The second-generation Volvo XC60 promises to be even safer, better to drive and more fuel efficient than before.

As a tow car, it has big boots to fill – the original XC60 was an overall winner at the Tow Car Awards back in 2009.

There are two diesels, one petrol and one petrol-electric hybrid in the range – we’re driving the entry-level D4 diesel in Momentum specification.

We want to know how the Volvo stacks up as a tow car, in particular what tow car ability the least powerful engine in the line-up has – is it up to the job?

We also want to find out if it’s good enough to rival the likes of the Audi Q5 and Jaguar F-Pace, which set very high benchmarks for any upmarket SUV to match.