Best Estate Cars For Towing In 2021

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Looking for a car that rides a little lower and looks more professional than an SUV that can still tow heavy loads? We’ve listed some of the best estate cars for towing to consider in 2021. Read on to find out the key stats on each one and decide which is best for you.


1. Audi A6 Allroad Quattro

Best estate cars for towing - Audi A6 Allroad Quattro
  • Towing capacity: 2,500kg
  • Engine power: 245-340bhp
  • Kerb weight: 1,945-2,195kg

The Audi A6 Allroad is a fantastic tow car that is probably the best choice if you don’t want an SUV.

All models come with Audi‘s sophisticated Quattro all-wheel drive system and an air suspension which can be raised or lowered to suit your driving situation.


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2. Volkswagen Passat Estate 4Motion

Best estate cars for towing - Volkswagen Passat Estate
  • Towing capacity: 2,200kg
  • Engine power: 122-200bhp
  • Kerb weight: 1,390-1,770kg

Power and performance in the Volkswagen Passat Estate alone make it very adept at towing heavy loads. However, it’s a much more sensible, savvy alternative to the Audi which will make it attractive to those of you on a budget.

Specify the models with 4Motion for the best towing results as power will be delivered to all four wheels. What’s very impressive is how stable the car is even when you’re towing a trailer on the back. Just point where you want to go with the steering wheel and the Passat Estate will comply.


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3. Skoda Superb Estate

Best estate cars for towing - Skoda Superb Estate
  • Towing capacity: 2,200kg
  • Engine power: 150-280bhp
  • Kerb weight: 1,390-1,770kg

Choose the 2.0-litre diesel Skoda Superb Estate with four-wheel drive, 200bhp and the smooth DSG six-speed gearbox and you’ll be very impressed with its towing abilities.

Acceleration is smooth, while the grippiness of the four-wheel drive inspires plenty of driver confidence when carrying a trailer on the back.

Naturally, the Skoda Superb Estate is a huge car too so you don’t even have to travel light in the car either.


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4. Volvo V90

Best estate cars for towing - Volvo V90
  • Towing capacity: 2,200kg
  • Engine power: 197-350bhp
  • Kerb weight: 1,826-2,100kg

Few Estate cars are as smartly designed inside-out than the Volvo V90, but what we’re asking it to do isn’t to sit there and look pretty. Nope, we want to know how well it can pull its weight, and then some.

The good news is that it’s a lot more rugged than you might imagine. Torquey, diesel engines, plus a very smooth ride experience, make it ideal for long-distance journeys with a caravan on the back.


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5. BMW 5 Series Touring

Best estate cars for towing - BMW 5 Series Touring
  • Towing capacity: 2,000kg
  • Engine power: 184-333bhp
  • Kerb weight: 1,790-2,035kg

The BMW 5 Series Touring is one of our favourite all-round estate cars, combining BMW‘s typical classy design with powerful engines and a fun drive. It’s the ultimate functional and professional vehicle.

When it comes to towing it’s no pup, either. Those beefy engines, plus the car’s naturally heavy proportions give it a strong, stable base that will inspire any driver with confidence and make light work of towing.

We recommend looking at xDrive 4×4 models because power sent to all wheels makes pulling away on tougher surfaces very easy. Its tough build means there’s very little in the way of body lean too when changing direction, something which you want while towing a heavy trailer on the back.


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7. Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate

Best estate cars for towing - Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate
  • Towing capacity: 2,100kg
  • Engine power: 194-330bhp
  • Kerb weight: 1,795-2,145kg

Another vehicle that made our best Estate cars list, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate is about as good as they come. Luxury and space in the bucketloads, the E-Class Estate is also a very capable tow car thanks to its stability and speed.

Diesel and plug-in hybrid engines are available in the range, making for brilliant fuel-efficiency while at the same time delivering strong performance, particularly from low revs.

Plenty of engine torque and a smooth-shifting nine-speed gearbox means that the E-Class Estate can effortlessly hold good speed while towing a trailer.


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8. Volkswagen Golf Estate

Best estate cars for towing - Volkswagen Golf Estate
  • Towing capacity: 2,000kg
  • Engine power: 110-150bhp
  • Kerb weight: 1,295-1,616kg

The Volkswagen Golf Estate is the elongated, family-friendly version of the award-winning Golf hatch. It’s extremely efficient and features much of the fun driving dynamics of its smaller hatchback relative.

As well as having loads of passenger and luggage room, the Golf Estate is a very good tow car too. Specify the more powerful 2.0-litre diesel with 150bhp which starts on the Style spec and you’ll be more than happy with its muscular feel and 61mpg combined fuel economy. It’s also the go-to option if you want an extra bit of ‘oomph’ to pull a caravan or trailer.


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