TOWING WITH SUBARU.
What drivers say…
Forester / Swift Challenger SE 570
Diesel 'Boxer' engine has an excellent range and will pull our caravan at a steady 55/60 mph whilst returning over 30 mpg. Also when dealing with steep hills, a quick drop down through the gears will maintain good momentum.
Forester / KIP EKV 37E
Great engine torque with a proper 4-wheel drive. The only vehicle to match it, which I have owned, was a Land Rover Defender and a Freelander but I don't need vehicles that big anymore. Adequate power without having an oversized engine. Good visibility to the rear. Rear camera so easy to hook up on one's own.
Forester / XPLORE 304 (13 ft. body)
Forester Turbo has plenty of power. The CVT gearbox is brilliant for towing - no clutch strain, full auto or full manual, as you choose. Full time 4WD is brilliant. The whole car is a very stable towing vehicle. X-Mode means no wheelspin when pulling out of mud or on wet grass.
Forester / Bailey Pegasus Genoa
It has proved to be an excellent towing vehicle for my van, very stable and smooth. The continuous four-wheel drive makes the unit very stable and not so liable to cross winds and passing large vehicles.
Forester / Lunar Clubman CK - overall length: 6mtrs
Very reliable, all wheel drive, good value. Since 1992 I have owned and towed with, seven Subaru's, including Legacy Turbo saloon, standard saloons, Legacy estates and Foresters. I have been happy with all of them. - When I had the saloon version other caravanners were amazed that I could tow my caravan through (sometimes) quite thick mud without any problem.
Forester / Swift Challenger 580, single axle MTPL 1650 kg
Having previously towed with an Outback we changed 1 months ago to a New Forester, which gave a slightly higher towing capacity. The Outback towed my caravan out of a sodden muddy field when a Land Rover failed. I find the Forester has tremendous torque throughout the gear range. Only last week I was surprised to be using 6th gear more often than I would expect on A roads.
Forester / Bailey Pegasus Milan 2, 4 Birth
The Subaru Forester is ideal for towing. I have the 2.00 DXC with the automatic/semi automatic box. I have now had the car for 18 months and have completed some 4500 miles of caravan towing with it. I live in the north of Scotland so I wanted a really good reliable 4WD that would be good towing in the snow as I use my caravan throughout the winter. The X mode is fantastic for towing in snowy conditions, so much so that I have only had to use my snow chains once! When towing on small lanes and needing more control the semi-automatic box provides excellent to change gear as selectively is absolutely effortless. It would be impossible to change gear in such a timely manner with a manual box. On the motorway towing the caravan is a dream - in automatic and with cruise control selected the car does all the work - I just point and steer! As an added bonus fuel economy (not always brilliant whilst towing) is better with cruise control set!
Outback / 2017 Lunar Clubman, overall length 7.315 metres, MTPLM 1470kg
Four-wheel drive (especially, useful on wet grass pitches or on gravelled pitches), good towing stability to maximum legal limit, ample torque for hill starts. Loads of boot space for dogs. This car has everything you need in a good tow car, 4 wheel drive, decent kerb weight, plenty of power & torque, room to carry plenty of kit & even a reversing camera to ease hitch up.
Outback / Lunar Ultima 570 , Lexon upgraded to Clubman spec. MTPLM. 1495kg. 7.348 metres
It has a very good power to weight ratio, very good torque in the diesel version, which I have, & a low centre of gravity, with its 4-wheel drive system it is ideal as a tow car. My 2015 Outback has a huge luggage capacity & is very comfortable. This car has everything you need in a good tow car, 4 wheel drive, decent kerb weight, plenty of power & torque, room to carry plenty of kit & even a reversing camera to ease hitch up.
Outback / Lunar Loxwood 544 - Length 7.25m - MTPLM 1350
Impressive kerb weight meaning a very stable towing experience combined with the four-wheel drive, which always gets you moving off wet muddy fields.
Outback / Bailey Pegasus 534
Fits the bill for easy towing. Auto gear box 4 wheel drive. Ample luggage space. Cruise control and eyesight. Enough power for all day towing and good petrol consumption.