The Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport is so new that What Car?‘s Target Price team has yet to shop for one but, even without a discount, the list price of just £22,580 is good value. That’s reinforced when you consider that the Tech Line Nav version is a mid-range car, not an entry-level model.

This wouldn’t count for much if the new Vauxhall didn’t tow well but, for the most part, the Insignia Grand Sport makes a fine tow car. The engine has 168bhp and 295lb ft of torque, plenty for towing a prudently matched tourer.

The rate of acceleration drops off a little at the top of the rev range, but there’s so much pulling power low down and in the mid-range that it hardly matters – we can’t see many drivers being disappointed with the brisk 10.8-second 30-60mph time.

The Vauxhall stops well, too, needing just 10.9m to come to a halt from 30mph. The Insignia pulled up straight and true, without any bumping and barging from the caravan.

Stability at speed is respectable, although there were some slight movements in still air at 70mph, and at 60mph when it was windy.

Without a caravan, the Insignia Grand Sport drives well enough, but it’s hard to find one area in which the Vauxhall stands out against cars of the calibre of the Ford Mondeo, Skoda Superb and Volkswagen Passat.

It corners neatly enough without feeling particularly agile or engaging. The ride is mostly comfortable, but can be caught out by sudden obstacles and rough surfaces.

Inside, the cabin feels well made and there’s plenty of legroom front and rear. However, the sloping roofline does eat into rear headroom.

Our practicality judges were impressed by the reversing camera, and the boot was big enough for all our holiday luggage.

2018
Category Winners
2018 Up to 1400kg

Skoda Octavia

2.0 TDI 150PS SE L DSG

2018 1400-1549kg

Skoda Superb

2.0 TDI 150PS SE L Executive

2018 1550-1699kg

Peugeot 5008

2.0 BlueHDi EAT8 S&S GT

2018 1700-1899kg

BMW 520d

Touring xDrive M Sport

2018 1900kg+

Land Rover Discovery

3.0 Td6 HSE

2018 Best Family SUV

Volvo XC40

Volvo XC40 D4 AWD R-Design Pro

2018 Best Petrol Tow Car

Kia Stinger

2.0 T-GDi GT-Line

2018 Best Ultralight Tow Car

Volkswagen Polo

1.0 TSI 115PS SEL DSG

2018 Fuel Economy Award

Hyundai i30 Tourer

1.6 CRDi 110PS Premium

Previous Winners
2017
1900kg+

Land Rover Discovery

3.0 Td6 HSE*

2016
1400-1549kg

Skoda Superb Hatch

2.0 TDI 150PS SE Business

2015
1400-1549kg

Volkswagen Passat Estate

2.0 TDI BMT 150PS SE Business DSG

2014
1400-1549kg

Nissan Qashqai

1.6 dCi (130PS) Stop/Start System Acenta Premium

2013
Up to 1424kg

Skoda Octavia

2.0 TDI CR 150PS Elegance

2012
1725–1899kg

Jaguar XF

2.2D Premium Luxury

2011
1425-1574kg

Volkswagen Passat Estate

2.0 TDI 170 Bluemotion Sport

2010
1900kg+

Land Rover Discovery 4

3.0 TDV6 XS

2009
1900kg+

Volvo XC60

D5 SE Geartronic

2008
1575-1724kg

Ford Mondeo Estate

2.0 TDCi Titanium auto

2007
1575-1724kg

Volkswagen Passat Estate

2.0 TDI Sport 4Motion

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