Pulling power

Volk­swa­gen Car­avelle £45,540/£52,606

Top Gear (UK) - - GARAGE - OL­LIE MAR­RIAGE

Ihave a twin-axle trailer. It’s a hugely use­ful bit of kit for ev­ery­thing from gar­den clear­ance to, well, house clear­ance. Behind any nor­mal car it looks huge, behind the Car­avelle, you ask your­self why you’re both­er­ing. Well, chiefy be­cause I don’t want to be pick­ing leaves and mulch out of the trim for the rest of eter­nity.

It tows very ably, al­though be­ing front-drive I wouldn’t want to be pulling speed­boats up wet slip­ways with it. If that’s your cri­te­rion, then go for the 4Mo­tion ver­sion. One word of warn­ing for tow­ing, though: you won’t be able to open the tail­gate be­cause it swings out over such a wide arc. But 6,700 litres of bootspace with all the seats re­moved means you rarely need the £606 tow­bar. Take that, Skoda Su­perb (1,950 litres) or Merc E-Class (1,820 litres).

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