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I have had the same conundrum. My 1.5 TDCI Focus really struggled with a double stacker on the back.

My solution (and bear in mind we run 2 cars anyway). An older diesel (with a dpf) for use on the longer/towing journeys. A mild hybrid for the day to day miles. Full electric just isn't there yet plus the ethical question over material sourcing.
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I was lucky enough to drop for a very low mileage 2 litre diesel insignia estate, (before prices went bonkers) very boring car, but a good economical utility vehicle.
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OK-sorry. bumping this as I am now actively looking for a new car. Small family estate, petrol hybrid, with a towbar. That rules out all VAG products I believe. Corolla can tow, but is really uneconomical. Warning to Seat buyers-even the petrol models need a non-standard pre-fit towbar pack at factory. My lovely 15-plate Golf might have to soldier on. Any thoughts anyone?
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Made contact. Pricey!

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I had the same question a few months back but decided that the petrol hybrids were a waste of time. The extra batteries and kit is really heavy and in reality you get a few miles of electric running not the 30 claimed so the eco-credentials look very weak, its just a tax wheeze for company car owners. The fact that most you cannot fit a tow bar too was the deciding factor so I got a used A4 estate and will wait a few more years to go fully elec.
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I agree H2. I run an 11 year old diesel Golf. Very happy with it. Always runs without problems (OK I really shouldn't have said that, tempting fate!). Someone smashed the back for us last year and the insurance co wrote it off, but a local garage bought a 2nd hand tailgate and bumper and it's as good as a 11 year old car again for less than the write off value. At the time I looked at electric and hybrid, with a towbar a requirement. But decided that the extra complexity, cost and weight of a hybrid is not worth it, for me or the environment. I'm hoping to get another 5 years or so out of my trusty Golf and hope that by then towing and recharging issue will be better handled.
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We're running an older Toyota Yaris Hybrid.
I understand that the new models have a towing capability - so care may be needed.
The Hybrid system really works best (for us) in town where there's lots of stop/start traffic. We'll get about 55mpg+ around town, and about the same on long journeys. Think of it as a sophisticated start/stop engine system. There's no delay in moving off (unlike petrol start/stop systems) and it's auto transmission.

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I don't think hybrids or BEVs are really ready to provide for towing just yet.
OTOH with the rate of change in the market, I wouldn't be spending on a brand new fossil fuel car, as its value in a few years' time might be hit hard. Likewise, BEVs are improving fast and getting cheaper, so current models could lose a lot of value. We might replace 'her' car with a BEV in a couple of years, maybe in 5 years there will be a nice BEV alternative to my current diesel estate.
BEV makers are probably quite right to concentrate on the average car users, who do less than 8k miles a year and avoid getting involved with towing, because too many people who tow. tow caravans which is horrendous in terms of kwh per mile.

There may be a period when there is a shortage of decent used cars which can tow, but it's unlikely to be a real problem in the next 12 years or so?
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Last weekend we had an open at our club and it was the first time that I saw a Tesla tow a boat and an IPace, so people are doing it!
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