Kia has launched a new generation of the Sportage SUV. Sure to be spotted at many campsites over the next few years, the Kia Sportage Hybrid AWD is available with petrol, diesel, full hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains. We’ve been driving the full hybrid 4×4.

In range-topping GT-Line S specification, it costs £40,245, but if you can live with fewer toys and two- rather than four-wheel drive, prices begin from £33,245.

The 4×4 has a healthy kerbweight of 1715kg, giving an 85% match figure of 1458kg. We haven’t yet had a chance to tow with the Kia, but there’s every sign it will make a capable tow car. With 258lb ft of pulling power, the hybrid has plenty of mid-range muscle.

Accelerate hard and the engine can sound strained, but driven gently, the hybrid cruises around quietly, especially when relying on the electric motor alone.

A firm ride bodes well for stability while towing, always an essential trait when you’re looking for the best tow car. In everyday driving, we’d prefer a more forgiving suspension set-up, although lower-spec models with smaller alloy wheels are likely to take the edge of sharp bumps better than the GT-Line S.

The cabin of the Kia Sportage Hybrid AWD is well made and roomy, and the boot has a generous 587-litre capacity. We look forward to towing with a Sportage soon.

If you’re interested in a hybrid option, take a look at our best hybrid tow car guide too.

  • Price: From £40,245
  • Kerbweight: 1715kg
  • Towing limit: 1650kg
  • 85% match: 1458kg

You can also see what we thought of the Mazda CX-5 when we took a first look at it recently.

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