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Best Car for Towing 2019 – Kia Sportage

Find out why the Kia Sportage is the 2019 winner of our Best Car for Towing award.

Words by: First published: 9th May 2019
Towing is one of the hardest things you can ask a car to do. Put a big trailer or caravan behind your car, and you’ll most likely be doubling your weight, significantly reducing your stability and putting great strain on the mechanics of your car. No wonder, then, that towing can be a very stressful experience. That’s why stability was one of the biggest factors cited by owners as the reason for voting the Kia Sportage as the 2019 winner of our Best Car for Towing award.

Like all our awards, this category was decided by feedback collated from a survey of more than 60,000 car owners, all of whom rated their car in 16 key areas. That means an Auto Trader New Car Award is a real stamp of approval from people that live with the car day-in, day-out, and it makes each winner a true consumer champion.

As well as praising its stability, owners also rated the Sportage in first place for reliability, safety and features, and it also ranked in second place for durability, comfort and power.

Here are just a few of the comments owners made about the Sportage…
  • “Feels substantial on the road , sits well on the straight and feels safe rounding corners.”
  • “Build quality and driving comfort – 440-mile journeys in a single day are no problem.”
  • “I love the sitting up driving stance, the quality feel to the interior is excellent.”

Our experts are also impressed by the Sportage, and you can see why in our expert review. However, the Sportage didn’t manage to make our experts’ shortlist of the best tow cars – so what did?

Commenting on the Sportage’s victory in this category, Auto Trader’s road test editor, Ivan Aistrop, said: “Aside from its abilities as a tow car, the Sportage is also very accomplished in lots of other areas, which is why it’s one of the most popular cars of its type. It’s practical, good to drive, stylish and comes with an incredibly generous warranty.”

Will the Sportage have the tools to take the honours once again in 2020? Or will one of this year’s runners-up – the Volkswagen Tiguan and Land Rover Discovery – be able to go one better?

If you’re looking for a new car and you also fancy going on the pull (not like that!), you can find or configure your brand new Kia Sportage on Auto Trader right now.

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