View Full Version : New Q7 - aftermarket tow bar?

22-03-2016, 04:03 PM
Sorry for all the new threads, but tend to find people are more likely to respond if the thread title clearly asks a question - as opposed to a Q hidden away somewhere in another thread.

Am considering the tow pack on a new Q7, but 1170 (1300 @ 90%) is a lot to pay when I really only need a basic tow bar (preferably detachable) for the occasional hook up of a bike rack. Has anyone had one retrofitted?

Have seen various advertised, like the westfalia at 249 (supply only) that need minimal cutting to the bumper (something I'm not keen on...for obvious reasons), but given the relative newness of the car, not found any pictures of these installed to see how noticeable it is when it is removed.

Allowing for professional installation, an aftermarket one would save 700+ over the factory fit one.

22-03-2016, 05:46 PM
Elrao, I can't comment on aftermarket ones but I've go the factory one and its very good. It neatly (and motorised) folds away behind the bumper when you dont need it (switch in the boot) has the power supply connector and you get the trailer reversing protection options in the MMI.

However it happened to be on the car I bought (not factory order) so just took it and it just hides away behind the bumper so no bother for me. I do agree though, its pricey.

For what its worth, I hope that helps


22-03-2016, 06:12 PM
For the 3 or 4 times a year I would use it (with a bike rack), I would be happy enough to first attach the tow bar and then the bike rack. Can't currently see any reason to be towing anything, so all the reversing options are a waste of money for me.

Just need to find a towbar that, when detached, is completely invisible (unless under the car...)

22-03-2016, 07:08 PM
you will also need the electrics for the light bar you will use to stay legal.

22-03-2016, 07:24 PM
Good point. I'd assumed the electric connection was there, you just needed a harness to connect up?

22-03-2016, 08:26 PM
speak to a towbar installer, years ago you just spliced into the wires, these days a lot of the cost of the tow bar is in the wiring which makes a genuine one seem like a better deal.

22-03-2016, 08:37 PM
Stick em on the roof