I only do short journeys but need to tow a caravan. Should I buy a petrol or diesel car?

My normal commute is less than 10 miles to work so I use a petrol car, but I was thinking about getting a caravan. The caravan I like is 1700kg. Is there a suitable petrol car that will pull it? My budget is £20,000. Thanks.

Asked on 9 November 2020 by tony platt

Answered by Andrew Brady
It's a tricky one. A diesel would be much better suited to lugging a 1700kg caravan but you're likely to have DPF (diesel particulate filter) issues with regular 10-mile journeys. A Subaru Forester could be a good option - a 2.0-litre petrol with the Lineartronic gearbox is officially rated to tow up to 2000kg.
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