What is it? Estate version of latest large fleet favourite
Key features: New look, more space, more technology.
Our view: The Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer is improved in looks, practicality and tech, while the price makes it very good value for money.
Type of review: First UK drive.
The Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer is the second, estate version of the brand’s latest large-car offering for a market dominated by fleet drivers, and it launches at a time when that market is under attack on two flanks.
Firstly, buyers are abandoning what are known as D-segment cars in droves, in favour of more imposing and muscular crossovers. And those that are not swayed by such vehicles are being tempted by estates from the likes of Audi and BMW as the premium manufacturers target the mainstream market.
So Vauxhall has had to up its game, and generally it has done so. This new Insignia is a distinct improvement on the car that it replaces.
The estate-bodied Sports Tourer goes on sale just after the five-door Insignia Grand Sport, that arrived in showrooms in May, and a third, off-road styled Country Tourer model is set to be unveiled in September. Vauxhall personnel at the Sports Tourer launch event also hinted at a fourth, as-yet-unnamed derivative to come.
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