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Best car awnings: tents that attach to cars – UK Edition


On a recent car camping trip to the Peak District, we had exceptionally good weather. The sun was shining and it was hot. Sitting in the direct sunlight at our campsite made us miserable. This is when we realised the importance of a good car awning. We ended up with a DIY solution of using a picnic mat and hiking poles, as an awning for our estate car. It did the job, but it made me think we needed to buy a proper tailgate tent for a hatchback.

These items are tents that attach to cars and often multi-function as an awning gazebo as well. The canopy acts as a shelter from the sun or rain and the tents can be useful for storage. You can keep your camping fridge, bikes, bike trailers, inflatable kayak, portable power station, cooking equipment, chairs and table in there. Alternatively, it is a good place to sleep as well. Most tailgate tents function as driveaway tents, so you can head off on an adventure during the day and then attach it to the car when you are at camp. 

My guide will help you find the best car awning in the UK market for your needs. It compares sizes, weight and prices, so you can make an informed decision about which tailgate tent to buy.

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Our DIY car awning from a picnic mat and hiking poles

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Comparison chart: tailgate tents for SUVs, minivans and hatchback cars

  • Hasika Tailgate Awning Tent
  • BMDHA Car Rear Tent
  • Napier Back-roadz Tailgate Tent
  • Rightline Gear Tailgate Tent
  • Napier Sportz Dome To Go Tent
  • Dometic Hub Infla-table Modular Shelter
  • Napier Sportz Tailgate Tent
Hasika Tailgate Awning TentBMDHA Car Rear TentNapier Back-roadz Tailgate TentRightline Gear Tailgate TentNapier Sportz Dome To Go TentDometic Hub Infla-table Modular ShelterNapier Sportz Tailgate Tent
Capacity2 people inside car2 -4 people5 people4 people4 people4-5 people4-5 people
Weight1 kg2.6 kg11 kg9 kg13 kg13.8 kg16 kg
SizeBoot size2 x 2 m3 x 3 m2.4 x 2.42.6 x 2.6 m2.3 x 2.3 m2.7 x 2.7 m
HeightBoot size2 m2.1 m2.2 m2 m2.3 m2.1 m
Extra AwningYesNoNoNoYes 1.8x1.8 mWorks as an awning with all doors openYes 1.8x1.8 m
VehicleMost carsMost carsCUV’s, SUV’s, and Minivans​Most carsHatchback cars and small CUV’sEstate car, camper or SUV CUV, SUV, or Minivan
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Best tents that attach to cars

Hasika Tailgate Awning Tent

This universal car awning and tent will fit most cars with a lift boot. We used this setup on our trip to Scotland and it worked great. It adds extra space and converts the back of your boot into a convenient sleeping area. The tailgate skirt provides privacy, gives extra airflow and keeps out the bugs. Perfect for summer camping. The material is 3000 mm waterproof. The extra awning can also come in handy to give shelter from the sun or rain. It provides enough space for 2-3 people to sit under.

BMDHA Car Rear Tent

A great budget option for a car tailgate awning tent. With the doors closed it can provide a good tent for sleeping for about 2 people. Alternatively, you can use it for storing bikes. A great shelter from the rain. You can set up a dining area with chairs and tables. Quick to set up and take apart.

Napier Backroadz SUV Tent

Napier is the world’s largest developer and distributor of vehicle camping tents. They have several models and all of them are well thought out and of good quality. Although it is advertised as a tailgate tent for SUV, it has a universal sleeve, which fits all CUV’s, SUV’s, and Minivans. It is one of the largest tents on our list, so great if you have a big family or a lot of gear.


Rightline Gear SUV Tent

The company specializes in outdoor equipment and has a good reputation in the USA. This SUV tailgate tent has lots of clever features. Gear pockets and hooks, water-resistant floor, no-see-through windows, storm cover and glow in the dark zippers are just a few things to make your camping experience more enjoyable. The sleeve seals around any size SUV, minivan, wagon, or pick-up truck with a cap, but it also works great as a driveaway tent. It takes a bit of practice to learn how to set it up quickly, but the instructions are sewn-in, so they are always on hand if you get stuck. 

Napier Sportz Dome-To-Go Tent

A very popular and well-liked car boot awning tent, as it was designed to fit hatchback cars and small CUVs. It not only acts as a tent for sleeping or storage but has a spacious awning as well. Setting it up and taking it down is quite easy. It can also act as a traditional tent if you want to drive off for a day’s adventure with your vehicle.

Dometic HUB Kampa tailgate tent

You might have heard about the Dometic brand from my camping fridge guide. Dometic products are used by millions of outdoor lovers people. This is the only inflatable activity shelter on our list. So if you don’t like faffing about with poles, then this might be the best option for you. The connection tunnel fits several types of cars, but you can also use it on its own as a traditional tent or awning with all four sides wide open. 

Napier Sportz SUV Tent

A similar model to the Sportz Dome-To-Go Tent, but this one is suited for CUVs, SUVs or minivans. It connects easily to the cargo area of your vehicle, and has an extendable awning for extra space. 

Comparison chart: car awnings

  • Zootop Car Awning
  • Buycitky Car Awning
  • HUKOER Car Awning
  • Latourreg Car Gazebo
  • Hasika Drive Away Awning
Zootop Car AwningBuycitky Car AwningHUKOER Car AwningLatourreg Car GazeboHasika Drive Away Awning
Capacity3 - 4 people4 - 6 people5-7 people5-7 people4-6 people
Weight1.7 kg2.9 kg4.6 kg4.5 kg4.3 kg
Size2 x 3 m1.9 x 2.4 m3.5 x 2.4 m3.2 x 4 m3.5 x 1 m
Heightn.a2 m3 m2.2 m2.4 m
VehicleMost vehiclesMost vehiclesMost vehiclesMost vehiclesMost vehicles
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Best car awnings

Zootop Car Awning

A cheap car awning, which does the job. It doesn’t come with any instructions about how to put it up, but some common sense and looking at photos online should help you figure it out. You can also use it on its own as a tarp. You just need to add two more poles to it. Perhaps your hiking poles or sticks you find in the woods. It could possibly even be a good addition to your wild camping equipment, as it is relatively lightweight and packs up small. 

Buycitky Car Awning

This is also a very affordable option and relatively lightweight. It has a cool skylight design on the top, which increases air circulation. A great feature for those hot, summer days. But we tend to get more rain in the UK than sunshine, so of course, the material is waterproof. The awning is multifunctional and can be set up in several different ways, depending on your needs.

HUKOER tailgate canopy

This is an ideal shelter for larger groups, as has quite a big size. It also has a generous head height of over 3 m in the middle, which is great when you have giant brothers and dad, like me. The instructions are easy to follow and you can probably set it up in about 10 minutes. You can instal it in many different ways, eg at the back or side of the car.

Latourreg Tailgate Canopy

Latourreg is a brand offering many different types of tents to customers. Their products are of good quality. The unique feature of this tailgate tent canopy is that the side wings can extend making the width to 4 m. A great solution to add extra shade and protection from the elements. The installation is easy but ideally requires two people.

Hasika Awning Gazebo

This model is a popular choice for campers but also works well for a day at the beach. The skylight is a good additional feature and it can also be covered with a flap in rainy weather. The whole structure feels quite sturdy, so should hold up on those rainy and windy days as well. The gazebo has multiple forms of installations, making it convenient for different needs.



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