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SUV towing capacity 2022: how much can my SUV tow?


How much can your SUV tow? We list the towing capacities of every SUV and 4WD sold on the Australian market

Many buyers considering a new SUV have plans to tow. Whether it’s a small trailer to help take unwanted items to the tip once a year or a brand new boat or caravan, one of the key selling features of a crossover or 4WD is the ability to haul something behind it.

Manufacturers in Australia can choose to have the towing capacity of their vehicle certified, or they can opt to not have the car rated for towing at all. The latter is rare, as you’ll see in our list below.

In order to be legal, it’s important to respect the gross combination mass of the vehicle and to not tow more than the braked towing capacity allows for.

We’ve compiled a helpful list of all new SUVs and 4WD wagons on sale in Australia in 2022. Sorted by manufacturer, in A-Z form, you’ll find the towing capacity of every SUV on the market here.

But first, let’s review a few highlights:

Toyota Land Cruiser 300 2022 front 3/4 towing
A relatively short list of SUVs and 4WDs can tow 3500kg braked – including the new Toyota Land Cruiser

Maxing it out: every SUV and 4WD rated for 3.5-tonne towing

If you’re looking for the maximum towing capacity on any SUV, you’ll need a vehicle rated to tow 3500kg braked. Here’s our handy list of all 20 new SUVs and 4WDs currently rated to tow 3.5 tonnes.

3500kg towing SUVs-1

Towing with an electric vehicle

More and more fully-electric SUVs are being rated for towing capacity – this used to be rare. The new BMW iX may not be to everybody’s visual tastes, but it can tow up to 2500kg, while the Audi E-tron range can haul 1800kg.

The popular Hyundai Ioniq 5 can tow 1600kg, while the Volvo XC40 Pure Electric can haul 1500kg. The BMW iX3 and Kia Niro Electric can handle 750kg and 300kg respectively.

Meanwhile, the Hyundai Kona Electric, Jaguar I-Pace, Lexus UX 300e, Mazda MX-30 E35, Mercedes-Benz EQA and Mercedes-Benz EQC remained unrated for towing.

Polestar 2 2022 black towing
An increasing number of EVs are rated to tow, including Volvo and Polestar products

Alfa Romeo SUV towing capacities

Italian luxury brand Alfa Romeo sells just one SUV globally – the Stelvio midsize crossover. It’s rated for two-tonne towing in four-cylinder guise, but the hot 2.9-litre Quadrifoglio model is not rated for towing.

Alfa Romeo modelEngineBraked towing capacity
Stelvio base model, Stelvio Sport2.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder2000kg
Stelvio Veloce2.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder2000kg
Stelvio Quadrifoglio2.9-litre twin-turbo petrol V6Not rated for towing

Aston Martin SUV towing capacities

Sharing Mercedes-AMG’s four-litre V8 engine, the Aston Martin DBX can tow up to 2700kg.

Aston Martin modelEngineBraked towing capacity
DBX4.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V82700kg
2020 Audi Q7 Matador Red side
All grades of the Audi Q7 can tow 3500kg

Audi SUV towing capacities

It pays to carefully check your Audi SUV’s towing capacity, as these can vary by engine and grade. Performance versions can occasionally tow a little more. Don’t be caught out by the fact that the Q5 50 TDI, despite running a three-litre diesel V6, is not rated to tow more than the four-cylinder versions. Helpfully, every grade of the Q7 and Q8 large SUVs are rated to tow 3500kg.

Audi modelEngineBraked towing capacity
E-tron 50230kW dual-motor electric1800kg
E-tron 55265kW dual-motor electric1800kg
E-tron S320kW dual-motor electric1800kg
Q2 35 TFSI1.5-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder1500kg
Q2 40 TFSI2.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder1500kg
SQ22.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder1600kg
Q3 35 TFSI1.4-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder1800kg
Q3 40 TFSI2.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder1800kg
RSQ32.5-litre turbo petrol five-cylinder1900kg
Q5 40 TDI2.0-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder2000kg
Q5 45 TFSI2.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder2000kg
Q5 50 TDI3.0-litre turbo diesel V62000kg
SQ5 TDI3.0-litre turbo diesel V62000kg
Q7 45 TDI3.0-litre turbo diesel V63500kg
Q7 50 TDI3.0-litre turbo diesel V63500kg
Q7 55 TFSI3.0-litre turbo petrol V63500kg
SQ7 TDI4.0-litre twin-turbo diesel V83500kg
Q8 50 TDI3.0-litre turbo diesel V63500kg
Q8 55 TFSI3.0-litre turbo petrol V63500kg
SQ84.0-litre twin-turbo diesel V83500kg
RSQ84.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V83500kg

Bentley SUV towing capacities

All specifications of the Bentley Bentayga large luxury SUV can tow 3500kg.

Bentley modelEngineBraked towing capacity
Bentayga W126.0-litre twin-turbo petrol W123500kg
Bentayga Diesel4.0-litre twin-turbo diesel V83500kg
Bentayga V84.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V83500kg
BMW X5 M Competition 2020 blue front end
Beware: choosing the BMW X5 M sees its towing capacity fall compared to the standard X5 versions

BMW SUV towing capacities

BMW’s new all-electric iX can tow up to 2500kg, while most X5, X6 and X7 grades can handle the full 3500kg. Watch out, though: opting for the full-fat X5 M and X6 M sees towing capacity cut by a considerable margin, while the electric iX3 is capable of towing just 750kg.

BMW modelEngineBraked towing capacity
iX xDrive40240kW dual-motor electric2100kg
iX xDrive40 Sport240kW dual-motor electric2500kg
iX xDrive50 Sport385kW dual-motor electric2500kg
iX3 M Sport210kW single-motor electric750kg
X1 sDrive18i1.5-litre turbo petrol three-cylinder1800kg
X1 sDrive18d2.0-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder1800kg
X1 sDrive20i2.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder1800kg
X2 sDrive18i1.5-litre turbo petrol three-cylinder1700kg
X2 sDrive20i2.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder1800kg
X2 M35i2.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder1800kg
X3 sDrive20i2.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder2000kg
X3 xDrive20d2.0-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder2000kg
X3 xDrive30i2.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder2000kg
X3 xDrive30e2.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder plug-in hybrid2000kg
X3 M40i3.0-litre turbo petrol straight six2000kg
X3 M Competition3.0-litre twin-turbo petrol straight six2000kg
X4 xDrive20i2.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder2400kg
X4 xDrive30i2.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder2400kg
X4 M40i3.0-litre turbo petrol straight six2400kg
X4 M Competition3.0-litre twin-turbo petrol straight six2000kg
X5 xDrive25d2.0-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder3500kg
X5 xDrive30d3.0-litre turbo diesel straight-six3500kg
X5 xDrive40i3.0-litre turbo petrol straight-six3500kg
X5 xDrive45e3.0-litre turbo petrol straight-six plug-in hybrid3500kg
X5 M50i and X5 M50i Pure4.4-litre turbo petrol V83500kg
X5 M Competition4.4-litre twin-turbo petrol V82700kg
X6 xDrive30d3.0-litre turbo diesel straight-six3500kg
X6 xDrive40i3.0-litre turbo petrol straight-six3500kg
X6 M50i and X6 M50i Pure4.4-litre turbo petrol V83500kg
X6 M Competition4.4-litre twin-turbo petrol V82700kg
X7 xDrive30d3.0-litre turbo diesel straight-six3500kg
X7 M50i4.4-litre turbo petrol V83500kg
Alpina XB74.4-litre twin-turbo petrol V83500kg
Alpina XD33.0-litre twin-turbo diesel straight six2400kg

Citroen SUV towing capacities

Citroen’s single SUV model in Australia, the C5 Aircross, can tow 1200kg.

Citroen modelEngineBraked towing capacity
C5 Aircross Feel and C5 Aircross Shine1.6-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder1200kg

Fiat SUV towing capacities

The SUV-esque Fiat 500X can handle towing 1200kg.

Fiat modelEngineBraked towing capacity
500X Pop and 500X Pop Star1.4-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder1200kg
Ford Everest Basecamp 2021 white front end
The four-cylinder Everest can tow a little more than the older five-cylinder version

Ford SUV and 4WD towing capacities

The biturbo four-cylinder version of the Ford Everest off-road wagon can tow a little more than its five-cylinder sibling. Buyers of the Escape midsize SUV who want to tow would best avoid the incoming plug-in hybrid, which suffers a big cut in towing capacity compared to the two-litre turbo versions.

Ford modelEngineBraked towing capacity
Escape base model, Escape ST-Line and Escape Vignale2.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder1800kg
Escape ST-Line PHEV2.5-litre petrol four-cylinder plug-in hybrid1200kg
Everest Ambiente, Everest Trend and Everest Sport (with 3.2-litre)3.2-litre turbo diesel five-cylinder3000kg
Everest Trend, Everest Sport and Everest Titanium (with 2.0-litre)2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel four-cylinder3100kg
Puma, Puma ST-Line and Puma ST-Line V1.0-litre turbo petrol three-cylinder1100kg

Genesis SUV towing capacities

It’s easy to remember the towing capacity of the Genesis GV70 midsize SUV and Genesis GV80 large SUV – they’re 2200kg and 2722kg respectively, no matter which of the many grades you opt for in each model.

Genesis modelEngineBraked towing capacity
GV70, GV70 Luxury and GV70 Sport Line (with 2.5-litre)2.5-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder2200kg
GV70, GV70 Luxury and GV70 Sport Line (diesel)2.2-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder2200kg
GV70 Sport (V6)3.5-litre twin-turbo petrol V62200kg
GV80 and GV80 Luxury ( 2.5-litre)2.5-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder2722kg
GV80 and GV80 Luxury (diesel)3.0-litre turbo diesel straight-six2722kg
GV80 and GV80 Luxury (V6)3.5-litre twin-turbo petrol V62722kg
Haval Jolion 2021 front end
The Haval Jolion small SUV is rated to tow 1500kg

GWM Haval SUV towing capacities

Haval’s small SUV, the Jolion, can tow one-and-a-half tonnes, while the midsize H6 can handle 2000kg.

Haval modelEngineBraked towing capacity
H6 Premium, H6 Lux and H6 Ultra2.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder2000kg
Jolion Premium, Jolion Lux and Jolion Ultra1.5-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder1500kg

Honda SUV towing capacities

Buyers of the Honda CR-V midsize SUV who intend to tow best avoid the seven-seater version, which cops a 500kg discount in its towing ability.

Honda modelEngineBraked towing capacity
CR-V Vi1.5-litre petrol four-cylinder1500kg
CR-V VTi, CR-V VTi X, CR-V VTi L and CR-V VTi LX (5 seat versions)1.5-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder1500kg
CR-V VTi 7 and CR-V VTi L71.5-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder1000kg
HR-V VTi, HR-V VTi-S, HR-V RS and HR-V VTi-LX1.8-litre petrol four-cylinder800kg
Hyundai IONIQ 5 2022 rear 3/4 static
Fit a towbar to the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and it can haul up to 1600kg

Hyundai SUV towing capacities

All versions of the Hyundai Santa Fe large SUV can helpfully handle 2500kg towing, while the larger Palisade can only manage 2200kg. Buyers seeking out one of Hyundai’s all-electric models would best avoid the unrated Kona Electric and opt for an Ioniq 5 instead.

Hyundai modelEngineBraked towing capacity
Ioniq 5 RWD160kW single-motor electric1600kg
Ioniq 5 AWD225kW dual-motor electric1600kg
Kona, Kona Active, Kona Elite and Kona Highlander (FWD versions)2.0-litre petrol four-cylinder1300kg
Kona N Line and Kona N Line Premium1.6-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder1250kg
Kona Electric150kW single-motor electricNot rated for towing
Kona N and N Premium2.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder1600kg
Nexo120kW hydrogen fuel-cell electricNot rated for towing
Palisade, Palisade Elite and Palisade Highlander (petrol versions)3.8-litre petrol V62200kg
Palisade, Palisade Elite and Palisade Highlander (diesel versions)2.2-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder2200kg
Santa Fe, Santa Fe Active, Santa Fe Elite and Santa Fe Highlander (petrol versions)3.5-litre petrol V62500kg
Santa Fe, Santa Fe Active, Santa Fe Elite and Santa Fe Highlander (diesel versions)2.2-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder2500kg
Tucson, Tucson Elite and Tucson Highlander (2WD versions)2.0-litre petrol four-cylinder1650kg
Tucson Elite and Tucson Highlander (AWD petrol versions)1.6-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder1650kg
Tucson Elite and Tucson Highlander (diesel versions)2.0-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder1900kg
Venue, Venue Active and Venue Elite1.6-litre petrol four-cylinder800kg

Isuzu 4WD towing capacities

All versions of the new Isuzu MU-X wagon can handle 3500kg towing.

Isuzu modelEngineBraked towing capacity
MU-X LS-M, MU-X LS-U and MU-X LS-T3.0-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder3500kg

Jaguar SUV towing capacities

Unlike their Land Rover cousins, which can often handle 3500kg towing, Jaguar towing capacities max out at 2400kg in all versions of the large F-Pace crossover.

Jaguar modelEngineBraked towing capacity
E-Pace P22502.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder1800kg
E-Pace P3002.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder1800kg
F-Pace D3003.0-litre turbo diesel straight-six2400kg
F-Pace P2502.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder2400kg
F-Pace P4003.0-litre turbo petrol straight-six2400kg
F-Pace SVR5.0-litre supercharged petrol V82400kg
I-Pace EV400294kW dual-motor electricNot rated for towing
Jeep Grand Cherokee S Limited 2021 full frontal
The outgoing Grand Cherokee diesel isn’t being replaced – eliminating a 3500kg towing-capable vehicle from the brand’s lineup

Jeep SUV and 4WD towing capacities

There are many subtle differences in towing capacity across the Jeep range, so choose carefully depending on your needs. The outgoing diesel-powered Grand Cherokee remains the most flexible, offering 3500kg towing.

Jeep modelEngineBraked towing capacity
Cherokee Sport2.4-litre petrol four-cylinder1500kg
Cherokee Limited, Cherokee S-Limited and Cherokee Trailhawk3.2-litre petrol V62200kg
Compass, Compass Limited, Compass 80th Anniversary and Compass S-Limited2.4-litre petrol four-cylinder1000kg
Compass Launch Edition (FWD)2.4-litre petrol four-cylinderNot rated for towing
Compass Trailhawk2.0-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder1500kg
Grand Cherokee Night Eagle and Grand Cherokee S-Limited (petrol V6 versions)3.6-litre petrol V62268kg
Grand Cherokee Night Eagle, Grand Cherokee S-Limited, Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and Grand Cherokee S-Overland (diesel versions)3.0-litre turbo diesel V63500kg
Grand Cherokee SRT6.4-litre petrol V82268kg
Grand Cherokee Trackhawk6.2-litre supercharged petrol V82949kg
Wrangler Sport S, Wrangler Overland and Wrangler Rubicon3.6-litre petrol V61497kg
Wrangler Unlimited Night Eagle, Wrangler Unlimited Overland and Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon3.6-litre petrol V62495kg

Kia SUV towing capacities

Despite sharing many components with the Hyundai Santa Fe, the Kia Sorento can’t quite match that SUV for towing – Kia’s version can only do 2000kg. That said, even the small Seltos can take more than a tonne behind it.

Kia modelEngineBraked towing capacity
Niro Hybrid S and Niro Hybrid Sport1.6-litre petrol four-cylinder1300kg
Niro PHEV S and Niro PHEV Sport1.6-liter petrol four-cylinder plug-in hybrid1300kg
Niro Electric S and Niro Electric Sport150kW single-motor electric300kg
Seltos S, Seltos Sport and Seltos Sport Plus (FWD versions)2.0-litre petrol four-cylinder1100kg
Seltos GT-Line1.6-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder1250kg
Sorento S, Sorento Sport, Sorento Sport Plus and Sorento GT-Line (petrol versions)3.5-litre petrol V62000kg
Sorento S, Sorento Sport, Sorento Sport Plus and Sorento GT-Line (diesel versions)2.2-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder2000kg
Sorento GT-Line PHEV1.6-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder plug-in hybrid1350kg
Sportage S, Sportage SX and Sportage SX Plus (FWD versions)2.0-litre petrol four-cylinder1650kg
Sportage S, Sportage SX, Sportage SX Plus and Sportage GT-Line (diesel versions)2.0-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder1900kg
Sportage SX Plus and Sportage GT-Line (AWD petrol versions)1.6-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder1650kg
Stonic S and Stonic Sport1.4-litre petrol four-cylinder800kg
Stonic GT-Line1.0-litre turbo petrol three-cylinder900kg

Lamborghini SUV towing capacities

The Urus “super-SUV” has not been rated for towing in Australia.

Lamborghini modelEngineBraked towing capacity
Urus4.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V8Not rated for towing
2020 Land Rover Defender 110 Hero
All versions of the Land Rover Defender can tow 3500kg – even the ’90’ shorties

Land Rover SUV and 4WD towing capacities

Many models within the Land Rover lineup are capable of 3500kg towing, including every specification of Defender, Discovery, full-fat Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. Careful, though: the Discovery Sport and Evoque can be more limiting than you might expect, while the Range Rover Velar tops out at 2400kg.

Land Rover modelEngineBraked towing capacity
Defender 90 D250, Defender 110 D3003.0-litre turbo diesel straight-six3500kg
Defender 90 P300, Defender 110 P3002.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder3500kg
Defender 90 P400, Defender 110 P4003.0-litre turbo petrol straight-six3500kg
Defender 90 P525, Defender 110 P5255.0-litre supercharged petrol V83500kg
Discovery D3003.0-litre twin-turbo diesel straight-six3500kg
Discovery P3603.0-litre twin-turbo petrol straight-six3500kg
Discovery Sport D165 and Discovery Sport D2002.0-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder2200kg
Discovery Sport P200 and Discovery Sport P2502.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder2000kg
Range Rover D300 and Range Rover D3503.0-litre turbo diesel straight-six3500kg
Range Rover P4003.0-litre turbo petrol straight-six3500kg
Range Rover P5304.4-litre twin-turbo petrol V83500kg
Range Rover Evoque D2002.0-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder1800kg
Range Rover Evoque P200 and Range Rover Evoque P2502.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder1800kg
Range Rover Sport D250, Range Rover Sport D300 and Range Rover Sport D3503.0-litre turbo diesel straight-six3500kg
Range Rover Sport PHEV2.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder plug-in hybrid3500kg
Range Rover Sport P4003.0-litre turbo petrol straight-six3500kg
Range Rover Sport P5255.0-litre supercharged petrol V83500kg
Range Rover Sport P575 SVR5.0-litre supercharged petrol V83500kg
Range Rover Velar D2002.0-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder2400kg
Range Rover Velar P2502.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder2400kg
Range Rover Velar P4003.0-litre turbo petrol straight-six2400kg

Lexus SUV towing capacities

Lexus RX buyers who want to tow best avoid the RX 450hL, which isn’t rated for towing – but the brawny RX 350 can take 1500kg. Still, these numbers aren’t the best in the midsize SUV class. The next-generation Lexus LX will arrive in 2022 with 3500kg towing.

Lexus modelEngineBraked towing capacity
NX 2502.5-litre petrol four-cylinder1000kg
NX 3502.4-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder1000kg
NX 350h2.5-litre petrol four-cylinder hybrid1500kg
NX 450h+2.5-litre petrol four-cylinder plug-in hybrid1000kg
RX 3002.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder1000kg
RX 350 and RX 350 L3.5-litre petrol V61500kg
RX 450h3.5-litre petrol V6 hybrid1500kg
RX 450hL3.5-litre petrol V6 hybridNot rated for towing
UX 2002.0-litre petrol four-cylinder750kg
UX 250h2.0-litre petrol four-cylinder hybridNot rated for towing
UX 300e150kW single-motor electricNot rated for towing

Maserati SUV towing capacities

Maserati’s Levante SUV can handle towing a decently heavy load in all specifications.

Maserati modelEngineBraked towing capacity
Levante, Levante GranLusso, Levante GranSport, Levante S GranLusso and Levante S GranSport3.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V62700kg
Levante GTS and Levante Trofeo3.8-litre twin-turbo petrol V82825kg
Mazda CX-9 GT SP 2021 Polymetal Grey driving
The CX-9 can take two tonnes behind it

Mazda SUV towing capacities

Relatively modest towing capacities feature across Mazda’s SUV lineup, but the diesel CX-8 and turbo-petrol CX-9 top out the list at 2000kg each.

Mazda modelEngineBraked towing capacity
CX-32.0-litre petrol four-cylinder1200kg
CX-30 G20 and G20e2.0-litre petrol four-cylinder1200kg
CX-30 G252.5-litre petrol four-cylinder1200kg
CX-30 X202.0-litre petrol four-cylinder1200kg
CX-5 Maxx and CX-5 Maxx Sport (FWD versions)2.0-litre petrol four-cylinder1800kg
CX-5 Maxx, CX-5 Maxx Sport, CX-5 Touring, CX-5 GT and CX-5 Akera (2.5-litre AWD versions)2.5-litre petrol four-cylinder1800kg
CX-5 GT, CX-5 GT SP and CX-5 Akera (turbo petrol versions)2.5-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder1800kg
CX-5 Maxx Sport, CX-5 Touring, CX-5 GT and CX-5 Akera (diesel versions)2.2-litre twin-turbo diesel four-cylinder1800kg
CX-8 Sport, CX-8 Touring and CX-8 Touring SP (FWD petrol versions)2.5-litre petrol four-cylinder1800kg
CX-8 Sport, CX-8 Touring, CX-8 Touring SP, CX-8 GT and CX-8 Asaki (diesel versions)2.2-litre twin-turbo diesel four-cylinder2000kg
CX-92.5-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder2000kg
MX-30 G20e2.0-litre petrol four-cylinder800kg
MX-30 E35107kW single-motor electricNot rated for towing

Mercedes-AMG SUV towing capacities

Careful, AMG GLE buyers: the coupe version is heavily restricted in maximum towing capacity compared to the more traditional wagon body, which can handle 3500kg.

Mercedes-AMG modelEngineBraked towing capacity
GLA35 and GLA452.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinderNot rated for towing
GLB352.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder1800kg
GLC433.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V62000kg
GLC634.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V82000kg
GLE53 (wagon-body)3.0-litre twin-turbo petrol straight-six3500kg
GLE63 (wagon-body)4.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V83500kg
GLE53 (coupe-body)3.0-litre twin-turbo petrol straight-six2700kg
GLE63 (coupe-body)4.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V82700kg
GLS634.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V83500kg
Mercedes-Benz G400d 2021 climbing
The straight-six diesel Mercedes-Benz G400d can tow 3500kg

Mercedes-Benz SUV and 4WD towing capacities

The Mercedes-Benz GLS and G-Wagen are capable of hauling 3500kg behind them, but GLE buyers wanting the same level of capability will need to look into the AMG range to match that weight.

Mercedes-Benz modelEngineBraked towing capacity
EQA250140kW single-motor electricNot rated for towing
EQC400300kW dual-motor electricNot rated for towing
G400d3.0-litre twin-turbo diesel straight-six3500kg
GLA2001.3-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder1800kg
GLA2502.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder2000kg
GLB2001.3-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder1800kg
GLB2502.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder2000kg
GLC2002.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder2000kg
GLC3002.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder2000kg
GLC300e2.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder plug-in hybrid2000kg
GLE300d2.0-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder2700kg
GLE4503.0-litre turbo petrol straight-six2700kg
GLE400d3.0-litre turbo diesel straight-six2700kg
GLS4503.0-litre turbo petrol straight-six3500kg
GLS400d3.0-litre turbo diesel straight-six3500kg
GLS600 Maybach4.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V83500kg

MG SUV towing capacities

Few of MG’s SUVs are rated for towing in Australia at present, and those that are are limited to 500kg.

MG modelEngineBraked towing capacity
HS Core, HS Vibe, HS Excite and HS Essence1.5-litre turbo petrol four-cylinderNot rated for towing
HS Excite X and HS Essence X2.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinderNot rated for towing
HS PHEV Essence1.5-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder plug-in hybridNot rated for towing
ZS Excite1.5-litre petrol four-cylinder500kg
ZS EV Essence105kW single-motor electricNot rated for towing
ZST Excite and ZST Essence1.3-litre turbo petrol three-cylinder500kg
ZST Core and ZST Vibe1.5-litre petrol four-cylinder500kg

Mini SUV towing capacities

About half the Mini Countryman range is rated for towing, and 1500kg isn’t bad for a small SUV.

Mini modelEngineBraked towing capacity
Countryman Cooper1.5-litre turbo petrol three-cylinder1500kg
Countryman Cooper S2.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder1500kg
Countryman JCW2.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinderNot rated for towing
Countryman Cooper SE1.5-litre turbo petrol three-cylinder plug-in hybridNot rated for towing
Mitsubishi’s Triton-based Pajero Sport can tow three tonnes

Mitsubishi SUV and 4WD towing capacities

Relatively generous towing capacity features across the Mitsubishi lineup, capped by the Pajero Sport 4WD that can handle 3100kg.

Mitsubishi modelEngineBraked towing capacity
ASX ES, ASX ES-L, ASX MR, ASX ES Plus, ASX LS2.0-litre petrol four-cylinder1300kg
ASX MR Plus, ASX GSR, ASX XLS Plus, ASX Exceed2.4-litre petrol four-cylinder1300kg
Eclipse Cross ES, Eclipse Cross LS, Eclipse Cross XLS, Eclipse Cross XLS Plus, Eclipse Cross Aspire, Eclipse Cross Exceed (turbo petrol versions)1.5-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder1600kg
Eclipse Cross PHEV ES, Eclipse Cross PHEV Aspire, Eclipse Cross PHEV Exceed2.4-litre petrol four-cylinder plug-in hybrid1500kg
Outlander ES, Outlander LS, Outlander Aspire, Outlander Exceed, Outlander Exceed Tourer2.5-litre petrol four-cylinder1600kg
Outlander PHEV ES, Outlander PHEV GSR, Outlander PHEV Exceed2.4-litre petrol four-cylinder plug-in hybrid1500kg
Pajero Sport GLX, Pajero Sport GLS (2WD versions)2.4-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder3000kg
Pajero Sport GLX, Pajero Sport GLS, Pajero Sport Exceed, Pajero Sport GSR (4WD versions)2.4-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder3100kg

Nissan SUV and 4WD towing capacities

The brawny Nissan Patrol can tow 3500kg, but all of the brand’s SUVs are rated for some level of hauling ability.

Nissan modelEngineBraked towing capacity
Juke1.0-litre turbo petrol three-cylinder1250kg
Patrol5.6-litre petrol V83500kg
Qashqai2.0-litre petrol four-cylinder1200kg
X-Trail ST (manual version)2.0-litre petrol four-cylinder1500kg
X-Trail ST, X-Trail ST Plus, X-Trail ST-L, X-Trail Ti2.5-litre petrol four-cylinder1500kg

Peugeot SUV towing capacities

Peugeot buyers needing to tow are best advised to choose a diesel-powered 3008 or 5008, which lead the range in terms of capability.

Peugeot modelEngineBraked towing capacity
2008 Allure, 2008 GT and 2008 GT Sport1.2-litre turbo petrol three-cylinder1200kg
3008 Allure and 3008 GT1.6-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder1550kg
3008 GT Sport1.6-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder1500kg
3008 GT (diesel version)2.0-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder1750kg
3008 GT Sport PHEV1.6-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder plug-in hybrid1250kg
5008 GT (petrol version)1.6-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder1350kg
5008 GT (diesel version)2.0-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder1800kg
Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT 2022-2
Buyers may be surprised to learn most versions of the Porsche Cayenne can tow 3500kg

Porsche SUV towing capacities

There are subtle differences across the range, but every Porsche Cayenne can tow at least 3000kg – while the Macan lineup is rated at 2000kg towing capability.

Porsche modelEngineBraked towing capacity
Cayenne and Cayenne E-hybrid (wagon versions)3.0-litre turbo petrol V63500kg
Cayenne S (wagon version)2.9-litre twin-turbo petrol V63500kg
Cayenne GTS and Cayenne Turbo (wagon version)4.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V83500kg
Cayenne Turbo S E-hybrid (wagon version)4.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V83000kg
Cayenne (coupe version)3.0-litre turbo petrol V63000kg
Cayenne E-hybrid (coupe version)3.0-litre turbo petrol V63500kg
Cayenne S (coupe version)2.9-litre twin-turbo petrol V63000kg
Cayenne GTS (coupe version)4.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V83500kg
Cayenne Turbo and Cayenne Turbo S E-hybrid (coupe versions)4.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V83000kg
Cayenne Turbo GT4.0-litre twin-turbo petrol V83500kg
Macan2.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder2000kg
Macan S and Macan GTS2.9-litre twin-turbo petrol V62000kg

Renault SUV towing capacities

The Renault Koleos can tow a reasonably impressive two tonnes, while the new Arkana small SUV is limited to just 900kg.

Peugeot modelEngineBraked towing capacity
Arkana1.3-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder900kg
Captur1.3-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder1200kg
Koleos2.5-litre petrol four-cylinder2000kg

Rolls-Royce SUV towing capacities

With 2700kg towing, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan could technically tow a pretty nice boat or caravan behind it.

Rolls-Royce modelEngineBraked towing capacity
Cullinan6.75-litre twin-turbo petrol V122700kg

Skoda SUV towing capacities

All Skoda SUVs can tow, with the Kodiaq promising a decently impressive 2000kg capacity.

Skoda modelEngineBraked towing capacity
Kamiq Ambition1.5-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder1200kg
Kamiq Monte Carlo and Kamiq Signature1.5-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder1250kg
Karoq Style1.4-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder1500kg
Karoq Sportline2.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder1900kg
Kodiaq Style, Kodiaq Sportline and Kodiaq RS2.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder2000kg

Ssangyong SUV towing capacities

Despite packing a relatively modest four-cylinder engine, the Ssangyong Rexton SUV can handle 3500kg towing.

Ssangyong modelEngineBraked towing capacity
Korando EX, Korando ELX and Korando Ultimate (petrol versions)1.5-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder1500kg
Korando Ultimate (diesel version)1.6-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder2000kg
Rexton2.2-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder3500kg
2021 Subaru Outback AWD range
Subaru certified the new Outback with 2000kg towing

Subaru SUV towing capacities

Avoid Subaru’s new hybrid models if you intend to tow reasonably heavy loads. The petrol version of the Forester promises 1800kg towing ability, while the new Outback is rated at 2000kg despite the deletion of diesel and six-cylinder power.

Subaru modelEngineBraked towing capacity
Forester (petrol versions)2.5-litre petrol four-cylinder1800kg
Forester (hybrid versions)2.0-litre petrol four-cylinder hybrid1200kg
Outback2.5-litre petrol four-cylinder2000kg
XV (petrol versions)2.0-litre petrol four-cylinder1400kg
XV (hybrid versions)2.0-litre petrol four-cylinder hybrid1250kg

Suzuki SUV and 4WD towing capacities

The miniscule Suzuki Ignis doesn’t have a tow rating, but the brand’s other 4WDs and SUVs do – including the uber-popular Jimny that can haul 1300kg behind it.

Suzuki modelEngineBraked towing capacity
Ignis1.2-litre petrol four-cylinderNot rated for towing
Jimny1.5-litre petrol four-cylinder1300kg
S-Cross1.4-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder1200kg
Vitara (non-turbo versions)1.6-litre petrol four-cylinder1200kg
Vitara (turbo versions)1.4-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder1200kg
Toyota Kluger Grande Hybrid 2021 towing
All versions of the new Toyota Kluger can handle 2000kg towing

Toyota SUV and 4WD towing capacities

A trap for Toyota RAV4 buyers needing to haul loads is that the 2WD hybrid can tow just 480kg, while the AWD hybrid version can handle the same 1500kg as the combustion cars. Toyota customers needing to tow something very large are still best served by a Land Cruiser or Fortuner wagon.

Toyota modelEngineBraked towing capacity
C-HR (turbo versions)1.2-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder600kg
C-HR (hybrid versions)1.8-litre petrol four-cylinder hybridNot rated for towing
Fortuner2.8-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder3100kg
Kluger (petrol versions)3.5-litre petrol V62000kg
Kluger (hybrid versions)2.5-litre petrol four-cylinder hybrid2000kg
Land Cruiser 300 Series3.3-litre twin-turbo diesel V63500kg
Land Cruiser 76 Series4.5-litre turbo diesel V83500kg
Land Cruiser Prado2.8-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder3000kg
RAV4 GX, RAV4 GXL and RAV4 Cruiser (FWD petrol versions)2.0-litre petrol four-cylinder800kg
RAV4 GX, RAV4 GXL, RAV4 XSE and RAV4 Cruiser (FWD hybrid versions)2.5-litre petrol four-cylinder hybrid480kg
RAV4 GX, RAV4 GXL, RAV4 XSE, RAV4 Cruiser and RAV4 Edge (AWD hybrid versions)2.5-litre petrol four-cylinder hybrid1500kg
RAV4 Edge (petrol version)2.5-litre petrol four-cylinder1500kg
Yaris Cross (petrol versions)1.5-litre petrol three-cylinder1250kg
Yaris Cross (hybrid versions)1.5-litre petrol three-cylinder hybrid400kg

Volkswagen SUV towing capacities

Volkswagen’s six-cylinder Touareg tows 3500kg in comfort, but all of its SUVs benefit from generous tow ratings – the Tiguan’s 2500kg capacity is high for the midsize SUV class, and the Passat Alltrack can haul 10% more than a Subaru Outback wagon.

Volkswagen modelEngineBraked towing capacity
Passat Alltrack2.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder2200kg
T-Cross1.0-litre turbo petrol three-cylinder1100kg
Tiguan 110TSI and Tiguan Allspace 110TSI1.4-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder1800kg
Tiguan 132TSI and Tiguan 162TSI2.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder2500kg
Tiguan 147TDI2.0-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder2500kg
Tiguan Allspace 132TSI and 162TSI2.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder2400kg
Tiguan Allspace 140TDI2.0-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder2500kg
Touareg 170TDI and Touareg 210TDI3.0-litre turbo diesel V63500kg
T-Roc 110TSI1.4-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder1700kg
T-Roc 140TSI2.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder1700kg
The fully-electric version of the Volvo XC40 can tow 1500kg

Volvo SUV towing capacities

Reasonably brawny towing capacities feature across the Volvo lineup – the electric XC40 can take 1500kg behind it, while all grades of XC60 and XC90 can haul 2400kg.

Volvo modelEngineBraked towing capacity
V60 Cross Country2.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder1800kg
XC40 T4 Momentum2.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder1800kg
XC40 T4 Inscription and XC40 T5 R-Design2.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder2100kg
XC40 Recharge PHEV1.5-litre turbo petrol three-cylinder plug-in hybrid1800kg
XC40 Recharge Pure Electric300kW dual-motor electric1500kg
XC60 B52.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder2400kg
XC60 B62.0-litre turbocharged and supercharged petrol four-cylinder2400kg
XC90 B52.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder2400kg
XC90 B62.0-litre turbocharged and supercharged petrol four-cylinder2400kg
XC90 Recharge PHEV2.0-litre turbocharged and supercharged petrol four-cylinder plug-in hybrid2400kg

Information correct as at January 2022.

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