The new Mazda 3 is more stylish and fuel-efficient than the outgoing car of the same name. It uses ‘Skyactiv’ technology – Mazda’s term for a host of fuel-saving measures – to deliver impressive economy and emissions.

Practical Caravan’s tow car experts tested the least powerful petrol version (the diesel was among the vehicles that were judged in the Tow Car Awards) in top-of-the-range Sport Nav spec. It’s cheaper than the equivalent diesel and surprisingly fuel-efficient. The question is, does the 118bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine have enough poke for towing?

The reviewers accepted in advance of testing that this least-powerful petrol model in the range wouldn’t tow a caravan as well as a diesel, but they were looking for enough muscle to keep up with the ebb and flow of traffic. If you are considering what tow car to buy next, should this petrol powered Mazda be on your shortlist?