The Volkswagen Golf has long been the favourite small hatchback of Practical Caravan’s tow car reviewers, and the Mk6 came to the test track promising to retain their allegiance. Our team tested the 2012 2.0 TDI Match 5dr, priced at £21,105.

The experts expected to be rewarded with excellent stability and strong performance when towing. They were also looking for an enjoyable solo drive, a practical cabin and low running costs – read our VW Golf review to find out if the found what they were looking for.