announce New Car Award winners 2021

Last updated by on March 15th, 2022

  • Best Thrill-Seekers and Off-Roader awards announced today 
  • Winner of the Best New Car Finance and Van of The Year also revealed  
  • Four awards categories brought to you in association with 

We have partnered with Parkers, the definitive resource for car buyers in the UKto bring you winners of the Best Thrill-Seekers Car, Best Off-Roader, Best New Car Finance and Van of The Year in the prestigious Parkers New Car Awards 2021.  

This year’s winners are: 

  • Best Thrill-Seekers Car – Porsche 718 Cayman GTS  
  • Best Off-Road Car – Land Rover Defender  
  • Best New Car Finance – Vauxhall  
  • Van of The Year – Ford Transit Custom. 

In the Best cars for thrill-seekers category, the Porsche 718 Cayman GTS wins because it’s brilliant to drive and it’s still surprisingly approachable and easy to drive every day. It sounds incredible and responds to your every input as only a thoroughbred sports car can.  

How much to insure a Porche 718 Caymen GTS?¹ 

Annual premium of £1,521.41 or 10 monthly payments of £143.15 with a deposit of £253.67* 


The Land Rover Defender easily wins the Best Off-Roader category as it’s bristling with the latest technology and has a style that pays homage to the original, rather than slavishly following it. As befitting a car wearing the Defender badge, it’s hugely capable off-road, but unlike its predecessors, it’s also great to drive on them.  

How much to insure a Land Rover Defender 2.2 Station Wagon?²  

Annual premium of £759.52 or 10 monthly payments of £71.47 with a deposit of £126.57*


For the Best new-car finance award, Vauxhall scores above all overs as it offers no deposit and 0% APR across its car and van range in addition to the option for customers to pay £0 for the first three months of the finance agreement. Plus, there’s a job-loss waiver payment, which allows customers to waive up to six monthly payments if they suffer involuntary redundancy. 


Our Van of The Year is the Ford Transit Custom. It is the UK’s bestselling van and during lockdown, it outsold all cars on sale, too. Once referred to as the backbone of Britain, it remains a vital component in the UK’s economy. It’s one of the most practical all-round choices in the medium van class, supported by an army of specialised Transit centres covering all corners of Britain. Complete the package with a great driving experience, and you have the perfect Van of The Year. 

How much to insure a Ford Transit Custom 2.0 EcoBlue?³  

Annual premium of £729.91* *

Keith Adams, Editor, said: “It’s great to be working with again and come up with this exciting line-up of winners. We’ve combined what we know about what our users with more than 100 years of car reviewing expertise on our team to bring this fabulous line-up.”

Now in its fourth year, the Parkers New Car Awards 2021 reflect the views of Britain’s car-buying public, with winners decided by a combination of the site’s expert reviewers verdicts in thousands of miles of road testing and the purchasing habits of the website’s 2.3+ million users actively involved in the buying process. The awards cement Parker’s position as a trusted resource for car buyers in the UK by showcasing the very best cars and vans you can buy today.   

More details about the awards can be found alongside all of the 21 winners in the Parkers New Car Awards 2021 on the Parkers website. 



*Car insurance quotes are from and are based on a 43-year-old, employed married male living in Stowmarket with 10 years NCD and no claims or convictions. Insurance quotes will vary depending on individual circumstances. 

** Van insurance quote is from and is based on a 43-year-old, employed married male living in Stowmarket with 10 years NCD, no claims or convictions, a business established for 10 years, public liability insurance in place and ‘carriage of own goods’ van usage. Insurance quotes will vary depending on individual circumstances. 

¹ Quote to insure a 2018 Porsche Cayman 718 GTS 2dr PDK 2.5 worth £54,490 with a Porsche VTS tracker. 

² Quote to insure a 2016 Land Rover Defender 90 2.2 TD XS Station Wagon 3dr worth £44,995. 

³ Quote to insure a 2019 Ford Transit Custom 2.0 340 EcoBlue Trend L2 H1 EU6 5dr worth £20,975. 

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