An all-new Ford S-Max was launched in 2015, promising improved practicality, more on-board technology, greater comfort, and a range of strong and efficient engines.

The version we are testing here is one of the more powerful diesel models with 180PS (178bhp). Yet despite the engine’s power, the big Ford promises respectable fuel economy.

By MPV standards, the S-Max is a heavy car with a kerbweight of 1838kg. That’s good news if you are looking to match an MPV to a heavy family caravan. The legal towing limit is 2000kg.

So, let’s find out what tow car talent this generation Ford S-Max has. Can it justify its high price? And is it still the best MPV for keen drivers as well as being a capable tow car?