THESE TOP FIVE LIGHTWEIGHT TOW VEHICLES ARE EASY ON THE ROAD, EASY UNDER LOAD AND EASY ON YOUR HIP POCKET!
Not everyone wants or needs a big tow tug. In fact, a lumbering vehicle can prove costly and restrictive when you’re driving it unhitched, but some nimble city cars really strain under tow. So we’ve come up with a list of top five lightweight vehicles well equipped for towing a camper trailer.
We’ve chosen 2000kg as the top hauling capacity for vehicles featured in this line-up. There are plenty of wagons and SUVs with a maximum 2000kg towing capacity (mostly the Euro models) but many have a 100kg maximum ball load (TBM) or less. Here, we’ve nominated only vehicles that have a TBM closer to 10 per cent. As about 80 per cent of car buyers today choose automatic over manual, we’ve knocked out manual-only tow vehicles, too.
This bunch has also been chosen for their practical nature; the ability to swallow a fair amount of gear – whether it be on dedicated roof racks or in the cargo area and for their good all-rounder appeal as a vehicle as suitable for the city peak hour trundle as it is hauling a camper on tour.
While many here are SUVs available as a 2WD, we’ve gone for the AWD versions where there’s an increased towing capacity by doing so – being all-wheel drive also opens up the options for beach or forestry trail forays.
Where a diesel option is offered – and where it’s a better engine than a petrol alternative – then that has been chosen as the oilers usually have more torque and are more fuel-efficient than petrols generally, which are important elements for a good tow vehicle.
An honourable mention that didn’t quite make the list – the Subaru Forester turbodiesel has everything going for it as a strong towing performer and is well in the ballpark with its 180kg/1800kg towing capacity but Subaru restricts towing speed to just 80km/h.
The Nissan X-Trail also misses out as the petrol auto has just 1500kg/150kg towing capacity while the 2000kg/200kg diesel is only available as a manual.