Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer Review

Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer
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Vauxhall Insignia Review

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All round vision is good, although due to the coupe-like styling there is a slight impact on rear visibility, giving the driver a tunnelled view through the rear of the car.

The Vauxhall 2.0-litre diesel engine in the Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer is available with either 130 or 160PS outputs. Both units meet Euro 5 emission levels and come with maintenance-free diesel particulate filters.

The Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer test car featured the 2.0 CDTi 160PS engine. Under acceleration, the engine is flexible and willing, providing plenty of pull for hills and overtaking. As the revs increase the turbo kicks in, resulting in a smooth but noticeable surge in power.

0 - 60mph is achieved in 9.3 seconds and official fuel consumption figures are 43.5mpg urban, 67.3mpg extra urban and 55.4 mpg combined.

With mainly town driving, we saw returns of between 38.8mpg and 42.8mpg, and we would expect to see this rise with motorway driving.

Ease of Use

All round vision is good, although due to the coupe-like styling there is a slight impact on rear visibility, giving the driver a tunnelled view through the rear of the car.

The driving position is comfortable, with ergonomically organised switch gear within easy reach. Cruise control is standard across the range and is operated using buttons located on the reach and rake-adjustable steering wheel.

The centre console is one area the designers seem to have overlooked; the Satellite Navigation's multi-function controller is located to the rear of the gear lever and therefore behind the natural reach of the driver, and until you are used to this, you are required to take your eye off the road when wanting to operate the navigation or stereo - we generally relied on the front passenger instead.

Whilst there is an armrest, which in itself is set at a comfortable height, resting your arm on it means that the gear lever feels a little too short, leaving it only at the reach of your fingertips, leading to a slightly uncomfortable gear change.

Access to the boot is very well designed with a completely unobstructed entry - there no lip to lift luggage over which is of real benefit. In order to make the opening as wide as possible, the entire tailgate lifts - lights and all. To combat this, Vauxhall have placed a second set of rear lights on the inside, so even when the tailgate is open, lights are still visible.

Dropping the 60:40 split rear seats takes the Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer's available space from 540 litres to a generous 1530 litres of usable space.

All Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer models benefit from a retractable luggage compartment cover and DualFloor luggage compartment, with an under-floor storage area. All models, apart from S-spec cars, also get a 12-volt auxiliary power socket located in the luggage compartment.

Optional on the Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer Exclusiv, SE and Elite models is the Towing Pack. This incorporates a trailer stability safety programme, automatic self-leveling rear suspension and a retractable tow bar. The Sports Tourer's maximum towing weights when using a braked trailer range from 1350kgs for the 1.8-litre to 1800kgs for the 2.0-litre Turbo with Adaptive 4X4.

Safety and Security

Standard safety features on the Vauxhall Insignia include ESP, passenger airbag deactivation, automatic headlights, electric driver's seat height adjuster and electrically adjustable four way lumbar support. Front, side and curtain airbags, Isofix on all 3 rear seats, and ABS are also standard across the range.

Whilst we have touched on the Advanced Forward Lighting, we think it is an important feature to explain. It is a system in which the car's headlight beam automatically adjusts to changing road and weather conditions.

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Vauxhall Insignia Road Test Data
Model ReviewedVauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer Exclusiv Nav 2.0CDTi (160ps) ecoFLEX
  
Body TypeEstate
ColourSovereign Silver
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph9.3 Seconds
Top Speed 13 mph
  
Transmission6-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban43.5 mpg
Extra Urban67.3 mpg
Combined55.4 mpg
  
Insurance Group21E
Euro NCAP Rating5 Star
WarrantyLifetime / 100000 miles
Price (when tested on the 27/04/11)£24,080

The information contained within this Vauxhall Insignia review may have changed since publication on the 27 April 2011. The actual model road tested may feature options and functionality specific to that model, which may not be available as on option or be fitted to other models in the range. Options may not be available on UK specification cars. You may wish to check with your local Vauxhall dealer, before making a purchasing decision. E.&.O.E. You may NOT reproduce this car review in full or part, in any format without our written permission. carpages.co.uk © 2017