Forget the chunky looks of the old Nissan X-Trail. The third generation looks more like a stretched Qashqai crossover. We tested the 2WD model at the Tow Car Awards 2015, and now we’ve spent time with the 4WD version. We’re driving the range-topping Tekna, which costs just over £31,000.

So, what tow car potential does the X-Trail have? It’s powered by a 1.6-litre diesel engine, which is good for economy and emissions, but leaves the Nissan down on power compared with some rivals. Does it have enough poke for serious towing? We also want to see whether the X-Trail can rival the best mid-sized 4x4s for stability at speed, and if the cabin is practical enough for a demanding family on tour.