Can a Golf Estate tow a caravan?

In this blog post, we will answer the following question: Can a Golf Estate tow a caravan? We will discuss the specifics of the hitch for Volkswagen cars and explain how to instal a hitch ball. 

Can a Golf Estate tow a caravan?

A Golf Estate can easily tow small or medium caravans. The towing capacity of a Golf Estate is of maximum 2000 kg for the 2018 version. You can check the table below for more data.

Volkswagen Golf Towing Capacity

YearTowing capacity fromTowing capacity to
20210kg1500kg
20200kg1500kg
20190kg1500kg
20180kg2000kg
20170kg2000kg
20160kg1600kg
20150kg1600kg
20140kg1600kg
20130kg1600kg
20120kg1400kg
20110kg1400kg
20100kg1300kg
20090kg1300kg
20080kg1200kg
20070kg1200kg
20060kg1200kg
20051200kg1200kg
20041200kg1400kg
20031200kg1400kg
20021200kg1400kg
20011200kg1300kg
20001200kg1300kg
19991200kg1300kg
19981200kg1200kg
19971200kg1200kg
19961200kg1200kg
19951200kg1200kg
19941200kg1200kg
19931200kg1200kg
19921200kg1200kg
19911200kg1200kg
19901200kg1200kg
1982800kg800kg
1981800kg800kg
1980800kg1000kg
1979800kg1000kg
1978800kg1000kg
19771000kg1000kg
19761000kg1000kg

The new Golf Estate shows a very slim body, with 4.63 meters long and 2.68 meters of the wheelbase, 66 millimetres more than the same model of the previous generation, which allows having a more spacious and spacious cabin for the 5 passengers, specifically with 48 millimetres more extension, which is noticeable especially in the rear seats and in the cargo space, which increased its capacity to 611 litres.

As if that weren’t enough, the new Golf Estate features a 48-volt lightweight hybridization system, coupled with the TSI variant to create the new eTSI, which connects to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission to allow for a smooth ride on the road and with technology that allows the engine to be shut off completely when stopped in traffic to reduce pollutant emissions.

The right hitch for a Volkswagen car

For the installation of a caravan or a trailer, the installation of a hitch is necessary. Professionals working in garages are used to fitting a hook, ball or other coupling components. There are several characteristics to consider when installing a towing ball on a Volkswagen.

First, it is necessary to check whether the coupling is allowed on the car. Almost all vehicles registered in the US have the right to tow a trailer or a caravan. 

Generally, a driver holding a B license is allowed to tow a trailer or caravan weighing at most 750 kg, including loads. However, the car and the coupling must not exceed 3500kg. The difference lies in the authorized weight. For a Volkswagen Up, for example, the manufacturer does not allow the installation of a tow ball.

Moreover, long before choosing a particular hitch, it is a good idea to consult the assembly plans visible on the product datasheets.

The couplings for Volkswagen cars are diverse depending on the model. In particular, there are trailer hitches as well as caravan hitches. In reality, any trailer or caravan can be fitted to the hook, it is just their name that differs.

The Volkswagen car category includes Amarok, Arteon, Bora, Beetle, Caddy, Caddy Maxi, CC, Crafter, Cross Golf, Eos, Fox, Golf 1, Golf 2, Golf 3, Golf 4, Golf 5, Golf 5 plus, Golf 6, Golf 6 plus, Golf 7, Golf 7 Sportsvan, Golf 8, Jetta, Lupo, LT, Passat Berline, Passat SW, Passat CC, Phaeton, Polo, Routan, Sharan, Tiguan, Touareg, Touran, Transporter T3, Transporter T4, Transporter T5, Transporter T6, T-Cross, T-Roc and Vento.

Installation of the hitch ball

If the choice is a tow ball, several models are available. However, care must be taken to ensure that the hitch ball chosen meets standards for travel by caravan or simply for a trailer. 

There are mainly two types of towing balls: the fixed towing ball and the removable towing ball. On the aesthetic side, the removable towing ball is the most interesting since it can be removed at any time. On the other hand, on the pricey side, the fixed hitch ball is obviously the cheapest, it is an excellent quality/price ratio.

For the installation, it can be carried out by an individual (assisted by our technicians by telephone) or it can be entrusted to a professional mechanic. The price varies depending on the car model and the type of hitch chosen. 

Fitting a tow bar on Volkswagen costs around 179 to 229 dollars. In order to get the exact price, it is always best to request a quote. In the event that the driver decides to install the towing ball himself, it is advisable to purchase from a national retailer. This precaution makes it possible to benefit from a guarantee (even for online purchase) and above all from a privileged contact.

What are the risks when driving too loaded?

Driving too loaded (GVW not respected) is dangerous: for you and your family but also for other road users.

Indeed, the more the vehicle is loaded, the more its handling and its handling are degraded. Besides, the braking distances are extended. The risk of an accident is then dangerously increased.

What fines and penalties are given for non-compliance with the authorized MAM?

For an obvious safety issue, compliance with the maximum authorized weight is a road safety priority. If you drive too heavily and the police find that your car does not meet its authorized GVWR, you risk a fine, or even a lot more.

  • Exceeding up to 5% of the authorized MAM for your vehicle: $150, reduced to $90 if paid within 15 days.
  • Exceeding the MQM between 5 and 20%: violation identical to that indicated above. In addition, the vehicle is immobilised and the registration card is confiscated, as long as the vehicle does not comply.
  • Over 20% overweight: fine increases to $1,500. In addition to the immobilisation and confiscation of the vehicle registration document, the driver receives a summons to Court. He then risks a loss of points on his driving license.

Click here to read more about oversize and overweight fines and penalties by state.

Conclusions

A Golf Estate will do just fine with towing a caravan. Both the model’s engine and the electronic stabilisation program make towing a loaded trailer/caravan an easy experience. 

The new Golf Estate, especially, features a 48-volt lightweight hybridization system, coupled with the TSI variant to create the new eTSI, which connects to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission to allow for a smooth ride on the road and with technology that allows the engine to be shut off completely when stopped in traffic to reduce pollutant emissions.

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FAQ on Can a Golf Estate tow a caravan?

What is the towing weight of a caravan?

The towing weight of a caravan must be up to 750 kg MAM. The combined weight of the trailer and the car should not be more than 3.500 kg. 

Can VW Bug be flat towed?

A VW Bug can be flat towed only if it has a manual transmission. Otherwise, it has to be on a dolly or trailer. 

How much does a small trailer weigh?

A small trailer can weigh on average 700 lbs. The most a trailer can weigh is 1700 lbs, and this is usually a three or four-bed camper. 

How much do pop-up campers weigh?

Pop-up campers usually weigh between 1180 and 2700 lbs, depending on their size and usefulness. 

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