Can a Golf GTI tow a caravan?

In this blog post, we will answer the following question: Can a Golf GTI tow a caravan? We will discuss the Golf GTI and the quest for finding the perfect hitch for your car.

Can a Golf GTI tow a caravan?

The VW group states that the Golf GTI cannot possibly tow a caravan, in fact, Golfs were never made with the idea that they will someday tow cargo. This is the main reason why it is so difficult to find a hitch for the Golf GTI. However, in reality, as you will see in the below table, a Golf GTI reaches 1800kg towing capacity to some models. 

Volkswagen Golf GTI Towing Capacity

Car ModelUnbraked towing capacityBraked towing capacity
2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI 2.0L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO0kg
2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI 2.0L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO0kg
2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI 40 Years 2.0L, PULP, 6 SP AUTO1600kg
2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI 40 Years 2.0L, PULP, 6 SP MAN1600kg
2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Original 2.0L, PULP, 6 SP AUTO0kg
2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Original 2.0L, PULP, 6 SP MAN0kg
2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance Edition 1 2.0L, PULP, 6 SP AUTO0kg
Volkswagen Golf GTI (2009 – 2012) 2.0 TSI GTI (Leather) 3d690kg1400kg
Volkswagen Golf GTI (2009 – 2012) 2.0 TSI GTI (Leather) 3d DSG700kg1400kg
Volkswagen Golf GTI (2009 – 2012) 2.0 TSI GTI (Leather) 5d690kg1400kg
Volkswagen Golf GTI (2009 – 2012) 2.0 TSI GTI (Leather) 5d DSG700kg1400kg
Volkswagen Golf GTI (2009 – 2012) 2.0 TSI GTI 3d690kg1400kg
Volkswagen Golf GTI (2009 – 2012) 2.0 TSI GTI 3d DSG700kg1400kg
Volkswagen Golf GTI (2009 – 2012) 2.0 TSI GTI 5d690kg1400kg
Volkswagen Golf GTI (2009 – 2012) 2.0 TSI GTI 5d DSG700kg1400kg
Volkswagen Golf GTI (2009 – 2012) 2.0 TSI GTI Edition 35 3d700kg1400kg
Volkswagen Golf GTI (2009 – 2012) 2.0 TSI GTI Edition 35 3d DSG710kg1400kg
Volkswagen Golf GTI (2009 – 2012) 2.0 TSI GTI Edition 35 5d700kg1400kg
Volkswagen Golf GTI (2009 – 2012) 2.0 TSI GTI Edition 35 5d DSG710kg1400kg
Volkswagen Golf GTI (2013 onwards) 2.0 TSI GTI (Performance Pack) 3d690kg1600kg
Volkswagen Golf GTI (2013 onwards) 2.0 TSI GTI (Performance Pack) 3d DSG700kg1600kg
Volkswagen Golf GTI (2013 onwards) 2.0 TSI GTI (Performance Pack) 5d DSG700kg1600kg
Volkswagen Golf GTI (2013 onwards) 2.0 TSI GTI (Performance Pack/Nav) 3d690kg1600kg
Volkswagen Golf GTI (2013 onwards) 2.0 TSI GTI (Performance Pack/Nav) 3d DSG700kg1600kg
Volkswagen Golf GTI (2013 onwards) 2.0 TSI GTI (Performance Pack/Nav) 5d690kg1600kg
Volkswagen Golf GTI (2013 onwards) 2.0 TSI GTI (Performance Pack/Nav) 5d DSG700kg1600kg
Volkswagen Golf GTI (2013 onwards) 2.0 TSI GTI 3d670kg1600kg
Volkswagen Golf GTI (2013 onwards) 2.0 TSI GTI 3d DSG680kg1600kg
Volkswagen Golf GTI (2013 onwards) 2.0 TSI GTI 5d DSG680kg1600kg
Volkswagen Golf GTI (2013 onwards) 2.0 TSI GTI Clubsport 40 3d680kg1800kg
Volkswagen Golf GTI (2013 onwards) 2.0 TSI GTI Clubsport 40 3d DSG690kg1800kg
Volkswagen Golf GTI (2013 onwards) 2.0 TSI GTI Clubsport 40 5d680kg1800kg
Volkswagen Golf GTI (2013 onwards) 2.0 TSI GTI Clubsport 40 5d DSG690kg1800kg
Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet (2012 – 2016) 2.0 TSI (220bhp) GTI 2d DSG750kg1400kg
Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet (2012 – 2016) 2.0 TSI GTI 2d750kg1400kg
Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet (2012 – 2016) 2.0 TSI GTI 2d DSG750kg1400kg

The Volkswagen Golf GTI

The Volkswagen Golf GTI is a great car. Volkswagen knows the recipe very well for producing a compact, high-performance racing car. In the case of this generation of the GTI, the manufacturer pushes the limits of quality. Without exaggerating, we can say that it offers a finish level very close to what we find at Audi.

2015 marks the first model year of the MK7 generation of the Golf. Generally, it is recommended to drop the first year of a new product for reliability. As we know, we often find youthful sores when a completely renewed product arrives.

 In Golf’s case, we know that the model has existed elsewhere in the world since 2012. This rule of patience therefore applies a little less. The 2015 GTI has demonstrated good mechanical reliability ever since. 

However, being a Volkswagen family product, there’s a good chance you still have some electrical bugs. I often say that Volkswagens are like cars “owned” by some dark force. It’s not trivial that a window opens, the infotainment system stops working, the air conditioning does not work, or other electrical components fail for no reason. 

While it’s better than before, there is still this questionable spectre lurking around Volkswagen products. Would that aspect prevent me from buying the GTI for all that? No, the situation is not that dire. You just have to be aware of it.

Volkswagen Golf GTI: the engine

Mechanically, the 2.0-litre, 210-horsepower four-cylinder engine offers excellent performance, as do its six-speed automatic and manual transmissions.

Unfortunately, not everything is perfect. There are a few things that should be watched for, including fouling of the fuel injectors. Even though you use the best quality gasoline, this is the kind of engine that requires injector cleaning occasionally. It is a relatively expensive operation, but necessary for the durability of the mechanics. 

In light of this statement, it is understood that at all times you must put 91 octanes Super or higher in the vehicle. Another important point to validate is the condition of the seals on the engine valve covers. There are several cases of leaks reported. Obviously, you will need to do a full inspection to verify these two aspects. Don’t skimp to get an outside opinion so you get the point.

When it comes to keeping the vehicle for many years, it all depends on what report you get after the inspection. If everything is in order and you are taking good care of your GTI, in general, you should be able to get it over 250,000 km without encountering too many major problems.

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 can 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 example, for a Volkswagen Up, the manufacturer does not allow the installation of a tow ball.

Moreover, long before choosing a particular hitch, it is good 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.

Conclusions

So, Can a Golf GTI tow a caravan? Considering that a small caravan can weigh on average 320kgs and that the most a trailer can weigh is 750kg unloaded, and this is usually a three or four-bed camper – the Golf GTI would do a just alright job in towing a small or medium trailer. 

Do you agree with us? Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments section below!

FAQ on Can a Golf GTI tow a caravan?

Can a VW Golf tow a caravan?

A VW Golf was not made to tow a caravan. While some VW Golf models have a towing capacity of 1800 kg, we recommend choosing a lightweight version of a caravan, such as a trailer-tent or pop-up caravan. 

Can a VW Golf tow a horse trailer?

The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack would be our first choice to tow a horse trailer. If you have to pull a horse trailer, make sure you know the horse’s weight, the trailer’s dry weight, and the MAM of the car. 

Can a VW Polo tow a caravan?

Legally, a VW Polo could tow a 1012 kg caravan (luggage included). As long as you are towing within the legal limits, the VW Polo is a safe and good choice. 

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. 

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