Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer Road Test

Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer interior
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Vauxhall Insignia Review

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There is room to seat five passengers comfortably in the Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer, and whilst the wheelbase is identical to that of the Insignia hatchback and saloon, the Sports Tourer features an 80mm increased cargo length of 1910mm.

In total, The AFL has nine light functions to help improve visibility. One example of this is whilst turning a corner, the headlights follow the direction of the steering, so as the car turns, the light is projected further around the corner than it would be with fixed headlights.

AFL is available as an option on all Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer models and is standard on Elite models. LED daytime running lights including automatic light switching are fitted as standard.

Comfort and Refinement

There is room to seat five passengers comfortably in the Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer, and whilst the wheelbase is identical to that of the Insignia hatchback and saloon, the Sports Tourer features an 80mm increased cargo length of 1910mm. The overall length of the Sports Tourer is 4908mm, 78mm longer than the hatch and saloon.

The front seats - which are also shared with the Vauxhall Insignia hatch and saloon - provide adjustment for seat travel, recline and height as well as 4-way lumbar adjustment.

Single zone climate control is a standard feature which whilst a nice addition, it would be better to see dual zone instead.

Vauxhall tells us that there have been some modifications and revisions made to noise levels in the cabin of the Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer, and the revisions have made a difference. Engine and wind noise aren't an issue and road noise is dealt with on all but the roughest of roads.

Infotainment

The Satellite Navigation's seven inch screen is set into the top of the dashboard, giving it a slightly bulbous look. The screen has good clarity and the 3D navigation is comfortably within the eye line of the driver.

The system, named the DVD800, includes a port for either an iPod or MP3 USB stick. In MP3 mode, the system allows access to files and multi level directories, and in iPod mode, full controls and library read-out is displayed on screen.

The Vauxhall Insignia Exclusiv Nav we test drove was equipped with the optional Bluetooth enabled mobile phone system with telephone controls located on the steering wheel.

Rivals
  • Citroen C5 Tourer
  • Ford Mondeo Estate
  • Mazda6 Estate
  • Honda Accord Tourer
  • Renault Laguna Sport Tourer
  • Volkswagen Passat Estate
  • Volvo V70
What We Liked
  • Responsive engine
  • Exterior design
What We Disliked
  • Disconnected steering
  • Multi function controller location
What We'd Like to See
  • Powered tailgate across the range
  • Mobile phone integration fitted as standard
  • Dual zone climate control
Conclusion

We were impressed with the comfort of the Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer and the flat-entry spacious boot is a definite positive and would be beneficial on a daily basis. It would be good to see some optional extras fitted as standard, as this could tip the balance from its rivals into the Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer's favour. Residual values should be as good, if not better than some of its rivals. From the available Sports Tourer range, in our opinion the 2.0 CDTi 160PS is the strongest option, offering the best combination of economy and performance.

27 April 2011 Melanie Carter
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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