Re: Economical Cars suitable for towing
Ford focus - please no!!! a 1.6 engine in anything wouldnt entertain a trailer let alone 2 horses inside it too!
You'd be looking at *at least* a 2.0ltr engine, 4x4, not soft 4x4 like the RAV4s, freelanders, kia sportage, honda CR-V (did you see the real rescue earlier this week... with a relatively small caravan? was on BBC1, i suggest iplayer if you didnt see it) ... you get the idea
I personally love my horses to bits and they now travel in style in a bedford TK lorry as my baby doesnt *do* trailers anymore but is a dream with a lorry. We did however tow with a disco, and i personally would not risk mine or my horses lives by towing with anything less than something with a 3500kg towing capacity - ie the bigger 4x4's as its just not worth it.
I believe, from knowledge of other vehicles (not the focus), that the focus would probably tow roughly a max of about 1000kg which wouldnt entertain a lightweight single trailer!
And i have since looked online at towing weights and i was correct, 1200kg TW for a 1.6 focus 5dr estate - so still not your average hatchback which i would assume you were thinking about?
No Ford vehicle is suitable to tow with, the Ranger is the best, although i still wouldnt risk my horses lives in it as it only has a max of 2800kg at the very most, which when they advise you stay within 85% of the kerb weight for SAFETY, it doesnt leave you much!!!
You'd get a similar tow from the Honda ... Jazz!!!!!! With the CR-V as a poor idea of a 4x4.
Im also under the impression that the Porsche Cayenne is a 3500kg also
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