Insignia Sports Tourer Tech Line Nav 2.0 170PS Turbo D BlueInjection
and SUVs have done
their utmost to poach sales from
traditional estate cars, but the load-
luggers are fighting back
Vauxhalls new Insignia Sports
Tourer definitely puts the flavour
back into traditional wagons...
THE SPORTS TOURER enters the ring well-equipped for the fightback. On its side
it has handsome 'lifestyle' estate lines and an undeniable touch of class; not
only is it eye-catching but it won't break the bank. And measuring five metres
nose-to-tail it's more than big and practical enough to handle just about any
work or pleasure duties you choose to task it with.
The cabin is spacious five-people spacious. And the boot and load bay
big with a capital B (if you want figures, try these on for size: 560 litres
which, when the rear seats are folded down, grows to an impressive 1,665 litres).
That's a lorra luggage in your loadbay. Which is why nothing really beats a
large estate car for full-on family use.
you haven't looked inside a Vauxhall for a while then open the door (no key
necessary), settle behind the steering wheel and be very pleasantly surprised.
The first thumbs-up comes from the ritzy décor, twin-cockpit architecture and
inviting sports-style seats.
you havent looked
inside a Vauxhall for a
while then open the door
(no key necessary),
settle behind the steering
wheel and be very
The first thumbs-up
comes from the
and inviting sports-
Well-padded, upholstered in leather and with resolute bolstering that keeps
you well located without any pinching, and enhanced by extending under-knee
front cushions, they're as good to sit in as they look. Switchgear and controls
are pleasingly well-ordered and the multifunction steering wheel controls are
as intuitive and easy to use as you'd want. And when Jack Frost comes calling
(as he will), the three-stage heated seats let you laugh in his face.
The overstitched leather rim is good to grip and the driving position first-rate
thanks to fine-tuning powered seat tilt adjustment; you can see down the bonnet,
plus visibility all-round is unhindered. And there's room to spare in all directions
starting with a fist of headroom and plenty left over for shoulders and
The optional panoramic sunroof boosts the cabin ambiance no end, flooding the
cabin with glorious light even on the dullest winter's day (a powered one-shot
full-length opaque sunblind softens the suns rays if that's what you or your
passengers prefer). If you favour real fresh air or an even clearer view of
the stars then you'll like the sunroof's front section, which can be tilted
or slid open with a light press on the one-shot switch.
Other nice touches include the buttons on the sides of the front headrests for
über-easy adjustment; the idiot-proof drive-through electric parking brake (even
die-hard pull-up handbrake traditionalists will like it); the generous in-cabin
storage; the 'voice' button on the steering wheel for controlling the audio,
phone and navigation; and the climate button that brings up the settings on
the main touchscreen and lets you make adjustments either on-screen or using
the climate control panel.
The three-gauge dial cluster ahead of the driver comprises white-on-black outer
dials (unbeatable for clarity) with a digitally-generated central speedometer
one of many selections on the 8-inch multi-mode driver's information
display showing a large speed readout with, close by, the posted speed
limit. To the left, the centrepiece of the fascia is the large touchscreen that
fronts Vauxhall's Navi 900 IntelliLink infotainment and navigation system.
serves up a mobile phone portal, smartphone mirroring via Apple CarPlay and
Android Auto, traffic sign recognition (recognising different road signs including
temporary speed restrictions), 3D navigation with European coverage (strong
points include the sharply-defined street names on the maps, clear-cut spoken
directions, and the foolproof auto zoom at junctions), Bluetooth and audio streaming,
handsfree calls, phone book access, DAB digital radio, sixty configurable favourites
(including contacts, addresses, playlists, radio stations and voice recognition),
and USB connection with iPod control.
of the time the
is reduced to a non-
hum, making for relaxed
progress and quiet
You might think that
youd get more
refinement from a
but paying more for your
badge wont necessarily
get you anything
noticeably quieter than
this 2.0-litre turbodiesel
Equipment is generous with keyless entry (on all four doors, not just two as
some other brands give you) and keyless start, dual-zone electronic climate
control, electrically-adjustable heated door mirrors, electric front and rear
windows (all one-shot), electric parking brake, cruise control with speed limiter,
auto-dimming anti-dazzle rearview mirror, three USB sockets, drive-off auto
door locking, and Vauxhall's OnStar personal connectivity and mobility assistant.
Along with upgraded Comms, OnStar offers plenty of peace of mind. Like a spare
wheel or emergency tyre repair kit, you hope you'll never need it but
in the event of a crash in which an airbag is deployed an OnStar advisor is
automatically alerted who can, if necessary, notify emergency services.
In addition to this, OnStar provides a 24-Hour Emergency Call Service with Roadside
Support, a smartphone App that will locate your car as well as remotely give
it the once over and report back. For many owners, even more desirable is OnStar's
4G Wi-Fi hotspot for fast and stable Internet access wherever and whenever.
And should your car ever be stolen, OnStar will help get it back! Furthermore,
an OnStar advisor is always on hand to provide you with any address you might
Safety kit is equally comprehensive with front and rear parking sensors, auto
lights and rain-sensitive wipers, six airbags, Electronic Stability Programme,
Forward Collision Alert with automatic emergency city braking, Following Distance
Indicator, Lane Departure warning with Lane Assist, tyre pressure monitoring,
automatic lighting control (with tunnel detection and high beam assist), LED
daytime running lights, and LED tail lights.
If you want to cover every eventuality there's a range of optional driver 'assists'
such as Vauxhall's innovative and award-winning IntelliLux LED matrix headlights,
Adaptive Cruise Control, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, a personal parking jockey
(Advanced Park Assist), and a head-up display.
Insignia Sports Tourer comes with a five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating, achieving
exceptionally high scores for its occupant protection for adults and children,
pedestrian protection and safety assist technology.
Comms, OnStar offers
plenty of peace of mind.
Like a spare wheel or
emergency tyre repair kit,
you hope youll
need it but in the
event of a crash in which
an airbag is deployed
an OnStar advisor is
automatically alerted who
can, if necessary, notify
features in particular were commended by NCAP: the active bonnet, which lifts
up in milliseconds in the event of a collision, increasing the distance to the
engine for improved pedestrian protection, and the Insignia's Automatic Emergency
Braking system which can detect pedestrians and other vehicles, and which was
praised for its good performance, with accidents being avoided or mitigated
at higher speeds.
When it comes to deciding on a powertrain Vauxhall offers you a selection of
unleaded or diesel engines with six-speed manual and six- or eight-speed autoboxes.
Engines range from a turboed 1.5-litre petrol (162bhp) to 1.6 (108/134bhp) and
2.0-litre (167bhp) turbodiesel units.
The 167bhp (170PS) Turbo D we've been driving is a punchy four-cylinder turbodiesel.
With 295lb ft of torque on tap from 1,750rpm, it's a strong and responsive unit,
muscular enough to make light work of moving an Insignia regardless of whether
it's full of family members, stuffed to the gunnels with cargo, or even towing
It makes everyday driving easy, with the minimum of gearchanges you often
find yourself in a higher gear when suddenly getting a move on, and without
needing to change down and when you do need to skip through the ratios
the well-weighted clutch pedal and easy change action ensure it's never hard
Most of the time the turbodiesel's soundtrack is reduced to a non-intrusive
background hum, making for relaxed progress and quiet motorway cruising. You
might think that you'd get more refinement from a premium brand, but paying
more for your badge won't necessarily get you anything noticeably quieter than
this 2.0-litre turbodiesel from Vauxhall.
Helping to minimise your running costs is the 2.0-litre Turbo D's pretty restrained
thirst for diesel the official EU lab figure for the Combined Cycle is
53.3mpg. Our week spent on all manner of roads and routes saw a respectable
45.9mph average recorded close enough to the official figure to show
that for many real-world drivers, hitting a meaningful 50mpg should be achievable.
Sports Tourer has decent road manners to accompany its crisp handling, and feels
more 'alive' than you might be expecting for a car of its size.
has decent road manners
to accompany its crisp
handling, and feels more
than you might
be expecting for a car
of its size.
The steering is nicely
weighted, and you can
place the car with
bends and corners...
steering is nicely weighted, and you can place the car with confidence entering
bends and corners and it grips well on its way through. Our test car
was fitted with the optional Flexride which enables the driver to choose from
three driving modes: Normal (the default setting), Sport, and Tour.
you're planning on pressing on you'll want the Sport setting this firms
up the ride and sharpens up the engine and steering responses; come in hard-charging
in Sport and the Tourer feels well planted and committed to your line.
Not that you'll be hard done by if you opt to leave it in the default Normal
because even then it's a very pleasant, secure-handling and competent car to
drive. Whatever the tempo of your driving, there's strong stopping power from
the all-disc brakes, with heavy-duty vented callipers at the front.
There's a well-judged accommodation between driving enjoyment and comfort and,
as per the 'Tourer' part of its name, the Insignia's chassis serves up a compliant
ride, particularly at lower speeds, with the deep sidewalled tyres (225/55 Bridgestones
wrapped around 17-inch alloy wheels) helping to soak up the bumps.
In Tour mode, A-roads and motorways are places where it can show off its laid-back,
long-distance, mile-eating qualities. The icing on the cake is the peaceful
cabin environment it's well insulated against engine, road, and wind,
Despite the sports-style tailgate, the 560-litre boot one of the biggest
is as versatile as it is big; pull the release levers in the rear boot
and the 40:20:40-split seatbacks dive forward and self-fold, opening the boot
out to a 1,665-litre loadbay with a seamlessly flat floor that's capable of
swallowing long bulky items.
Roof rails add extra carrying options while a 2,200kg braked trailer can be
towed. Other appreciated features include a built in dog/cargo guard and a roller
luggage cover that lifts to 45 degrees for quicker access as the tailgate rises.
You'll also find sturdy bag hooks and, below the two-section folding boot floor,
a deep well with extra space for oddments.
using the rear cabin will sing your praises. Not only is it easy to get in and
out, but there's a huge amount of personal space. Most importantly, they'll
enjoy loads of legroom and relaxing backrest angles along with comfy headrests
(there's still a fist of headroom even when leaning back enjoying that fab view
of the skyline through the extensive glass roof).
has a pretty restrained
thirst: a week spent
on all manner of roads
saw a respectable
be able to hit 50mpg...
Making it as home-from-home as possible is a wide padded centre armrest (two
is always better than three side-by-side, although that's physically possible
without any boundary disputes), built-in cupholders, reading lights, hanger
slots, damped grabs, magazine pouches, practical door bins, two USB ports, rear
cabin air vents and floor-level heating ducts.
Those who value their privacy will rate the dark tinted glass fitted to the
long side windows, while parents will be grateful for the three ISOFIX child
seat mounting points. And while the full-depth centre section backrest can be
handy when folded down for carrying long loads while at the same time accommodating
two rear passengers, it can also double as a useful informal table for the kids.
With polished styling, more than enough comfort and a bundle of kit, the value-for-money
Insignia Sports Tourer is a competent family-friendly load-lugger that's easy
to live with. And it can give even prestige-badged rivals a run for their money
(and leave more of it in your back pocket). Fly the Griffin! ~ MotorBar
Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer Tech Line Nav 2.0 Turbo D |
Maximum speed: 140mph | 0-60mph: 8.2 seconds | Test Average: 45.9mpg
Power: 167bhp | Torque: 295lb ft | CO2: 136g/km