The XC40 is the smallest of Volvo’s family of XC SUVs. It competes against the Audi Q3, Mercedes-Benz GLA and BMW X1. We drove it at the Tow Car Awards 2018, where it was good enough to win Best Family SUV. Now we’ve had a chance to spend more time with the Volvo, because this XC40 is part of our long-term test fleet. Its first task was to tackle a full tow test.

What are we looking for?

We know from experience that the XC40 tows well. But will we be just as impressed after an extended tow on all manner of roads, and having driven the Volvo over long distances without a caravan behind it? And is it practical enough as a tow car and an everyday drive?