Are there any decent, petrol hybrid SUVs that can tow a caravan?

I currently own a 2007 BMW X5 with 155,000 miles on the clock, which I'm looking to change. I used to do over 20,000 miles a year, but more recently this has dropped to about 10,000. I use it to tow a caravan to Italy every year, but on a daily basis it's used for relatively short journeys, with the occasional 200 mile round trip. I've been buying diesels for decades, however, with the current political thinking on diesels, I'm thinking of buying a petrol hybrid. It needs to be able to tow over 1600kg so it has to be a full size SUV. There seem to be very few hybrid SUVs that fit my requirements. I've been looking at the Volvo XC90 T8, which looks very smart and fits the bill in terms of towing, but with a 2.0-litre petrol engine, I'm not sure how it will perform.

Asked on 24 May 2017 by Jonathan Compston

Answered by Honest John
There's a Porsche Cayenne hybrid with a 3.0-litre supercharged V6, but I can't tell you how well that tows: www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/porsche/cayenne-2010.../ The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV can tug 1500kg; the Toyota RAV-4 2.5 hybrid with 4WD can hail 1650kg and the T8 can pull 2400kg.

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