Volkswagen

Volkswagen

Tested Volkswagens

Volkswagen (VW) have the largest total of wins since the Towcar of the Year competition started over 35 years ago, with a whopping total of 34 awards!  Six of those awards have been for the overall win - the Santana (1980), Golf (2001 and 2010), Jetta Sport 2.0 TDI DSG (2012 and 2013) Volkswagen Passat Estate Alltrack 2.0TDI 4MOTION 150PS (2017).

Through the 1990s and 2000s, Volkswagen have scooped up many class wins for variants of the Golf, Polo, Jetta, Passat, Touareg, Tiguan and the CC GT. The top performances continued in 2018 and 2019 with Volkswagen taking class and category wins.

See Volkswagen Touareg R-Line Tech 3.0 V6 TDI 4MOTION 286PS auto tiptronic statistics

5-door SUV, Volkswagen retractable towbar

Performance

  • Diesel (42.8mpg solo)
  • 6 cylinders, 2967cc engine
  • 8 gears, automatic
  • All-wheel drive
  • Power (bhp@rpm): 282@3500-4000
  • Torque (lb/ft@rpm): 443@1750-3000
  • 40 - 60mph acceleration (towing): 6.3 seconds

Weights for towing

  • Kerbweight (kg): 2070
  • Gross vehicle (kg): 2850
  • Caravan (kg): 1760
  • Noseweight (kg): 140

Pricing

  • From £49,135 - £59,275
  • £60,315 (price as tested) includes £1,120 towing gear charges
  • Total of first three years’ car tax: £2,210
  • Insurance group: 42E
  • CO2 g /km: 173
  • Towable with B licence: Unlikely (max caravan/trailer MTPLM 650kg) but B+E required for caravan/trailer heavier than this

See Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Amarok Trendline 3.0 V6 TDI 4MOTION 204PS auto statistics

Double cab pick-up, Volkswagen fixed towbar

Performance

  • Diesel (34.9mpg solo)
  • 6 cylinders, 2967cc engine
  • 8 gears, automatic
  • All-wheel drive
  • Power (bhp@rpm): 201@3000-4500
  • Torque (lb/ft@rpm): 368@1250-1750
  • 40 - 60mph acceleration (towing): 9.0 seconds

Weights for towing

  • Kerbweight (kg): 2320
  • Gross vehicle (kg): 3290
  • Caravan (kg): 1972
  • Noseweight (kg): 140

Pricing

  • From £25,825 - £39,985
  • £34,899 includes £372 towing gear charges
  • Total of first three years’ car tax: £780
  • Insurance group: 41E
  • CO2 g /km: 212
  • Towable with B licence: unlikely (max caravan/trailer MTPLM 210kg) but B+E required for caravan/trailer heavier than this

See Volkswagen T-Cross SE 1.0 TSI 115PS DSG statistics

5-door SUV, Volkswagen detachable towbar

Performance

  • Petrol (57.6mpg solo)
  • 3 cylinders, 999cc engine
  • 7 gears, auto
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Power (bhp@rpm): 113@5000-5500
  • Torque (lb/ft@rpm): 148@2000-3500
  • 40 - 60mph acceleration (towing): 10.8 seconds

Weights for towing

  • Kerbweight (kg): 1270
  • Gross vehicle (kg): 1750
  • Caravan (kg): 1080
  • Noseweight (kg): 55

Pricing

  • From £16,995 - £26,740
  • £21,835 (price as tested) includes £780 towing gear charges
  • Total of first three years’ car tax: £460
  • Insurance group: 10E
  • CO2 g /km: 111
  • Towable with B licence: Yes

See Volkswagen Polo SEL 1.0 TSI 115PS DSG statistics

5-door hatch, Volkswagen retractable towbar

Performance

  • Petrol (57.6mpg solo)
  • 3 cylinders, 999cc engine
  • 7 gears, automatic
  • Front wheel drive
  • Power (bhp@rpm): 113@5000-5500
  • Torque (lb/ft@rpm): 148@2000-3500
  • 40 - 60mph acceleration (towing): 10.1 seconds

Weights for towing

  • Kerbweight (kg): 1190
  • Gross vehicle (kg): 1660
  • Caravan (kg): 1012
  • Noseweight (kg): 50

Pricing

  • From £15,735 - £23,160
  • £21,100 (price as tested) includes £795 towing gear charges
  • Total of first three years’ car tax: £440
  • Insurance group: 11E
  • CO2 g /km: 111
  • Towable with B licence: Yes

See Volkswagen Arteon Elegance 2.0-litre TDI SCR 150PS manual statistics

5-door coupe, Volkswagen retractable towbar

Performance

  • Diesel (64.2mpg solo)
  • 4 cylinders, 1968cc engine
  • 6 gears, manual
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Power (bhp@rpm): 148@3500-4000
  • Torque (lb/ft@rpm): 340@1750-3000
  • 40 - 60mph acceleration (towing): 12.5 seconds

Weights for towing

  • Kerbweight (kg): 1614
  • Gross vehicle (kg): 2140
  • Caravan (kg): 1372
  • Noseweight (kg): 90

Pricing

  • From £35,085 - £42,115
  • £37,132 (price as tested) includes £1,217.50 towing gear charges
  • Total of first three years’ car tax: £500
  • Insurance group: 22E
  • CO2 g /km: 115
  • Towable with B licence: Marginal within the Club’s 85% guidelines, B+E is just necessary to fully utilise the braked towing limit (by 12kg)

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Performance

  • Petrol (58.9mpg solo)
  • 3 cylinder, 999cc engine
  • 7 gear, DSG
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Power (bhp@rpm): 113@5000-5500   
  • Torque (lb/ft@rpm): 148@2000-3500
  • 40 - 60mph acceleration (towing): 10.75 seconds

Weights for towing

  • Kerbweight (kg): 1190
  • Gross vehicle (kg): 1660
  • Caravan (kg): 1012
  • Noseweight (kg): 50

Pricing

  • From £14,235 to £23,020
  • £20,699.50 (price as tested) includes £789.50 towing gear charges
  • Insurance group: 11E
  • CO2 g /km: 109
  • Towable with B licence: Yes

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Performance

  • Diesel (56.5mpg solo)
  • 4 cylinder, 1984cc engine
  • 6 gear, manual
  • All-wheel drive
  • Power (bhp@rpm): 148@3500-4500
  • Torque (lb/ft@rpm): 251@1750-3000
  • 40 - 60mph acceleration (towing): 10.2 seconds

Weights for towing

  • Kerbweight (kg): 1505
  • Gross vehicle (kg): 2020
  • Caravan (kg): 1279
  • Noseweight (kg): 80

Pricing

  • From £18,955 to £33,850
  • CO2 g /km: 132
  • £29,980 (price as tested) includes £810.50 towing gear charges
  • Towable with B licence: Yes within the Club’s 85% guidelines, B+E is necessary to fully utilise the braked towing limit

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Performance

  • Diesel (47.9mpg solo)
  • 4 cylinder, 1968cc engine
  • 7 gear, automatic
  • All-wheel drive
  • Power (bhp@rpm): 187@3500-4000
  • Torque (lb/ft@rpm): 295@1900-3300
  • 40 - 60mph acceleration (towing): 10.3 seconds

Weights for towing

  • Kerbweight (kg): 1845
  • Gross vehicle (kg): 2420
  • Caravan (kg): 1568
  • Noseweight (kg): 100

Pricing

  • From £29,515 to £40,615
  • £39,840 (price as tested) includes £730 towing gear charges
  • Insurance group: 23E
  • CO2 g /km: 153
  • Towable with B licence: B licence unlikely (max caravan/trailer MTPLM 1080) but B+E required for caravan/trailer heavier than this

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Performance

  • Diesel (33.6mpg solo)
  • 6 cylinder, 2967cc engine
  • 8 gear, automatic
  • All-wheel drive
  • Power (bhp@rpm): 254@3250-4000
  • Torque (lb/ft@rpm): 428@1400-3000
  • 40 - 60mph acceleration (towing): 6.8 seconds

Weights for towing

  • Kerbweight (kg): 2178
  • Gross vehicle (kg): 3290
  • Caravan (kg): 1851
  • Noseweight (kg): 140

Pricing

  • From £30,455 to £42,233
  • £43,191 (price as tested) includes £448 towing gear charges
  • Insurance group: 42E
  • CO2 g /km: 220
  • Towable with B licence: B licence unlikely (max caravan/trailer MTPLM 210) but B+E required for caravan/trailer heavier than this

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Performance

  • Diesel (42.8mpg solo)
  • 6 cylinder, 2967cc engine
  • 8 gear, automatic
  • All-wheel drive
  • Power (bhp@rpm): 282@3500-4000
  • Torque (lb/ft@rpm): 442@2250-3250
  • 40 - 60mph acceleration (towing): 6.65 seconds

Weights for towing

  • Kerbweight (kg): 2070
  • Gross vehicle (kg): 2850
  • Caravan (kg): 1760
  • Noseweight (kg): 140

Pricing

  • From £51,595 to £58,195
  • £62,175 (price as tested) includes £1,120 towing gear charges
  • Insurance group: 42E
  • CO2 g /km: 173
  • Towable with B licence: B licence unlikely (max caravan/trailer MTPLM 650) but B+E required for caravan/trailer heavier than this

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Performance

  • Diesel (62.8mpg solo)
  • 4 cylinder, 1968cc engine
  • 6 gear, automatic
  • Front-wheel drive
  • 5 door hatch
  • Power (bhp@rpm):  148@3500-4000
  • Torque (lb/ft@rpm):  251@1750-3000
  • 30 - 60mph acceleration (towing):  11.6 seconds

Weights for towing

  • Kerbweight (kg):  1421
  • Gross vehicle (kg):  2260
  • Caravan (kg):  1208
  • Noseweight (kg):  80

Pricing

  • £27,835 (price as tested)
  • Insurance group:  20E
  • CO2 g /km:  117
  • Towable with B licence: Yes

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Performance

  • Diesel (54.3mpg solo)
  • 4 cylinder, 1968cc engine
  • 7 gear, automatic
  • All-wheel drive
  • Power (bhp@rpm):  182@3500-4000
  • Torque (lb/ft@rpm):  280@1750-3250
  • 30 - 60mph acceleration (towing):  10.1 seconds

Weights for towing

  • Kerbweight (kg):  1576
  • Gross vehicle (kg):  2260
  • Caravan (kg):  1340
  • Noseweight (kg):  80

Pricing

  • £32,860 (price as tested)
  • Insurance group:  23E
  • CO2 g /km:  137
  • Towable with B licence: Yes but B+E licence required for any caravan/trailer over 1410kg MTPLM

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Performance

  • Diesel (57.6mpg solo)
  • 4 cylinder, 1968cc engine
  • 6 gear, automatic
  • All-wheel drive
  • Power (bhp@rpm):  148@3500-4000
  • Torque (lb/ft@rpm):  251@1750-3000
  • 30 - 60mph acceleration (towing):  13.6 seconds

Weights for towing

  • Kerbweight (kg):  1670
  • Gross vehicle (kg):  2260
  • Caravan (kg):  1420
  • Noseweight (kg):  90

Pricing

  • £34,535 (price as tested)
  • Insurance group:  19E
  • CO2 g /km:  130
  • Towable with B licence: Yes but B+E licence required for any caravan/trailer over 1240kg MTPLM

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Performance

  • Diesel (38.2mpg solo)
  • 4 cylinder, 1984cc engine
  • 7 gear, automatic
  • All-wheel drive
  • Power (bhp@rpm):  178@3940-6000
  • Torque (lb/ft@rpm):  236@1500-3940
  • 30 - 60mph acceleration (towing):  14.7 seconds

Weights for towing

  • Kerbweight (kg):  1862
  • Gross vehicle (kg):  2260
  • Caravan (kg):  1583
  • Noseweight (kg):  100

Pricing

  • £34,555 (price as tested)
  • Insurance group:  21E
  • CO2 g /km:  170
  • Towable with B licence: Yes but B+E licence required for any caravan/trailer over 1240kg MTPLM

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Performance

  • Diesel (36.2mpg solo)
  • 6 cylinder, 2967cc engine
  • 8 gear, automatic
  • All-wheel drive
  • Power (bhp@rpm):  221@3000-4500
  • Torque (lb/ft@rpm):  406@1400-2750
  • 30 - 60mph acceleration (towing):  9.2 seconds

Weights for towing

  • Kerbweight (kg):  2178
  • Gross vehicle (kg):  2260
  • Caravan (kg):  1851
  • Noseweight (kg):  140

Pricing

  • £39,607 (price as tested)
  • Insurance group:  42E
  • CO2 g /km:  204
  • Towable with B licenceB+E licence required for any trailer over 210kg

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Performance

  • Engine: D/4/1968
  • 6 gear MAN
  • All-wheel drive
  • Power (bhp@rpm): 152@3500-4000
  • Torque (lb ft@rpm): 251@1750-3000
  • 40 - 60mph acceleration (towing):10.45 seconds 

Weights for towing

  • Kerbweight (kg): 1670
  • Gross vehicle (kg): 2260
  • Caravan weight (kg): 1420
  • Noseweight (kg): 90

Pricing

  • Price: £33,605
  • Insurance group: 19E
  • CO2 g /km: 30
  • Towable with B licence: Yes but B+E licence required for any caravan/trailer over 1450kg MTPLM

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Performance

  • Engine: D/4/1968
  • 6 Gear MAN
  • All-wheel drive
  • Power (bhp@rpm): 152@3500-4000
  • Torque (lb/ft@rpm): 251@1750-3000
  • 40 - 60mph acceleration (towing): 10.25 seconds

Weights for towing

  • Kerbweight (kg): 1555
  • Gross vehicle (kg): 
  • Caravan weight (kg): 1322
  • Noseweight (kg): 80

Pricing

  • From £30,400
  • Insurance group: 17E
  • CO2 g /km: 125
  • Towable with B licence: Yes but B+E licence required for any caravan/trailer over 1450kg MTPLM

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Performance

  • Engine: Diesel / No. of cylinders:  D/4/1968
  • Automatic
  • Power (bhp@rpm): 148@3500-4000
  • Torque (lb/ft@rpm): 251@1750-3000
  • 40 - 60mph acceleration (towing): 8.3 seconds

Weights for towing

  • Kerbweight (kg): 1448
  • Gross vehicle (kg): 1960
  • Caravan weight (kg): 1231
  • Noseweight (kg): 75

Pricing

  • On the Road Price: £23,390
  • Total Test price: £24,740
  • Extras fitted:  VW Factory fit towbar including 13 pin electric socket (£645); Rear view camera (£165)
  • Price range: Volkswagen Jetta S 1.4-litre TSI BMT (£18,270) to Volkswagen Jetta GT 2.0-litre TDI BMT DSG (£24,170)
  • Insurance group: 22E
  • CO2 g /km: 120
  • Towable with B licence: Yes

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Performance

  • Engine: Diesel / No. of cylinders:  D/4/1968
  • 6 Gear AUT
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Power (bhp@rpm): 188@3500-4000
  • Torque (lb/ft@rpm): 295@1750-3000
  • 40 - 60mph acceleration (towing): 8 seconds

Weights for towing

  • Kerbweight (kg): 1581
  • Gross vehicle (kg): 2170
  • Caravan weight (kg): 1344
  • Noseweight (kg): 90

Pricing

  • Price: £30,420
  • Extras Fitted: Retractable towbar and electrics (13 pin socket) (£875); Trailer Assist (£465)
  • Price range: Volkswagen Passat Estate 1.6 TDI S 5d (£23,870) to Volkswagen Passat Estate 2.0 BiTDI SCR R Line 4MOTION 5d DSG (£37,170)
  • Insurance group: 22E
  • CO2 g /km: 120
  • Towable with B licence: Yes, if caravan/trailer tent weight is reduced.

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Performance

  • Engine: Diesel / No. of cylinders: D/6/2967
  • 8 gears/AUT
  • All-wheel drive
  • Power (bhp@rpm): 258@3800-4000
  • Torque (lb/ft@rpm): 428@1750-2500
  • 40 - 60mph acceleration (towing): 7 seconds

Weights for towing

  • Kerbweight (kg):  2185
  • Gross vehicle (kg): 2880
  • Caravan weight (kg): 1857
  • Noseweight (kg): 100

Pricing

  • On the Road Price: £48,405
  • Total Test price: £49,175
  • Extras fitted: Retractable towbar including 13 pin electric socket (£770)
  • Price range: Volkswagen Touareg  3.0 V6 TDI BlueMotion Tech (262bhp) Response 5d Tip Auto (£35,805) to Volkswagen Touareg 3.0 V6 TDI BlueMotion Tech (262bhp) R Line 5d Tip Auto (£48,405
  • Insurance group: 43E
  • CO2 g /km: 174
  • Towable with B licence: No

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Performance

  • Engine: Diesel / No. of cylinders: D/4/1968
  • 6 Gear AUT
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Power (bhp@rpm): 148@3500-4000
  • Torque (lb/ft@rpm): 236@1750-3000
  • 40 - 60mph acceleration (towing): 9.3 seconds

Weights for towing

  • Kerbweight (kg): 1492
  • Gross vehicle (kg): 1990
  • Caravan weight (kg): 1268
  • Noseweight (kg): 80

Pricing

  • Price: £27,505
  • Insurance group: 17E
  • CO2 g /km: 122
  • Towable with B licence: Yes

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Performance

  • Engine: Diesel/No. of cylinders 4/cc. 1968
  • 6 Gear AUT
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Power (bhp@rpm): 138@3800
  • Torque (lb/ft@rpm): 236@1750-2500
  • 40 - 60mph acceleration (towing): 9.3 seconds

Weights for towing

  • Kerbweight (kg): 1441
  • Caravan weight (kg): 1225
  • Noseweight (kg): 75

Pricing

  • Price: £24,185
  • Insurance group: 17E
  • CO2 g /km: 138
  • Towable with B licence: Yes