This is the fifth-generation of the Honda CR-V – the world’s best-selling SUV, according to Honda. There are some big changes with the new car, including the decision to abandon diesel power altogether. That leaves buyers with the choice of a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol or a petrol electric hybrid. Both are offered with front- or four-wheel drive.

The other big news is the availability of a seven-seat CR-V for the first time.

The question is, has ditching diesel compromised the CR-V as a tow car? Honda argues that it hasn’t, and our test car’s 2000kg towing limit shows the company has faith in the CR-V’s towing ability. But is that faith justified?