We’ve tested every generation of the Kia Sportage over the years, and we’ve run the latest model on our long-term fleet.

Our example has the makings of a very capable tow car, with a torquey diesel engine, four-wheel drive and a healthy kerbweight. In KX-3 spec, the Sportage comes with a long list of standard equipment, too.

At £27,000 it’s reasonably priced and has Kia’s seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty.

So, what tow car ability does this Sportage have? Caravanners know Kia best for the big Sorento 4×4, but the smaller Sportage outsells its big brother.

Is Kia’s smaller SUV a capable tow car in its own right? And is the less powerful of the two 2.0-litre diesels strong enough? Read on!