Weekend warrior, camper extraordinaire, equestrian enthusiast, avid mountain biker or Captain of your own boat. There are many reasons why you might want to tow something behind your car.

But can you just hook up a luxurious Swift caravan or a large horsebox to a Peugeot 108? Unfortunately, you cannot. 

Fortunately, we’ve gathered a list of some of the best towing cars on the market!

If you’re on the lookout for a new car with towing ability then this list is for you! We’ve looked into what cars perform particularly well for towing capacity and we’ve even sorted them according to their towing limit.

When you’re on the lookout for a car that can tow, you primarily need to consider the kerb weight of the vehicle vs the weight of what you’re towing. According to AA, the max load you should be towing depends on your driving experience with a load. The general guideline states that if you are new to towing, you should tow no more than 85% of your car’s kerb weight.

With this in mind, let’s have the LeaseFetcher favourites!

Despite the saloon-y looks, the Skoda Octavia is in fact a hatchback.  According to Top Gear, it’s the ‘leek and potato soup of cars’ - very simple and nice, but a bit boring if you like to make a statement! 

Sharing its chassis with the Seat Leon and the VW Golf, the Octavia is a strong contestant in the hatchback market, despite being slightly vanilla with its looks and interiors. 

The Octavia Hatchback, however, has won the Tow Car Awards a total of six times in its class! That’s right, six times! The Skoda is stable on the road, even with a load and handles really well up a slope and during hill starts. It’s one of the best tow cars on the market and a true towing superhero in its class! 

Pros:

  • Very affordable and good fuel economy.
  • Mahoosive practical boot space.

Cons:

  • In the Tow Car Awards, some of the drivers noticed a hot smell after reversing up a slope.
  • Nothing stands out in the Octavia - it’s a pretty boring car.
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Skoda Octavia Hatchback

29 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 2.0
  • Fuel: P, D
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 90 - 221g/km

From £166.88 Per Month

Initial Rental: £2,002.56 inc VAT
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Dacia Duster is perhaps the cheapest 4x4 ever made, and it is undeniably a bargain. That is if you can live with its looks and its mediocre specs. 

It’s not a nippy wee car and especially not when carrying a load, however, once you hit 60mph you can sit back and enjoy the journey whilst the soft suspension absorbs all of the imperfections on the motorway.

Despite not being the most rapid vehicle on the list, the Duster has a good hill start and performs well reversing up a slope with a load. Don’t go towing an 8 berth caravan though - the Duster is pretty lightweight.

Pros:

  • Cheapest four-wheel drive on the market.
  • Even when towing a load, the drive is very smooth.

Cons:

  • Only scored 3 out of 5 stars on the Euro NCAP crash test.
  • The Dacia is dirt cheap but unfortunately the looks have suffered because of this.
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Dacia Duster Estate

18 derivatives available

  • Doors: 3 - 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 1.6
  • Fuel: P, D, B
  • Body: 4x4
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: None

From £163.96 Per Month

Initial Rental: £1,475.64 inc VAT
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The Xc40 is an absolute stunner of an SUV. It’s got the looks, the roaring engine, that premium Scandinavian feel and a price tag to match.

Performance-wise, you can’t fault the Xc40. Even with a heavy load, the acceleration is powerful and you’ll have no issue changing lanes or going up steeper hills.

Despite being a compact SUV, the Volvo has a pretty substantial kerb weight meaning it can tow a decent load. 

Pros:

  • The looks, ex- and interior.
  • Traditional Swedish safety standards that are way above average, a perfect family car.

Cons:

  • It’s pricey.

The boot space is on the small side compared to the class standard.

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Volvo Xc40 Estate

55 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 2.0
  • Fuel: P, D, X
  • Body: Estate
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 38 - 166g/km

From £274.20 Per Month

Initial Rental: £2,467.80 inc VAT
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You have likely seen the new Ateca roam the streets. It’s a snazzy looking cheaper alternative to the VW Tiguan and it’s a pretty sweet ride.

The diesel engine is powerful and there’s enough muscle to overtake - even when you’re going caravanning. Actually, the towing capabilities are pretty impressive and the extra bit of weight doesn’t seem to really bother the Ateca on the road. 

Inside this el coche, the cabin is well designed and very practical with neatly installed towing gear and a helpful reversing camera. The boot, however, doesn’t quite match competitors with its only 510-litre capacity. 

Pros:

  • Very reasonably priced.
  • Top of the class handling - even with load.
  • Scored the full five stars in the Euro NCAP crash test.

Cons:

  • When trimming up, the prices increase fast.
  • A bigger car should equal a bigger boot, this is not the case here.
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Seat Ateca Estate

48 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 2.0
  • Fuel: P, D
  • Body: Estate
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: None

From £173.52 Per Month

Initial Rental: £2,082.24 inc VAT
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If you’re swayed by the rapidly growing SUV market, make sure you take an estate car like the Focus for a ride before you make a decision. Similarly priced estates often have cheaper price tags and are more economical and more fun.

The Focus engine handles well enough, however, isn’t the fastest at accelerating with a heavy load. Averaging at 33mpg whilst towing, it was awarded best fuel economy in the 2019 Tow Car Awards. 

With regards to the body style and design, you either love it or you loathe it. The big Ford grille and the revisited body definitely is an improvement from the older Focus but it’s all pears and apples. If you like it, you like it - and we do!  

Pros:

  • Won the Tow Car Awards for best fuel economy. 
  • Unique styling. 

Cons:

  • The entry-level model lacks equipment.

When towing, the Focus isn’t quite as stable as competitors.

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Ford Focus Estate

78 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 2.0
  • Fuel: P, B, D, F
  • Body: Estate
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: None

From £216.05 Per Month

Initial Rental: £1,296.30 inc VAT
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Timeless, inoffensive, practical and a phenomenal car to tow with. 

Similar to the Volkswagen Passat, the Arteon’s coupe-styled fastback might not be the most obvious tow car but it does a really good job of it. Whatever the weather and ride throw at it, be it strong side winds, high speeds or lane changes, the Arteon is unflappable.

Not only is the Arteon a superb tow car, but it’s also Volkswagens answer to the slightly upmarket Audi S5 Sportback. Although the drive doesn’t quite match its competitors (BMW 4 Series and the Audi S5), the Arteon is a premium feel car with impressive towing capability!

Pros:

  • Overall winner of the 2019 Tow Car Awards.
  • Practicality above average. 

Cons:

  • Premium price.
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Volkswagen Arteon Fastback

19 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 2.0
  • Fuel: P, D
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: None

From £239.26 Per Month

Initial Rental: £2,871.12 inc VAT
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Also on our list of best executive cars, the 5 Series touring by BMW is a classy and powerful contestant in the tow car market. 

With one of the absolute best automatic gearboxes on the market, the 520d holds speed remarkably well and is exceptionally stable even with a heavy caravan hooked on the tow bar. 

On the inside, passengers are spoiled for tech, features and comfort, even the people on the rear seat.

Pros:

  • Awarded tow car of the year in the 2018 Tow Car Awards.
  • Exceptionally stable.

Cons:

  • With a beemer badge comes a beemer price.
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BMW 5 Series Touring

36 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 4.8
  • Fuel: P, D
  • Body: Estate
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: None

From £289.99 Per Month

Initial Rental: £3,479.88 inc VAT
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The British-made Discovery is the heavy load pick of the litter! For this premium Land Rover, comfort, control and luxury come hand in hand. 

Even in extreme manoeuvres and when overtaking, the Discovery puts its closest contestants, BMW X5 and VW Touareg, to the test and takes the win.

If you’re considering leasing a Land Rover Discovery, do yourself a favour and go for a test drive to sit in the cabin. While you’re at it, it would be daft not to take it for a spin too. The cabin is top of the range and with seven seats, it makes a perfect car for even a large family. 

Pros:

  • Even at high speed, the Discovery cabin is serene. 
  • Cabin flexibility is unparalleled. You can have 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, or 2 seats. 

Cons:

  • Very premium-priced.
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Land Rover Discovery SW

13 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 4.0
  • Fuel: D, P
  • Body: 4x4
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 189 - 397g/km

From £497.81 Per Month

Initial Rental: £4,480.29 inc VAT
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This list has probably given you some food for thought, but here are a few final reminders to watch out for when looking for a new tow car. 

If you’re towing anything in particular, be sure you choose a car that can swing the towing weight. No point bringing home a slick Volvo if it can’t haul the yacht.