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
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What Car? team
9 Oct 2018 10:09
  • 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 10,968 Official economy 40.0mpg Test economy 34.1mpg Options fitted Driver Assist Pack 4 (£650), two-coat metallic paint (£565), Winter Pack 2 (£400), FlexOrganiser (£120)

9 October 2018 – can I justify a diesel?

I’ve just got my Insignia Sports Tourer back from the dealership. The engine management light is gladly off and the car is fitted with a brand new diesel particulate filter (DPF) – regular readers may remember that the old one became clogged and was unable to clean itself out. The filter had to be ordered from Germany, so after a nine-day wait to have the Vauxhall inspected and without a courtesy car, it was another week before I could then pick it up.

The whole episode has made me rather wary of running a diesel car, to be honest, and that's despite doing more than enough miles in a year to justify one. In many cases, contemporary diesels can pollute as little as their petrol-engined counterparts, and diesel’s current demonisation is perhaps a tad overblown.

Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer long-term test review

But when the Insignia in 2.0-litre turbo form is emitting 186g/km of CO2, which is a good whack more than its closest rivals, and only producing 34.1mpg, it’s hard to justify. Especially when its DPF clogs up after just 11,000 miles in eight months.

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