Could you recommend an economical company lease car capable of towing a caravan?

It's time to replace my company lease car again. My choice of car has to meet a tight window of requirements, balancing weight (for pulling a large caravan), economy for the 90 per cent of time I am not towing, lease cost (I pay excess over a limit) and CO2 emissions (for the car tax).

I have driven a Honda CR-V EX diesel for the last four years and have been very happy with it. I have narrowed down my choices this time around to another CR-V or a Freelander 2. I haven't tested the Freelander yet. What are your thoughts on the relative merits of these cars? Anything else I should be considering?

Asked on 24 December 2010 by MS, Appleton Wiske, North Yorkshire.

Answered by Honest John
The KIA Sportage 1.7 diesel comes in at very low CO2, for low BIK, yet has good pulling power at low revs. Definitely worth a look. See: www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/kia/sportage-2010/. Video: www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/kia/sportage-2010/?s...t.

Alternatively, the Mitsubishi Outlander 2.2 is now surprisingly good, offering 45mpg running solo: www.honestjohn.co.uk/roadtests/mitsubishi/outlande.../
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