Top 5: Tow Vehicles

So it’s finally holiday time and you’re off to the coast with your boat to visit the in-laws. Or perhaps your daughter got a new horse for Christmas? In both cases you have our sympathy.

Jokes aside though, here’s our little list of cars that can tow big loads, arranged by number of models and total weight. Please note that we based this list on manufacturer’s figures and advise that you confirm any data with your local retailer.

1) Land Rover

No fewer than four vehicles with the British green oval can schlep up to 3,500kg – the Defender, Discovery, Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. And all of them look completely at home next to a dressage arena.

2) Mercedes-Benz

Get yourself one of the big Mercedes-Benz SUV’s (G-Class, GL/GLS or ML/GLE) which all pull 3 tonnes without breaking a sweat. Even their sedans and hatchbacks aren’t bad for smaller loads.

3) Toyota

No big surprises here, the Japanese giant has lots to offer if you need to move a trailer, boat or a few trees. The big Land Cruiser 200 can tow 3.5t while the Hilux and Fortuner load depends on model and engine size.

4) Volkswagen

The people’s car champion is the Touareg which can also haul 3.5 tonnes, while every Amarok model manages at least 2,800kg and the Kombi / T5 does 2.5 tonnes. Even their hatchbacks and sedans do well.

5) Audi

If you think Audis are soft targets for bankers and insurance agents, think again. Every Q7 handles 3.5 tonnes and all Q5’s make it to at least 2,000kg. The TDi engines shared with VW make towing a pleasure!


Isuzu KB300 – 3,500kg
Porsche Cayenne – 3,500kg
Ford Ranger D/Cab – 3,350kg *
Mitsubishi Pajero LWB – 3,300kg
Lexus LX570 – 3,225kg
Nissan Pathfinder – 3,000kg *
Mitsubishi Pajero SWB – 2,800kg
BMW X5 / X6 – 2,700kg
Nissan Patrol – 2,500kg *
Toyota Land Cruiser Prado – 2,500kg *
Chevrolet Trailblazer – 2,480kg *
Foton Tunland – 2,250kg *
Jeep Grand Cherokee – 2,250kg *
Isuzu KB240 – 2,100kg
BMW 7 Series – 2,100kg
BMW X3 / X4 – 2,000kg *
Hyundai Santa Fe – 2,000kg
Infiniti QX50 / 70 – 2,000kg *
Kia Sorento – 2,000kg
Lexus GS – 2,000kg
Lexus LS460 – 2,000kg
Lexus RX – 2,000kg
Mercedes-Benz Viano – 2,000kg
Nissan Navara – 2,000kg
Renault Koleos – 2,000kg
BMW 5 Series – 2,000kg *
Subaru Legacy – 2,000kg


Can’t afford one of these powerful rides? Don’t dispair, neither can we.

Smaller or less powerful vehicles which can tow 1,500kg+: BMW 3-Series & X1, Chrysler Grand Voyager, Honda Accord & CR-V, Hyundai ix35, Infiniti Q70, Kia Sportage, Lexus IS350, Mazda BT50, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport & Triton, Nissan X-Trail, Ssangyong Korando & Actyon, Subaru Forester & Outback, Tata Xenon, Toyota RAV4, Volvo 60 Range & V40 Cross Country, VW CC.

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