Volvo is best-known for its estate cars, and the V90 is the Swedish manufacturer’s latest.

Like the XC90 SUV, the V90 shows Volvo’s desire to push further upmarket, so the V90 is hunting for the likes of the Audi A6 Avant, the BMW 5 Series Touring and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate.

There’s a choice of strong but frugal turbodiesel engines. We’re driving the more powerful D5 with four-wheel-drive running gear to further its credentials as an all-weather tow car.

In Volvo’s determination to establish itself as an alternative to the big-name German brands, is it losing sight of what its existing customers want? We’ll consider this and more as we establish what tow car ability it has.