Best Petrol ‘Tow Car’
If you prefer petrol to diesel and need a towing car then the Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer should be top of your list. The Vauxhall model has been awarded the ‘best petrol model’ in the annual Tow Car Awards 2014.
The Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer 1.6i 16v Direct Injection Turbo (170PS) beat competitors from Mercedes–Benz and Seat to be awarded Best Petrol Tow Car in the prestigious awards, run jointly by The Camping and Caravanning Club, Practical Caravan magazine and What Car?. Head judge David Motton, Practical Caravan’s Tow Car Editor, said “the 1.6-litre turbocharged engine proves that the best petrols can make very capable tow cars. It is a much more flexible engine than most petrols, with a punchy 168bhp at the top of the rev range and 260Nm torque across a broad power band. It pulled from 30-60mph in 15.3 seconds and the engine stays quiet and smooth even when worked hard. At speed the Vauxhall feels reassuringly solid, even when tested at speeds above the legal limit, there’s hardly any movement from the caravan. The Vauxhall Insignia’s electronic parking brake held car and caravan still on the 1-in-6 slope and released smoothly and the fitment of Trailer Stability Assist ensures car and caravan stay in sync.”
Turbocharged petrol engine returning 45.6mpg
The Insignia Sports Tourer’s turbocharged petrol engine, which entered production last year, features direct injection and Start/Stop technology, helping it to achieve an impressive combined fuel economy figure of 45.6mpg and emit just 146g/km CO2.
Not only does the Sport Tourer boast a fantastic turbocharged petrol engine, the tow car award winner most definitely looks the part. Styling features of the Vauxhall Insignia such as the raised grille and the cutaway sections down the flanks which are expertly integrated to the extended rear end, together with the its long roofline falling away towards the rear and the tailgate wrapping around the car’s corners give the classy visual proposition. The elegant lines don’t come at the expense of space inside either, there is a rear door that has a low wide opening boasting a 540-litre load compartment which can be extended to 1,510 litres with the seats properly folded. So plenty of room for luggage when going off on trips with the caravan in tow.