Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer long-term test review

With four-wheel drive and a powerful yet frugal diesel engine, the spacious Vauxhall Insignia estate could be all the car you need. We've added one to our long-term fleet to see if it delivers...

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What Car? team
07 December 2018

  • The car: Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer 2.0 BiTurbo D Elite Nav 4x4 auto
  • Run by: Mitch McCabe, head of video
  • Why it’s here: To see if Vauxhall’s flagship offers an unbeatable combination of practicality, value and executive comfort in estate form
  • Needs to: Be economical over a large mileage, accommodate lots of luggage and provide enough creature comforts to outshine rivals

Price £28,695 Price as tested £29,495 Miles 11,508 Official economy 40.0mpg Test economy 34.9mpg Options fitted Driver Assist Pack 4 (£650), two-coat metallic paint (£565), Winter Pack 2 (£400), FlexOrganiser (£120)


7 December 2018 – Back from the workshop

Thanks to those readers who got in touch following the diesel particulate filter (DPF) issue that I experienced recently with my Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer; it was insightful to hear about individual cases from various different marques.

In my previous report, I explained that the Insignia had been fully repaired, and I’m glad to report it’s still running well with no signs of recurrence at this stage.

Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer interior

As I've outlined before, I ended up being without the car for a total of 16 days. To be fair to the dealership, it was a particularly busy period for them, but Go Wimbledon was the outlet that was able to see the car quickest out of the few that I rang across the South.

Additionally, it’s worth noting that seven of those days counted as the lead time on sourcing the replacement part, because – and this was the dealership's explanation – DPF filters tend not to go wrong very often. There’s no question that the work itself was carried out promptly by the dealership, and so far the evidence is that it has been carried out well, too.

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