We’ve been waiting a long time for the new Ford; its European launch was delayed when production was moved from Belgium to Spain. Now it’s here, the Mondeo faces competition from the updated Mazda 6, the revised Škoda Superb and the new Volkswagen Passat. Is it still a front-runner against so many strong rivals?

After towing with it at the Tow Car Awards in the spring, we’ve had the chance to spend longer behind the wheel of the 150PS (148bhp) 2.0-litre TDCi Econetic Zetec.

But, of course, we are keen to know what tow car ability it has – and is the Ford Mondeo still one of the best family cars? The previous generations have all towed well. Does the latest car continue that tradition?