Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
There’s loads of space for two adults to sit side by side without fear of knocking elbows, and the seats go back enough for long-legged drivers. Head room won’t be a problem, either, since the seats can go nice and low.
Storage is good, too. The front doors have generously sized pockets that can take a small bottle of water and plenty of other bits and pieces, and there’s a spacious cubby under the centre armrest. In front of that is a pair of cupholders and another lidded cubby with enough space for a smartphone.
There’s just as much room in the rear. We doubt anyone will complain about the amount of leg room, because even our six-foot-plus testers found their knees nowhere near the back of the front seats, even with the latter occupied by similarly sized colleagues.
And, unlike the Insignia hatchback' s head room-zapping roof line, the horizontal roof of the Sports Tourer model presents no such issue. It retains a large hump in the floor, though, which can prove annoying for a middle-seat passenger. Ultimately, as versatile as this car is, nothing in this class beats the Superb Estate for rear-seat space.
Seat folding and flexibility
Design – and, annoyingly, our preferred Tech Line Nav – models have regular 60/40-split rear seats that can only be folded by manipulating a handle on the seatback itself. The rest of the range comes with handier 40/20/40 split-folding seats with one-touch release handles in the boot. Fold the rear seats down and you’ll find a small slope to push items up, but it’s no more awkward than rivals.
There’s no flat-folding front passenger seat to enable you to carry really long loads – a function that is available on the Superb.
Compared with the rival Ford Mondeo Estate, the Insignia Sports Tourer’s boot looks pretty spacious – its square shape means you can squeeze in a few more bags of shopping with the seats up or down. It also has a flush floor with a low load height which leaves no internal load lip at the edge of the tailgate opening: a boon when loading heavy items.
In outright capacity, though, the Insignia falls a couple of small suitcases short of the Superb and Passat estates.
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