Here we are testing the new Volvo XC90 – so, what’s new? Just about everything.

The old model had been around for well over a decade, so Volvo started with a clean sheet of paper for the new XC90. Say goodbye to the old five-cylinder engine, and hello to a new, highly efficient four-cylinder diesel. Today’s XC90 is lighter, more practical, and promises lower emissions than before. The asking price rises significantly, though, as Volvo pushes upmarket.

What are we looking for? Volvo is pitching the XC90 against the likes of Audi, BMW and Land Rover. The question is, does it have the quality to compete and has the new car’s relatively low kerbweight (for a big 4×4) compromised its towing ability?