Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer long-term test review

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

Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer long-term test review
  • 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 4566 Official economy 40.0mpg Test economy 37.0mpg Options fitted Driver Assist Pack 4 (£650), Two-coat metallic paint (£565), Winter Pack 2 (£400), Flex organiser (£120)

12 April 2018 – Easter break

Like an estimated 19 million of you, I spent my Easter bank holiday weekend on the road. A 500-mile round trip to the in-laws near Manchester provided ample opportunity to test how leggy, refined and comfortable our Insignia estate was. And the car was well-equipped to deal with the traffic carnage.

Once the Easter eggs were loaded up, the abundant safety systems made motorway driving a doddle. Lane-keep assist gently nudged the steering to keep you centrally positioned in your lane. The safety systems are standard-fit on the Elite Nav model, so seem good value for money compared with rivals. Cleverly calibrated so as not to interfere, they make driving the Insignia on longer distances a relaxing experience.

Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer long-term test review

As does the easily adjustable driving position with electronic lumbar support. Our car has optional 4G wi-fi connectivity, too, which remained uninterrupted when streaming music through Spotify while heading west towards Birmingham. I was particularly impressed by this, because on previous trips I’ve found dead spots on mobile devices in the same area. The trip breezed by in no time at all and we managed to avoid any highway havoc in relative serenity.

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