Find the best SUV for towing

Whether you’re planning lots of exciting caravan holidays, you have a horse box to transport or you frequently need to tow a trailer, finding the right SUV will be a huge help. Get the lowdown on some of the most suitable vehicles out there in our guide to the best SUVs for towing.

How to tell if an SUV is a good fit

When you’re picking out an SUV with towing in mind, there are a few important things to look out for. One is the vehicle’s towing limit. This number lets you know the maximum amount of weight that particular SUV is legally allowed to tow – so it must exceed the weight of whatever it is you need towing! You’ll also want to pay attention to the engine power, as well as any additional extras, like air suspensions or even camera systems that make hooking up easier. Here are a few of our favourite options to get you started.

BMW X5 M Competition

With a high-performance M Twin Power Turbo 8-cylinder 4.4-litre biturbo petrol engine that offers a truly powerful 625hp, the BMW X5 M Competition is a great choice when you’ve got heavy things to tow. It has a towing capacity of 3,000kg braked and 750kg unbraked. One of the nicest things about this impressive SUV is the way that it handles like a car on tarmac, offering you a confident drive - which is especially appreciated when you’re towing.

Volkswagen Tiguan

The Volkswagen Tiguan is another strong contender, thanks to its powerful proportions and a muscular rear section perfect for towing. It has a towing capacity of 2500kg braked and 750kg unbraked. Overall, it’s a practical SUV that offers stable a experience. It’s also very comfy inside and has a great infotainment system, making it a great choice for families looking for a way to tow their caravan for those longer trips.

Nissan X-Trail

This five to seven-seater SUV not only has space for everyone, it’s also a great choice when you need to be able to tow something. The Nissan X-Trail may have a slightly lower towing capacity than some of its counterparts, coming in with a maximum capacity of 1,880kg braked, but the Nissan’s torque of 387lb ft ensures a powerful and smooth experience. The caravan towing mirrors are also easy to attach and it’s a relatively inexpensive option when you’re looking for a tow-worthy SUV.

Toyota RAV4

The Toyota RAV4 is a popular and robust SUV that’s another nice choice if you’re looking for something to tow your trailer or caravan. The towing capacity when braked is 1900kg and 750kg unbraked. It’s also a real ‘go anywhere’ vehicle, thanks to its unique combination of high torque and low emissions, making it perfectly suited to both country roads and city streets. It’s also got a lowered weight and centre of gravity, so it feels steady and stable while towing.

Want to try out an SUV for yourself? Book a test drive at Eastern Western and see which handles most to your liking.

Volkswagen Tiguan
Nissan X Trail
Toyota RAV4