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Best SUVs for towing 2024

We all like our family SUV to look good, however some buyers require a bit more substance. If you have heavy trailers or caravans to haul around, you’ll want something with plenty of torque and a good towing capacity. It also helps if the car is heavy to really show the caravan or trailer who’s boss.

Here’s a rundown of the top 10 towing SUVs.

Skoda Kodiaq (2017-2024)

1. Skoda Kodiaq

9/10
Skoda Kodiaq (2017-2024) review
Land Rover Defender 110

2. Land Rover Defender

9/10
Land Rover Defender 110 review

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Audi Q7

3. Audi Q7

8/10
Audi Q7 review
Battery range up to 34 miles
BMW X5

4. BMW X5

10/10
BMW X5 review
Battery range up to 45 miles
Land Rover Discovery

5. Land Rover Discovery

9/10
Land Rover Discovery review
Porsche Cayenne

6. Porsche Cayenne

8/10
Porsche Cayenne review
Range Rover Evoque

7. Range Rover Evoque

8/10
Range Rover Evoque review
Mercedes-Benz GLE

8. Mercedes GLE

7/10
Mercedes-Benz GLE review
Battery range up to 57 miles
Volkswagen Tiguan (2020-2023)

9. Volkswagen Tiguan

8/10
Volkswagen Tiguan (2020-2023) review
Dacia Duster (2017-2024)

10. Dacia Duster

6/10
Dacia Duster (2017-2024) review

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Advice about SUVs for towing

SUVS for towing FAQs

This depends entirely on which SUV you go for. The cheap and cheerful Dacia Duster will tow up to 1,500kg, whereas the more hardcore Land Rover Defender can haul up to three tonnes. It’s worth noting that both of the big caravanning clubs recommend towing no more than 85% of the car’s kerbweight, especially if you are new to towing. This helps to keep car and caravan (or trailer) stable at speed.

There are a selection of electric SUVs which can tow, however a lot of them won’t be able to pull as much as a petrol or diesel model. For example, the BMW iX3 has a towing capacity of 750kg, whereas the diesel powered xDrive 30d can tow up to 2,000kg. 

Some EVs have a decent towing capacity, such as the BMW iX at 2,500kg. Just keep in mind that hooking up a trailer will have a profound effect on the range. As a rough rule of thumb, reckon on halving the distance between charges compared with regular driving.

The Range Rover Evoque offers a towing capacity of up to 2,000kg, one of the highest of any small SUV on the market. It’s also got an upmarket cabin and looks great on the outside as well.