Review: Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer (2017)

Rating:

Huge load area. Loads of interior space. Quiet and refined. Good value for money.

Panoramic glass roof eats into headroom. Lacklustre 1.6-litre diesel engines. Some cheap details in the cabin.

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2 October 2019

Report of hired Vauxhall Insignia Tourer (automatic) autonomously slowing down and stopping on a straight road with the consequence that a car behind has drove into it. Read more

9 October 2018

On a certain number of Insignia models built between January 2017 and September 2017, the clip of a fuel line bundle might chafe against the fuel pump hose, resulting in fuel leaks and in the worst case... Read more

2 August 2018 New 1.6-litre Direct Injection Turbo petrol engine launched

The four-cylinder engine produces peak power of 200PS at 5500 rpm and develops 280Nm of torque from 1650-4500 rpm. Read more

Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer (2017): At A Glance

If you’re looking for load space, the Vauxhall Insignia is easily one of the best family estate cars around. Plus it’s relaxed and comfortable to drive with enough space for adults in the back. The engine range isn’t all that impressive and the interior could use better materials – but there’s still a lot to like.

The boot is obviously the most important bit of any estate and, on that front, the Insignia is great. The load capacity may trail behind estate versions of the Skoda Superb and Volkswagen Passat, but at 560 litres it is larger than a Ford Mondeo Estate and a significant step up over the outgoing model.

Getting awkward items like pushchairs in and out is easy since the load deck is low, wide and long, plus there is no load lip. If you need a little more space, one touch buttons flip the rear seats down almost completely flat, freeing up a huge 1665 litres of capacity. Garden centre trips and flat packs won’t be a problem.

As is typical for Vauxhall, the engine range is very broad. There are petrol engines with 140PS, 165PS or 260PS, along with diesels producing 110PS, 136PS, and 170PS. Since most Insignias end up as company cars, the 110PS and 136PS diesels will make the most sense because they have the lowest emissions.

The drive isn’t particularly fun, but it is quiet and relaxed. Not much wind or engine noise gets into the cabin even at motorway speeds and bumps are ironed out well,. Yet through corners the Insignia Sports Tourer is reassuringly capable and has plenty of grip. And, if you need even more traction, you can get a 4x4 version.

Equipment levels are reasonable across the almost bewildering array of trim levels. All versions come with a touchscreen, air conditioning and cruise control, while navigation is standard on most trim levels. There are lots of safety gizmos on offer too including adaptive cruise control and lane assistance.

The Skoda Superb is more spacious, better to drive and has a much better interior finish. But for outright space the new Insignia Sports Tourer is excellent – and when you consider its extremely competitive pricing it starts to look like very good value for money, despite a few small flaws. 

What does a Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer (2017) cost?

List Price from £20,045
Buy new from £18,266
Contract hire from £280.94 per month
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Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer (2017): What's It Like Inside?

Dimensions
Length 4986 mm
Width 2093 mm
Height 1514 mm
Wheelbase 2829 mm

Full specifications

If you want a lot of load space, the Insignia Sports Tourer is one of the best estate cars around. The low, flat and wide load deck is perfect for family life – getting things like golf bags, pushchairs and heavy shopping in and out is extremely easy plus there’s enough room to pack plenty of stuff in.

The little things are well thought out too. The load cover, for example, is easy to remove or refit without it getting stuck – and the rear seat backs can be folded down with one touch of the levers in the load area. Load capacity is 560 litres with the seats up or 1665 litres with them down – bigger than the Ford Mondeo but smaller than the Skoda Superb.

There’s more than a metre of width between the wheel arches and two metres of load length with the rear seats folded down. In simple terms, that means those occasional trips to buy furniture or empty the attic into a skip aren’t too much of a headache, because the load area is low, wide and long.

Back row space is ample for adults, with plenty of leg room and lots of head room (or hat room). But if you regularly carry taller occupants in the back, avoid the panoramic sunroof – it really eats into the amount of space. No problem if you have kids though – plus access for getting them and their seats in and out is good.

Elsewhere, the Insignia Sports Tourer is just like the saloon. That means comfortable seats and sturdy build, but the plastics don’t feel as plush those in, for example, a Volkswagen Passat. There are lots of little details that feel cheap, too, like fake chrome trim on the electric parking brake switch.

It’s a shame, because there are other bits that are great. The seats are really comfortable and have loads of adjustment, the touchscreen system – standard on all versions - is responsive and easy to use and the optional head-up display feels really high tech. It’s like Vauxhall almost cracked it, but fell at the last hurdle by leaving a few cheap details behind.

Standard Equipment (from launch):

Design is the basic trim level. It comes with 17-inch steel wheels, auto lights, electric windows, keyless entry and start, air conditioning, cruise control, speed limiter, leather covered steering wheel with audio and phone controls, Intellilink touchscreen with Bluetooth, DAB, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, OnStar, front collision alert, lane assist and lane departure warning. 

Design Nav gains Navi 900 Intellilink system with European mapping. 

SRi adds (over Design) 17-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, dark-tinted rear windows, rear spoiler, auto wipers.

SRi Nav adds sports front seats, sports pedals, dual-zone climate control, twin rear USB sockets and Navi 900 with European mapping.

SRi VX-Line Nav gains (over SRi) 18-inch alloy wheels VXR styling pack, heated flat-bottom steering wheel, dark fabric headlining, Navi 900 with European mapping.

Tech Line Nav gains front and rear parking sensors.

Elite Nav is the top trim and features LED matrix headlights, leather seat upholstery, heated front and rear outer seats, eight-inch colour instrument binnacle display, Bose premium audio.

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What's the Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer (2017) like to drive?

Vauxhall clearly knows that Mr. Insignia spends his life on the motorway, because it’s there that the Sports Tourer is at its best. The comfortable driving position, supportive seats, easy-to-use infotainment system and quiet, easy driving dynamics make long journeys relaxing and painless.

This is the case even if you opt for the lower-powered 1.6 CDTi which, in top gear, cruises along without making a racket and has just enough torque in reserve to get by slow-moving trucks. It’s all very civilised – but if you spend a lot of time driving twisting roads then there are better options.

It’s not that the Insignia is bad on a country lane. In fact, it’s fine – with lots of predictable grip and little in the way of body roll. But the Ford Mondeo is actually quite fun to drive through bends, while the Skoda Superb and Volkswagen Passat are more accomplished overall.

The engine range is broad, with a 1.5 Turbo petrol - available with 140PS or 165PS. A good choice if you're not going to be covering big mileages. There's also a 2.0 Turbo with 260PS but it seems pretty pointless in the Insignia Sports Tourer as it's thirsty.

The a 1.6 CDTi is by far the most popular and two versions are available - one with 110PS or a 136PS model. A 2.0 CDTi with 170PS tops out the diesel line-up. The majority of Insignias end up as company cars, so the 110PS and 136PS diesels are the most popular thanks to low emissions. They’re capable but uninspiring, with just enough performance to get the job done and nothing more.

If you need extra punch then the 2.0 CDTi diesel provides it, but might be too pricey for some. In a car that’s predominantly aimed at company drivers it’s good to see petrol options. In fact, given the choice we’d recommend the 165PS petrol as the pick of the engine range – it’s punchy, refined and surprisingly economical in real world driving, with more than 40mpg a realistic target.

There’s plenty of advanced safety tech on offer - but a lot of it optional - including lane assistance, adaptive cruise control, a head-up display and forward collision alert. The car is quite big, so for backing out of spaces or driveways the rear cross traffic alert system is handy, since it warns of approaching vehicles that might be out of sight.

If you’re really not keen on parking at all then the Advanced Park Assist system is handy. It identifies a suitable parking space and then parks the car automatically – the driver only needs to control the gears, brakes and throttle, with steering taken care of automatically. 

Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
1.5 Turbo 46 mpg 8.6 s 139 g/km
1.5 Turbo 140 47 mpg 9.6 s 136 g/km
1.5 Turbo 165 46 mpg 8.6 s 139 g/km
1.5 Turbo 165 Automatic 46 mpg 8.6 s 141 g/km
1.6 Turbo 200 43 mpg 7.4 s 152 g/km
1.6 Turbo 200 Automatic - - 153 g/km
1.6 Turbo D 59–61 mpg 10.1–11.1 s 112–119 g/km
1.6 Turbo D 110 61–66 mpg 8.4 s 112 g/km
1.6 Turbo D 136 59–63 mpg 8.4 s 119 g/km
1.6 Turbo D 136 Automatic 53–59 mpg 8.4–10.5 s 119–137 g/km
1.6 Turbo D Automatic 53 mpg 10.5 s 137 g/km
2.0 Turbo 260 4x4 33 mpg 7.1 s 199 g/km
2.0 Turbo D 53 mpg 8.4 s 139 g/km
2.0 Turbo D 170 51 mpg 8.4 s 139 g/km
2.0 Turbo D 170 Automatic 47 mpg 8.8 s 144 g/km
2.0 Turbo D Automatic 40–47 mpg 8.4–8.8 s 150–187 g/km
2.0T 260 4x4 33 mpg 7.1 s 199 g/km

Real MPG average for a Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer (2017)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

87%

Real MPG

36–50 mpg

MPGs submitted

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