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I need to tow a caravan, horse box, plant trailer or boat, what cars can tow the most weight?

I need to tow a caravan, horse box, plant trailer or boat, what cars can tow the most weight?
4th December 2019
What cars can tow the maximum amount of 3,500kg?

If you are looking at this article then you are probably considering a tow vehicle, so to help you decide on a short list, we thought a list of cars that have a great towing capacity would help.  These are the top ten vehicle that have models that can tow 3,500kg, some of these are now older models, but you get the idea;


Jeep Grand Cherokee

Land Rover Defender

Land Rover Discovery

Mercedes-Benz G-Class

Mitsubishi Shogun

Range Rover

SsangYong Rexton

Toyota Land Cruiser

Volkswagen Touareg

If you are looking to tow a caravan, horse box or large trailer, then you may not need such towing capacity and a large estate car, SUV or saloon may be more than enough and it will cost less to run.  For example, a typical caravan will weigh appx 1,300 1,500 kg, so a Skoda Superb 2.0 TDI SE L has a maximum braked towing limit of 2,000kg.

What can I tow on my standard UK driving licence?

If your licence was issued from the 1st January 1997 you can drive a car or van up to 3,500kg maximum authorised mass (MAM) towing a trailer of up to 750kg MAM. Or you can tow a trailer over 750kg MAM as long as the combined MAM of the trailer and towing vehicle is no more than 3,500kg.

If your licence was issued before the the 1st January 1997 then you are allowed to drive a vehicle and trailer combination up to 8,250kg MAM.   You’re also allowed to drive a minibus with a trailer over 750kg MAM.

MAM is the limit on how much the vehicle can weigh when it’s loaded. You have to pass the car and trailer driving test if you want to tow anything heavier - this is called a B+E test. You might need several lessons before you’re ready to take the test. 

If you are towing for business and if the total weight goes of 3,500kg, then you will need a tachograph.

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