Vauxhall talks up the wide range of new technology available in the Insignia, but perhaps the greatest headline is the price of the car. Starting from £18,685 (with the 140hp petrol engine), the entry-level Design model is quite simply a bargain buy.
Standard equipment, meanwhile, includes the OnStar assistance service with such features as alerting emergency services when it senses the car has been involved in a crash, a wi-fi hotspot and control through a smartphone app.
Design models are fitted with the version of the Intellilink audio system with a seven-inch touchscreen, DAB radio and Bluetooth. There are seven trim levels to choose from, with all bar Design and SRi including satnav on an eight-inch touchscreen. Other new technology in the range includes LED matrix lighting, lane-keeping assistant and an effective head-up display.
The Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer will never be perceived to be as attractive as some of its German and even Japanese rivals. But Vauxhall has done an excellent job in addressing the car’s deficiencies, particularly in cargo capacity, while significantly improving the package as a whole.
The car looks better than its predecessor, offers an interior of higher quality and comes with as much latest technology as its rivals. Couple all this with the price and the Insignia Sports Tourer is a serious contender in its market.
Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer – key specifications
Models Tested: Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer Tech Line Nav 1.5 165PS, Design Nav 1.6 110PS Turbo D ecoTEC
On Sale: June 2017
Range price: £18,685 – £29,910
Insurance groups: TBA
Engines: Petrol 1.5×2, 2.0. Diesel 1.6×2, 2.0
Power (hp): 140/165, 260. 110/136, 170.
Torque (Nm): 250/250, 400. 300/320, 400.
0-60mph (sec):9.6/8.6. 7.1. 10.9/9.9*, 8.4*
Top speed (mph): 129/135, 152. 127/131*, 139*
Fuel economy (combined, mpg): 47.1/46.3, 32.5. 65.7/62.8, 53.3*
CO2 emissions (g/km): 136/139, 199. 112/119, 139*
Key rivals: Ford Mondeo Estate, Volkswagen Passat Estate, Honda Accord Estate
Test Date: June 2017
* = with manual gearbox