The new Renault Kadjar is the company’s first mid-sized crossover. Under the skin it’s a close relative of the Nissan Qashqai, the overall winner of the Tow Car Awards in 2014, so it has good tow car genes. This summer (2016) it’ll be the turn of the most powerful 4×4 version of the Kadjar to take a tilt at that title; but first we’re testing the 1.5-litre, two-wheel-drive diesel. It may not be as heavy or powerful, but it should cope with light caravans.

The Kadjar’s dCi 110 engine majors on fuel economy, but is it powerful enough for towing? What does the Kadjar have to offer when there are so many capable crossovers for buyers to choose from?