulting in huge towing capacities ranging between 2,900-3,265kg.
For its size, the GLE feels superbly planted whether on the motorway or on country roads, and the standard nine-speed automatic transmission comes equipped with paddle shifts on the steering wheel for increased driver involvement.Search Used Mercedes-Benz GLE
Currently in its second generation (2015 onwards), the Jaguar XF is available in saloon or estate guise - the latter is known as the XF Sportbrake - and is a highly attractive cruiser. With its smooth ride quality, executive interior and involving steering, the XF is ideal for the working professional who needs a commuting vehicle during the week but also likes to get away for weekend breaks in the caravan.
Options on the used market are predominantly diesel, with the cream of the crop towing-wise being the 2.0-litre, which develops 180bhp and has a maximum capacity of between 1,800kg-2,000kg.Search Used Jaguar XF
The current generation of the sophisticated BMW 5 Series was launched in 2016 and offers a wide range of engines in an estate or saloon shell. Drivers for whom towing capacity is a key requirement should strongly consider the 520d diesel. Most of these models can tow up to 2,000kg, and some come with the bonus of the xDrive all-wheel drive system.
The used market offers a great deal of M Sport models. These feature a black leather-trimmed interior with sporty features, 18-inch alloy wheels and a navigation system.Search Used BMW 5 Series
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
The Range Rover Sport has the premium quality you would expect of a Range Rover variant, plus tighter handling to suit driving enthusiasts. It is an impressive vehicle to behold in terms of both size and styling, and handles like a much smaller car. Needless to say, it is a heavyweight towing vehicle, with most models towing up to 3,500kg and boasting excellent off-road ability. Hardly surprising that it has an exulted reputation amongst caravan owners, then.
Popular engine choices include the 3.0-litre SDV6 diesel, which develops 306bhp for rapid motorway cruising and exhilarating country driving, yet still manages respectable fuel economy of 40mpg.
For those who would rather drive a saloon than a large estate or SUV, but still need to tow a trailer, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is ideal. With its premium image and the badge appeal of the three-pointed star, not to mention being the German manufacturer's most successful model series, this is a highly desirable vehicle even without its towing ability.
A range of petrol and diesel models are available on the used market, with the latter cars offering the appeal of strong economy figures. The popular C220d, for example, offers fuel consumption of up to 50mpg. Towing-wise, this model can pull up to 1,600kg.Search Used Mercedes-Benz C-Class
The Audi A6 is another stylish but nonetheless powerful towing option. Available as a saloon or an estate, the A6 offers a range of options depending on how heavy your trailer is. The vast majority of A6 models on the used market are powered by diesel engines, with the 2.0-litre engines able to tow 1,600kg and the 3.0-litre TDIs towing up to 2,000kg. For even more power, the A6 Allroad, designed for off-road driving and equipped with Quattro four-wheel drive, can tow an impressive 2,500kg, though these models are harder to find.
Interior practicality is good too, with plenty of boot space (which can be increased further by folding down the rear seats), and a spacious, high-quality cabin.Search Used Audi A6
The premium brands collectively offer a huge range of powerful SUVs, estates and saloons that can all play the role of a tow car. One blog could not possibly cover everything the used market has to offer towing-wise, so why not browse our used cars for more premium towing vehicles?Search Used Cars