It might not have a very high towing limit – you’ll need a caravan weighing 1350kg or less – but in all other respects, the Hyundai Tucson Plug-In Hybrid is a capable tow car.

Between the petrol engine and the electric motor, the Tucson has 261bhp, enough to really get a shift on, even when hitched up. In fact, our brief stint towing a tourer weighted to the car’s legal towing limit suggested that it could cope with a much heavier caravan.

Even as the battery charge drops low, performance is still strong, and the Tucson always seems to have something in reserve while towing. The best cars to tow a caravan provide stability, and that’s something this Tuscon offers too, pulling straight and true at motorway speeds.

In everyday driving, if your usual mileage is low, the Tucson may well complete most journeys on electricity alone. The official all-electric range is 38 miles, although the real-world figure depends on weather and traffic conditions, as well as how the car is driven.

Inside, the Tucson has a well-made, high-tech interior. The dash is dominated by the 10.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

It looks great and is reasonably straightforward to use, unlike those in some rivals. There’s plenty of space, too, whether you are in the front or the back of the cabin. Premium spec is extremely well equipped. In short, we’re impressed.

Interested in other Hyundai models? Then take a look at our best small tow car round-up, which features the Hyundai Kona 1.6 GDi Hybrid SE Connect.

  • Price: £39,680
  • Kerbweight: 1818kg
  • 85% match: Not legal
  • Max towing weight: 1350kg

See what we thought when we recently took a look at the Jeep Compass e-Hybrid.

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