If you assumed the Golf is Volkswagen’s bestseller, you’d be wrong. The Tiguan SUV tops VW’s global sales charts, and the third generation is now in showrooms. It may be new, but the driving experience will be familiar to anyone who owns the previous model.

The ride is firm but well controlled and if a brief drive with a caravan in tow is anything to go by, it’s stable, too, something we always look for in the best caravan tow cars.

Most buyers are likely to choose one of the petrol models, while company car drivers will be attracted by the low tax rates of the plug-in hybrids, coming later in the year.

For caravanners looking for an SUV for towing though, the 150hp 2.0-litre diesel still has a great deal to offer. There’s plenty of pulling power to handle any sensible car/caravan match and 50mpg economy in solo driving, according to the official figures.

Inside the cabin, the most obvious change is the large 12.9-inch infotainment screen – which can be upgraded to a huge 15 inches. It looks great, and climate control temperature adjustments are taken care of by separate touch-sensitive buttons under the screen.

There’s plenty of room inside for passengers and luggage, with a generous 652-litre boot capacity when the rear seats are upright. We’re planning a full towing test with the new Tiguan soon.

Technical spec of the Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TDI

  • Price: From £37,905
  • Kerbweight: 1677kg
  • 85% match: 1425kg
  • Max towing weight: 2000kg

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