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...

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 8100 Official economy 40.0mpg Test economy 34.2mpg Options fitted Driver Assist Pack 4 (£650), two-coat metallic paint (£565), Winter Pack 2 (£400), FlexOrganiser (£120)

6 July 2018 – the removals expert

Last week, my girlfriend asked whether I could borrow a car to help her move out of her flat. Several pieces of furniture, a tonne of books, a lot of design equipment and an unquantifiable amount of clothes wouldn’t fit in her Fiat 500, apparently.

Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer long-term test review

I had faith in my Tetris packing ability, but eventually I was convinced that it’d be easier to simply borrow our Insignia estate and its 1665-litre boot (with the rear seats folded down). It proved an inspired choice, with its easy-to-fold rear seats, a long, tall and flat extended load bay, minimal load lip and sliding floor rails with cable eyes proving immensely practical. We even got a small desk in there.

And, despite the car being full to bursting, the effect on performance was negligible, because Vauxhall’s strong (but painfully inefficient) diesel engine sweated not a bead on the motorway journey to the my girlfriend's new home.

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