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Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer review

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Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer
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6 Jul 2017 12:30 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 12:53

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Interior layout

The interior layout, fit and finish

Vauxhall Insignia estate driving position

Even the seats fitted to the entry-level Design models are pretty comfortable, but we’d suggest moving up to Tech Line Nav trim, which gets you more adjustment, including lumbar and seat-squab tilt for better thigh support. And, thanks to plenty of range to the steering wheel height and reach, you’ll be able to find a comfortable seating position.

Once in place, you’ll discover that the gearlever falls easily to hand and the major controls are just as conveniently located.

Vauxhall Insignia estate visibility

We doubt you’ll find any issue with the view forward past the Insignia Sports Tourer’s fairly slim windscreen pillars. Looking over your shoulder, things aren't quite as good, due to relatively thick rear pillars. If you take our advice and opt for the Tech Line Nav model, at least you’ll get the help of standard-fit front and rear parking sensors.

If you are still worried about parking what is a comparatively large car, then why not add the optional rear-view camera.You might also want to consider the powerful adaptive LED headlights (standard on top trims) to take the stress out of driving at night and blindspot monitoring, which is an option on nearly all grades.

Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer

Vauxhall Insignia estate infotainment

All models get a standard colour touchscreen – on models without sat-nav, it’s 7.0in; with sat-nav, this grows to 8.0in. It has both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring as standard, allowing you to control certain phone functions through the infotainment screen.

You also get a concierge service as standard. Just press a button to get through to an operative for advice on travel-related issues. They will even download addresses to the sat-nav to save you the trouble.

When you are operating the touchscreen, you’ll find the on-screen icons are mostly large and easy to hit, and the menus are responsive and simple enough to figure out. Admittedly, it’s not as good as the systems in premium cars such Audis and BMWs, but it’s not far off the usability of the Volkswagen Group’s systems fitted to rivals such as the VW Passat and Skoda Superb.

All versions get a USB port in the front, while only Tech Line Nav models and above come with one in the rear.

Vauxhall Insignia estate build quality

Vauxhall claims that the current Insignia Sports Tourer feels more premium than ever – a statement that is largely borne out. Okay, the indicator and wiper stalks feel rather flimsy, but elsewhere there’s soft-touch plastic placed strategically in the areas you touch regularly and flashes of chrome that catch the eye, making the interior feel sufficiently plush.

There are some scratchy surfaces lower down, but we’d argue that it’s still a far nicer place to sit than a Ford Mondeo, if a little bit behind the Superb for perceived quality.

 

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There are 11 trims available for the Insignia estate. Click to see details.See all versions
Design
Design trim kicks off the Insignia range, yet it still gets a decent amount of kit. This includes auto lights, keyless start, electric front and rear windows, air-con, cruise control, a 7.0in touch...View trim
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Design Nav
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SRi
SRi gets 17in alloy wheels, front foglights, tinted rear windows, auto wipers, a spoiler, dual-zone climate control and rear USB sockets...View trim
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Tech Line
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OUR PICK
Tech Line Nav
This would be our choice. Tech Line Nav models are the same price as SRi Nav models, just without some of the sporty details. But you still get 17in alloy wheels, auto wipers, front and rear parkin...View trim
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SRi Vx-line
SRi VX-Line gets bigger wheels (unless you have the 1.6 diesel), sportier bodystyling, a heated flat-bottom steering wheel, sat-nav and a 4.2in colour display in front of the driver...View trim
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Elite
Elite Nav adds adaptive LED headlights, front foglights, tinted rear windows, leather seats that are heated up front and a Bose stereo to Tech Line Nav features. It’s also the only trim available w...View trim
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Elite Nav
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GSI Nav
This sporty model adds more bells and whistles to Tech Line Nav, including a Bose stereo, heated front seats, leather seats, keyless entry, 20in wheels and a head-up display, as well as shaper look...View trim
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