The Volkswagen Golf has long been one of the best small tow cars, and the Mk7 continues that tradition. Although it was narrowly beaten by the Skoda Octavia in the 2013 Tow Car Awards, the Golf put up a very tough fight.

Practical Caravan’s experts have spent some time with the VW’s high-spec GT version on the test track and on familiar roads, towing and driving solo. It has a strong and efficient 2.0-litre diesel engine and the slick-shifting DSG transmission.

A car of this size and weight should cope well with smaller tourers, so Practical Caravan’s reviewers started work expecting good high-speed stability and a healthy turn of speed.