Here we are testing the 158bhp version of the 1.6 fitted to Honda CR-V 4x4s in place of the old 2.2-litre engine.

It promises enough punch for towing duties without pushing up fuel consumption too much. In SR spec (one down from the top model), this CR-V costs £30,625.

We want to find out what tow car ability this CR-V variant has, and if it can comfortably tow a mid-sized family caravan. We’re looking for a turn of speed and the stability to go with it. As well as good towing manners, we’re expecting the Honda to underline its credentials as an extremely practical family SUV, with lots of space.