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    Posted: 21 May 21 at 7:03pm
Now diesels seem to be declining in popularity, has anyone tried towing with the new breed of small capacity, turbo'd petrols and if so, how do they cope?

In the market for a new car, as my mileage has reduced since working from home a petrol would make sense, until you throw towing a RIB into the mix.

I have researched this but best I can find is advice on towing caravans.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote 423zero Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 May 21 at 10:32am
I am a member of the caravan club, good advice available from them, not many caravans that can be towed by a Ford Focus 1 litre if any, they also struggle uphill with four adults in (steep hills), plenty of bhp, but torque right down, compared to a diesel.
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Mazda's Skyactive engines are 2 litre and eschew turbos

Not tried towing with mine yet though
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sam.Spoons Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 May 21 at 4:36pm
I have towed a fair few trailers over the years from a small box trailer to a 20', 1 ton cruiser behind a fair few different cars and I regularly towed a large windsurfing trailer (which probably weighed as much as a medium sized dinghy behind) and my Topper Spice behind a Micra running on LPG with no issues. I think that anything other than a small RIB might be a bit much for a 1 litre engine but it depends how big a RIB you are talking.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote iGRF Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 May 21 at 6:38pm
Running a tow hitch on my Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, seems OK, electric bit helps with low end torque, only draw back, small tank gives limited range over long distances. Staying local and charging from home it goes on forever for no money.

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Thanks for the replies all.

Car in mind is a Skoda Kodiaq, RIB and trailer weigh 1100kgs.

They do a 1.4 TSI petrol giving 150bhp, same output as the diesel but significantly less torque.

GRF, I did consider the Outlander, but found the boot was a bit too small.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote 423zero Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 May 21 at 9:15pm
The 1.4 tsi towing capacity is 1600kg braked, well within your limit.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Oatsandbeans Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 May 21 at 6:56am
I thought that we were all going electric!
The latest EV s can tow. The new Kia EV6 can do 1,400kg, -it will obviously knock the range back a bit but it does 300miles-so you should get a good 200miles towing a boat
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jamie600 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 May 21 at 8:39am
That might be worth a look, I can lease an EV through work but had discounted them as only the Tesla Model X and Audi E Tron had the boot space and towing capacity, but were over budget.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote 423zero Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 May 21 at 1:25pm
Would have a very serious look at full electric vehicle before buying one, look at your driving history over 12 months, I know people who have to hire a internal combustion car to go on holiday (UK), totally useless if you 'say' are going to Cornwall from the Midlands, or Scotland etc.
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