The Country Tourer makes a worthy alternative to SUVS and conventional estate cars. Perhaps its greatest strength is value for money. You really do have to check twice when you compare the Vauxhall with its rivals, as it undercuts them by such a healthy amount. You’ll lose some of that when the time comes to trade the car in, but not so much that it isn’t a sound and sensible buy. It’s a practical one, too. It may not as roomy as a Škoda Superb Estate, but then, very few cars are. It’s there or thereabouts compared with most rivals, and much more spacious than the previous generation Country Tourer. The Insignia drives well, too, so long as you value comfort over a sporty or agile drive. At a steady pace, it smooths bumps in the road, especially with the Flexride system in ‘Normal’ setting. Selecting ‘Sport’ firms things up, but trades some of the standard set-up’s ride comfort. As a tow car, the Insignia is good rather than great. The soft suspension allows the car to be pushed around a bit in strong winds. We never felt at all nervous towing with the Vauxhall, but we’ve towed with plenty of big estate cars that are better tied down in windy weather. The 2.0-litre diesel is a fine engine. So long as very low revs are avoided, it pulls strongly and smoothly, with enough brawn to cope with any sensibly matched caravan. It might not be perfect, but the Country Tourer is likeable, capable and very good value.