There are quite a few option packs and extras available for the Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer, one of which is the Flex Organiser Pack.
There are quite a few option packs and extras available for the Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer, one of which is the Flex Organiser Pack. For £100 it provides four side rails within the boot, a 3D storage net, a side net pocket and four side rail hooks. All of which indicates that it is meant to be used as a practical, load-lugging, workhorse.
The top of the Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer range is the Elite, which comes with the choice of charcoal or beige leather-clad seats, which are an option on the SRi, and very comfortable. The hide adds a touch of class to an already superior feeling cockpit.
The nicely curved fascia seems to wrap around the front occupants and at this level, the wood-effect trim shows off the soft-touch materials and the chrome highlights to best effect.
The centre console tapers out from the central tunnel where the rotary control panel is situated alongside the gearshift and broadens to accommodate the main control panel, which features an array of large, businesslike buttons. Above this is the navigation and information screen flanked by the central air vents.
The steering column in the test car was adjustable for rake and reach and just behind it, the instrument dials are shrouded by chrome binnacles, adding to the smart appearance. The driver's seat is electronically adjustable and the parking brake was electronic, too. The Elite level also includes dual-zone climate control, Intelligent Adaptive Forward Lighting, front foglights, powered folding door mirrors and front and rear parking sensors.
The Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer hasn't lost any of the good looks bestowed on the saloon and hatch. It has the same wheelbase as the hatch version but is 78mm longer. When seen through the rear-view mirror, the curved rear window looks very far away, making the car's 4,908mm in length seem even further.
The bonnet is quite bulky but manages to look sleek at the same time and, from the raked A-pillars, the roof line flows gently downwards towards the rear, completing the smart businesslike look.
Vauxhall Insignia Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer 2.8 V6 4x4 Elite Nav|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||7 Seconds|
|Top Speed||154 mph|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||34 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||5 Star|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 29/04/09)||£31,965|