I am looking at buying a suitable Tow car. I do have a shortlist of Honda CR-V; Hyundai Santa Fe; Nissan X Trail, Volvo XC60 and Ford S Max. However, our current vehicle is a Toyota and because of their notable reliability and the fact that Toyota Club allows full RAC cover for £59 per year, i would be happy to stay with the brand. I would be keen to hear from anybody who has any info as to the suitability of a RAV 4 (5 door). I am aware of kerb weight issues and 85% guidelines. My query is more to do with practicalities and personal experience. Just because a car is heavy enough does not necessarily make it suitable. N'est-ce pas?
I tow with a Hyundai Sante Fe. It tows my Sterling Europa Max Weight 1360kg with ease. When in France on the motorways and nothing else is around I tow at 80 with no problems. If anything I need to be more careful as I sometimes forget it is on the back. It is a 53 reg and new I was getting 44mpg solo and 33mpg solo. Even now I am getting 38 solo and 28 towing. The tax is £225 a year
Les, Thanks for your reply. Please excuse my ignorance but one of my reservations on the Hyundai is the name. Who are they? (I know they are Korean). I'm sure you know what I mean. I appreciate that they come with a five year warranty but are they reliable? A warranty is OK but if the car keeps breaking down, it is the inconvenience, especially when you have an imminent holiday booked! We had a brand new Renault Scenic on a '52 plate. Within 18 months the gearbox had been out for repair three times. The first time it broke down we were supposed to be driving to the Isle of Wight 2 days later. We were offered a Ford Ka as a courtesy car! (for 5 of us). So, as you can see, i am in a dilemma. The Santa Fe is actually on our list and we won't be buying until September anyway so i have time to consider.
Mine has been very reliable. The only problem I have had is I had to have a new clutch at about £650, but that was my own fault. The site I was on I had to reverse uphill on a bend and the had to try and do a almost 90 degree turn. this burnt the clutch out. I did have to have a new wiper arm at £40. The drivers side stuck and shredded the cog inside, the trouble is the cog is on the blade itself. I suppose I could have put sealant in it and tightened it up as much as possible but I decided to get another one. People seem to think that because the price is low compared to a lot of 4x4s they can't be a lot of good.
I have had 2 Hyundai's a Sonata and my present new 59 Santa Fe. Both have been faultless. In fact Hyundai have the other manufacturers worried because of their reliability. Do Ford and other makers give long warranties, no they don't, unless you pay extra for it. Hyundai have a 5 year warranty because they believe in their product, the sister company Kia now has 7 years. They don't give long warranties because the cars a prone to breaking down, that would be stupid. The only thing wrong with my Santa Fe was that it was fitted with a non-RDS radio, nothing more than that. I have had other vehicles that broke down not long after it meagre 1 year warranty ended. But at the end of the day, you can only make your own mind up.
2010 Kia Sorento KX-2 2.2 CRDi Auto / 2013 Elddis Avante 574
(you're not an ex matelot are you?). As I said previously, the Santa Fe was on our short-list. Personal experience from the likes of yourself and Les provide me with more valid and reliable information than any dealer would. I have a Hyundai dealer less than a mile from my home in Macclesfield. They told me recently that Hyundai had a scheme whereby if the buyer had a Blue Badge (disabled) they knock a substantial amount from the purchase price on a new car. I have to look into this.
Yes I am an ex-matelot, was a chef on Hermes, Conqueror, Churchill, Renown, Ocelot and Onslaught. Joined Ganges 1965, left 1976, great times indeed, but only realised it after I left.
Have you checked out readers reviews on Whatcar web site. Also Honest John web site for straight forward as it is reviews. There is a really good video review of the new 2010 Santa Fe on that site. My Santa Fe is an Automatic only done 2000 miles so far, so still learning. Fuel consumption is about 32mpg, but may improve once engine has done some more miles. Very nice car, smooth, quiet and comfortable. I have only towed once with it when I picked up our new caravan, it was very strong gales, so took it very easy.
2010 Kia Sorento KX-2 2.2 CRDi Auto / 2013 Elddis Avante 574
Only just seen this thread but having read your post in June on another thread does it mean you have gone off the Rav? If not , then head over to toyotaownersclub.com and there is a dedicated Rav4 sub-forum. There are a few of us on there that tow and we are a friendly bunch if you still need info.
We bought ours new in 2002. Dealer serviced all of it's time with us. When it was 7 years old with just over 100k on the clock, put it in for a service and the dealer wanted £3000. Basically bodywork/rust problems and a new turbo. Traded it in for a new Defender instead.
On the other hand, our TD4 Freelander is now also 7 years old. Running as good as the day I bought it. Passed it's last MOT with no problems and looks good for another 7 yrs (at least).
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We have a RAV 4 and we love it. Approx 28/30 to a gallon (diesel) towing our pegasis. I would question having a great big 4 by 4 as yes great for towing but considering were only probably going to do 40 nights with our caravan then that leaves over 300 days driving locally etc, so then doing say 10000 miles per year at 35 miles per gallon compared to say 25 miles per gallon with a 4 by 4 then that actually saves us over £700 per year in fuel!
any far eastenr small 4x4 is good but Hyundia and kia are the only ones that the disability people will touch reason Bomb proof i have looked at the new short wheelbase 4x4 and you get allot for your money and it is a true 4x4 with diff lock as well they seem to give what you want