Some of you may love the trill of an adventure in a caravan, while others may see them as a pest on the road! One thing is for sure, with all the uncertainty as to when we will be able to travel freely abroad, caravanning may be the best option for a holiday for the next little while! So, we thought it would be helpful if we made a compilation of the best value cars on the market for towing caravans! This will include the weight it can pull, pricing, the interior and boot space, and a list of other competitive options for that weight class.

Caravan Weight: 1,100kg: Renault Captur

A popular small family SUV with plenty of room for luggage and starting from less than £20k new, the Renault Captur is the perfect option for a smaller caravan, with three Isofix attachments and a 5-speed manual gearbox, keeping the number of shifts you will need to do to a minimum of those tricky A roads. The Captur also has impressive fuel economy stats, with the diesel models averaging around 60mpg and with 422-litres of boot space (1,275 with seats down), this car would be the perfect companion for a holiday at home!

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Alternatives:

Seat Arona SE 1.0 TSI: £19,485

Ford Puma ST-Line: £21,365

Jaguar I-Pace HSE: £70,000

Caravan Weight: 1,100 – 1,200kg: Seat Leon Estate

Tipping the favourite Golf Estate to the number 1 spot, the brilliant Seat Leon Estate! Coming in at around £22k, its only £1k more expensive than the hatchback and, considering how much more car you are getting, this is a pretty good deal! We highly recommend the 1.5-litre petrol with 150hp and a manual box. You will probably get around 40-50mpg but towing a caravan will obviously change that somewhat. Boot space is huge too, with 620-litres. All boxes ticked!

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Alternatives:

Nissan Qashqai 1.3 Manual: £15-20k

Vauxhall Astra Hatchback Business Edition Nav: £18,810

Volkswagen Golf Estate: £21,465

Caravan Weight: 1,200 – 1,300kg: Skoda Octavia Estate SE

With outstanding mpg statistics and the practicality of an estate car, this starts off well and continues from strength to strength. Starting from £21,105, the Octavia is not expensive, and you get plenty of bang for your buck with more space than its Golf counterpart and loads of equipment to keep the family comfortable on a long drive. It has 640-litres of boot space which jumps to 1,700 with the seats down, so even if you are taking all 7 dwarfs on holiday, you have the luggage space at least!

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Alternatives:

Dacia Duster Comfort Blue dCi 4x4: £17,905

ŠKODA Karoq SE L: £24,540

Mazda CX-30 Skyactiv-X: £33,500

Caravan Weight: 1,300 – 1,400kg: Skoda Superb Estate SE L Executive

This may look almost identical to the Octavia, but it is different, and very capable of taking you and your family on a nice caravanning holiday! Averaging around 50mpg and with a 66-litre petrol tank this car is made for long drives. We would recommend the 2.0-litre TDI model with VW’s DSG box and 150hp. The boot space is 633-litres (1,865 with seats down) and starting at around £30k, on the slightly more expensive side of the coin but it is worth it for all the extra trim you get! You’ll be grateful when you start to hear “Are we there yet?”

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Alternatives:

MG HS: £17,375

Nissan X-Trail 1.3 DIG-T DCT 2WD: £31,845

SEAT Ateca XPERIENCE Lux 2.0 TDI DSG 4DRIVE: £34,760

Caravan Weight: 1,400 – 1,500kg: Vauxhall Insignia SRi VX-Line

Solid and no-nonsense! The Insignia has been a family favourite for years now, and it will serve you well for a caravanning purpose too! It can carry a roof load up to 100kg and has a boot capacity of up to 490-litres. Not only that but you get a host of tech such as voice recognition, keyless entry and start and a wireless smartphone charger. You also get 2 extra USB sockets for the annoying teenager that never has charge in their phone!

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Alternatives:

MG HS Plug-in: £29,995

Isuzu D-Max Utah: £29,990

Caravan Weight: 1,500 – 1,700kg: Volvo XC40 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid 4WD

Of course, we had to put a Volvo here! Not only is this a plug-in hybrid, helping with fuel costs and economy, but it pulls like a dream and has 452-litres of boot space which is pushed up to 1,328 with the seats down. You are also promised Volvo’s famous reliability and safety features for your family’s peace of mind!

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Alternatives:

Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi ‘3’: £39,725

Jaguar XF Sportbrake 2.0 R-Sport (4WD): £42,130

Volvo XC90 4WD (diesel) R-design: £55,725

Caravan Weight: Over 1,700kg: Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid R-Design

Arguably the best overall for power delivery, practicality, and a fair price for what you are getting. Starting at £44,450 the re-charging hybrid comes with lots of luxury touches inside like leather seats, heated steering wheel, lowered suspension, and parking sensors all over the shop! You get 658-litres of boot space and an official figure of 156mpg! You will never hear this car struggling to pull anything, plus you have the wonderful feeling of driving a hybrid car that you know is not polluting as much!

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Alternatives:

Jaguar F-Pace 3.0 Sport: £53,565

Land Rover Defender D240: £53,830

Volkswagen Touareg Black Edition 3.0-litre V6 TDI 4MOTION: £59,865

We hope you can still enjoy your holidays with perhaps a little less sun than usual! But if you are planning on caravanning this wintertime, you know what to use to get you there! 

Posted 11/12/2020 Back to Blog

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