Could you recommend a plug-in hybrid that can tow a small trailer?

I tow a small trailer, which I use to transport horse muck, firewood, pallets etc with my 2011 Mini Countryman diesel. I was looking to replace it with a 2020 Mini Countryman SE PHEV but found out you can't fit a towbar to that vehicle because the batteries are located in the boot area. Can you suggest a hybrid that will allow me to fit a towbar to continue to protect the interior of my replacement - preferably PHEV as we have solar panels and are retired so could charge in the day? We need it to be a crossover/small SUV style as advancing years precludes saloons.

Asked on 9 March 2021 by KIM WILLCOX

Answered by Andrew Brady
As you're finding, there aren't many plug-in hybrids that can tow a significant weight. We'd recommend a Kia Niro PHEV, though. It can officially tow a braked trailer weighing up to 1300kg, which should be sufficient for your needs. Also consider the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV with its 1500kg towing capacity.
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