Caravan Towcar Guide
What to look for in a towcar
The great thing about a caravan is that it’s like a holiday home on wheels. You can take it just about anywhere. There’s no need to worry about booking a room or flight, if you don’t like where you are, you can just haul your holiday home somewhere else.
Of course, a major part of this freedom is the car you use to tow your caravan. When choosing a tow car, there are a number of important factors to consider.
For a start, the size of your caravan will have a significant bearing on what type of tow car you opt for – or vice versa.
The weight of caravan, by law, must not be greater than the towing capacity of the car, so this is worth keeping in mind if you have a caravan and are setting about choosing the right tow car.
Fuel efficiency is another key feature of your towcar. A car with a good mpg rate will of course save you money, but make sure it’s also able to tow your caravan. Other important driving-related factors you may want to look at include whether the car is four-wheel drive or not. A four-wheel drive car will give you more grip and help keep car and caravan nice and steady on the road.
A highly-popular towcar with the caravanning community is the Volkswagen Jetta TDI 1.6 105P. The Jetta has twice been named Towcar of the Year by the Caravan Club and despite limited storage space, has a lot going for it as a towcar.
In terms of price, it’s one of the more affordable towcars on the road at just over £19,000 and it also scores highly for fuel efficiency at 67.3mpg on a combined cycle.
There are towcars with a great maxium towing limit and the 1400kg top end figure of the Jetta means it can’t be considered for big twin-axle caravans.
A relatively low towing capacity is also an issue with the otherwise popular Nissan Qashqai (4WD 2.0 dCi 150ps). Despite having a slightly smaller towing limit than the Jetta – 1350kg – it does come with four-wheel drive, which can help over less forgiving terrain and provide extra grip, and also a lot more storage space.
It also has a higher driving position and a reasonable fuel efficiency of 41.5mpg, although the price of £25,895 can seem a bit steep for some.
Land Rover Discovery 4
Of course, if money isn’t really an issue, then the Land Rover Discovery 4 (TDV6 3.0 Auto) trumps the lot. A highly-sought after towcar, the Discovery comes with the Land Rover’s famed four-wheel drive system, which almost guarantees excellent off-road performance. It has a greater maximum towing limit than the Jetta and Qashqai put together, with a whopping 3500kg comfortably able to tow almost any caravan.
There’s also a wealth of storage space and it is probably one of the most reliable towcars out there.
However, fuel efficiency makes it very costly to run with the 33.2mpg it offers meaning regular trips to the filling station.
Of course, the fact that the price kicks off at just over £38,000 will put it out of reach for a lot of caravan users but maybe with the savings you make on your caravan insurance at Cruckley.co.uk, you’ll find it a little more affordable.