Best used cars for towing a caravan

Need a car to tow a caravan but don’t want to splash the cash on a new car? Here are some great used tow cars that cost less than £10,000

Gavin Braithwaite-Smith
Mar 11, 2022

Maybe you’re new to caravanning and you’re looking for your first tow car. Or perhaps you’re looking to replace your existing towing vehicle. Whatever the reason, we can help you find the best affordable used cars for the job.

You may have read our guide to the best new cars for towing a caravan, but what happens if your budget can’t stretch to something new? Well, you can always look for something on the used car market instead. To help you out, we’ve created this list of the best used cars that are up to the challenge of whisking you away for a well-earned break and cost less than £10,000.

We’ve included everything from a small yet mighty city car to a supersized SUV that’s a regular sight at caravan sites across the country. Best of all, the prices start from less than the cost of Britain’s cheapest new car. More money left in your pocket to spend on future caravanning holidays.

Best used cars for towing a caravan

1. Fiat Panda 4x4

Our pick Fiat Panda 0.9 TwinAir 4x4
Used deals from £6,795
Monthly finance from £0*

Kerbweight 1,050kgTowball limit -
Max towing weight 800kgPower/Torque 85hp/145Nm


The Fiat Panda 4x4 took class honours in the 2015 Caravan Club Towcar of the Year Awards. While the diesel engine is better suited to towing with a 900kg maximum towing capacity, they can be few and far between. The 0.9-litre 'TwinAir' model doesn't come too far behind, capable of towing up to 800kg.

Head to the hills of Tuscany or the mountainous regions of France and you’ll spot many examples of the Panda 4x4 in active service. Make no mistake, the little Italian will keep going long after a style-over-substance compact SUV has given up and returned to the main road.

Don’t expect much in the way of performance - the Panda 4x4 is sluggish even when it’s not towing a caravan - but running costs will be low, with up to 53mpg possible when there’s not a caravan hitched up to the back.


2. Honda HR-V

Our pick Honda HR-V 1.6 i-DTEC SE
Used deals from £10,790
Monthly finance from £0*

Kerbweight 1,324-1,404kgTowball limit 70kg
Max towing weight 1,400kgPower/Torque 120hp/300Nm


Buy a used Honda HR-V and you can ‘go large’. No, this doesn’t mean you can upgrade to a larger caravan. What it means is that you benefit from one of the most spacious compact SUV cabins in its class. It's packing the kind of boot space and rear seat accommodation that you'd expect to find in a much bigger model.

It scores well as a tow car, too, with the 1.6-litre diesel engine delivering plenty of punch, while offering the kind of fuel economy that ensures you won’t be constantly stopping to fill up on your way to the caravan park.

We’d recommend SE trim, which comes with the likes of front and rear parking sensors, a reversing camera and lane departure warning system, three things that could make life with a caravan just that little bit easier, although, of course, the rear parking sensors won't be of much use when you have a caravan on the tow bar.


3. Kia Cee'd Sportswagon

Our pick Kia Cee'd Sportswagon 1.6 CRDi 3
Used deals from £8,895
Monthly finance from £0*

Kerbweight 1,420kgTowball limit 75kg
Max towing weight 1,500kgPower/Torque 136hp/300Nm


Although we’re recommending the previous-generation Kia Cee'd Sportswagon that was built between 2012 and 2018 here, we’d have no trouble suggesting the current Ceed Sportswagon for towing a caravan. If nothing else, we’re pleased to see Kia has ditched the apostrophe from the name.

Don’t be fooled by the name, because there’s nothing remotely sporty about the Sportswagon, however - you won’t be the first to arrive at the campsite. The 1.6-litre diesel engine has been configured to deliver excellent economy and good mid-range punch. Ideal for caravan owners, then.

Practicality is good, with a decent size boot and a flush loading lip to make things easier when you’re packing your holiday gear. Kia's seven-year warranty is another practical addition and makes the older Cee'd model a wise choice since you can benefit from lower prices and still have warranty cover left, unless you go for one of the earliest models.


4. Seat Leon ST

Our pick Seat Leon ST 2.0 TDI FR Technology
Used deals from £8,790
Monthly finance from £0*

Kerbweight 1,415kgTowball limit 75kg
Max towing weight 1,600kgPower/Torque 184hp/380Nm


The Seat Leon ST was a class winner in the 2015 Caravan Club Towcar of the Year Awards. Seat’s family estate beat a host of SUVs to take the honours in the £20,000 to £25,000 category. Many years on, you’ll pay less than £10,000 to own this practical tow car.

ST stands for Sport Tourer, and unlike the Kia, the Seat Leon is able to deliver on the sporty promise. It’s as good to drive as the Leon hatchback, while the 2.0-litre 'TDI' diesel engine delivers an impressive blend of performance and economy.

The Cee’d Sportswagon offers slightly more boot space, but the rear seats in the Leon ST drop in seconds via a couple of levers in the luggage area. Opt for the 184hp version of the diesel engine in FR trim and you’ll benefit from a mighty 380Nm of pulling power and strong acceleration.


5. Ford Mondeo

Our pick Ford Mondeo 1.5 EcoBoost Titanium
Used deals from £8,240
Monthly finance from £355*

Kerbweight 1,485kgTowball limit 90kg
Max towing weight 1,250kgPower/Torque 160hp/240Nm


Remember when the Ford Mondeo was one of the most popular cars on the road? Today, it’s less exclusive than a BMW 3 Series, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worthy of your attention. On the contrary, the Mondeo is an impressive family car, with excellent refinement and comfort on the motorway and loads of space on the inside.

The version with the 1.5-litre turbocharged 'EcoBoost' petrol engine was named best petrol tow car at the 2015 Tow Car Awards, so it’s the ideal vehicle for towing a caravan if you don’t fancy something with a diesel engine. It’s a smooth and efficient engine, with a useful 240Nm of torque for towing duties.

We’d recommend the Titanium trim, which features the likes of front and rear parking sensors, sat-nav, road-sign recognition, lane-keeping assistance and automatic headlights. If you need some extra pulling power, the 2.0-litre TDCi diesel is an excellent choice, but either way, you’ll find prices start from less than £10,000.


6. Volkswagen Passat

Our pick Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TDI Bluemotion SE Business
Used deals from £10,000
Monthly finance from £0*

Kerbweight 1,475kgTowball limit 90kg
Max towing weight 2,000kgPower/Torque 150hp/340Nm


We recommended the rugged Passat Alltrack as one of the best new cars for towing a caravan, so it’s no surprise that we also consider the Volkswagen Passat to be one of the best used choices. However, you don’t necessarily need to splash the cash on the Alltrack.

The Passat is a multiple award-winning tow car, with judges praising the upmarket German car for its stability, pulling power, roominess and classy cabin. We’d agree, not least because it offers the quality you’d expect to find in an Audi or a BMW, but for a much lower price.

Opt for the 2.0-litre diesel and you’ll benefit from a substantial 340Nm of torque and up to 50mpg on a long journey. Meanwhile, the SE Business trim comes with a generous level of standard equipment, but we’d recommend looking for a car with the optional Trailer Assist. The system allows you to reverse the caravan using the mirror adjustment switch, which functions like a joystick, leaving you to focus on the steering and brakes.


7. Skoda Superb Estate

Our pick Skoda Superb Estate 2.0 TDI 150 SEL
Used deals from £9,500
Monthly finance from £0*

Kerbweight 1,410kgTowball limit 90kg
Max towing weight 2,000kgPower/Torque 150hp/340Nm


Whether you opt for the enormous estate or the humongous hatchback, the Skoda Superb is an excellent car for towing a caravan. It would be no exaggeration to say that the Superb can rival a Mercedes-Benz E-Class or Audi A6 Avant in terms of quality and space. It really is that good. And at a considerably lower price? How could you say no?

Even the hatchback offers more boot space than some estate cars, while the amount of rear legroom would shame a number of luxury cars. The cabin oozes quality, while the specification is excellent, especially if you opt for the SEL trim, which features the likes of heated seats, a 9.2-inch media system with sat-nav and xenon headlights.

Crucially, all-round visibility is excellent, which is useful when towing a caravan, while the 2.0-litre diesel engine delivers a terrific blend of muscle and economy. Used prices start from around £10,000, regardless of whether you opt for the hatchback or estate.


8. Land Rover Discovery

Our pick Land Rover Discovery 3.0 SDV6 SE Tech
Used deals from £18,395
Monthly finance from £794*

Kerbweight 2,622kgTowball limit 150kg
Max towing weight 3,500kgPower/Torque 256hp/600Nm


The previous-generation Land Rover Discovery, built between 2009 and 2017, is a giant of the towing world. It’s no surprise to discover that it has multiple tow car awards to its name, including the Caravan Club Tow Car of the Year Award in 2016. Even though it has been superseded by a new model, the old ‘Disco’ remains in high demand.

Thanks to a mighty 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine, standard-fit air suspension and four-wheel drive, the Discovery makes light work of towing even the largest caravan. It could probably tow your house to the campsite.

Not to be confused with a two-wheel-drive crossover that’s more at home on the road, the Land Rover Discovery is the real deal. Accomplished off-road, imperious on the road, with a huge amount of space in the cabin and the boot. It could be the only tow car you’ll ever need.


*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

Buyacar is a credit broker, not a lender. Our rates start from 6.9% APR. The rate you are offered will depend on your individual circumstances.


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