Don’t expect to clamber over boulders in the Volvo XC90 – it’s not that kind of 4×4. But if you’re looking for a family-friendly towcar for a big, twin-axle van, the Volvo has a lot going for it.
It was especially impressive through the lane-change test, combining stability and comfort, and it has more than enough poke to tow all day at 60mph, even if it does take a while to get there.
The seats can be folded away, MPV-style, to create a massive boot. Even set up as a five-seater, we found room for our full load of holiday luggage, save the Aquaroll.
Fuel economy of 31.4mpg is respectable for such a big, heavy car, and you can expect to recoup just over half of the original price if you sell on in three years’ time.