Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • Door/boot open warning light
  • Exterior temperature gauge
  • Low fuel level warning light
  • Navi 900 IntelliLink with sat nav, colour touchscreen, DAB radio, USB, bluetooth, bluetooth audio streaming, Apple CarPlay
  • Oil level gauge
  • Rev counter
  • Speed sensitive power steering
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Trip computer
  • Vauxhall OnStar emergency assistance
  • Voice control system

Entertainment

  • Auxiliary input socket
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls

Exterior Features

  • Automatic lighting control
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour electric adjustable heated door mirrors
  • Chrome effect window surrounds
  • Dark tinted rear glass
  • Door sill kick plates
  • Electric front windows + drivers one touch
  • Electric headlight beam leveling
  • Electric rear windows with anti pinch facility
  • Follow me home headlights
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated rear windscreen
  • Integrated fuel filler cap
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Rear wiper
  • Silver roof rails
  • Tinted glass including windscreen

Interior Features

  • 12V power point front/rear
  • 4 way electrically adjustable lumbar support for drivers seat
  • 40/20/40 split folding rear seat
  • Additional storage compartment in boot
  • Air recirculation system
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Anti submarining seats
  • Boot lashing points
  • Centre console with armrest
  • Chrome inner door handles
  • Delay courtesy light function
  • Double luggage compartment
  • Driver/passenger reading lights
  • Driver/passenger sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Dual zone electronic climate control + multi zone sun sensor + humidity sensor
  • Footwell illumination
  • Front headrests
  • Front seat back map pockets
  • Height adjustable outer rear head restraints
  • Illuminated boot
  • Illuminated glovebox
  • Interior courtesy light operated by all doors
  • ISOFIX on front passenger and rear outer seats
  • Leather gear knob
  • Lidded front door storage with drinks holder + armrest
  • Luggage compartment cover, removable
  • Pollen filter
  • Quick heater
  • Rake/reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Rear courtesy lights
  • Rear door pockets with bottle holders
  • Rear passenger heating ducts
  • Reclining front seats
  • Stainless steel trim to luggage compartment lip

Packs

  • Driver Assistance Pack 1 - Insignia
  • Sight and Light Pack - Insignia

Safety

  • ABS
  • Brake assist
  • Child locks on rear doors
  • CSC - Cornering stability control
  • Driver/passenger 2 stage auto adaptive airbags
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Electronic Stability Programme
  • Front and rear outer seat belt pre-tensioners
  • Front lateral airbags
  • Front side airbags
  • Full size curtain airbags
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Hill start assist
  • Passenger airbag deactivation system
  • Seatbelt reminders for driver and front passenger
  • Three 3 point rear seatbelts
  • Traction control
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • Immobiliser
  • Keyless entry and start
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Remote central deadlocking
  • Remote security alarm system
  • Smart entry + Smart start
  • Thatcham approved anti-theft system

Technical

  • Lowered and uprated sports suspension

Trim

  • Hexagon inserts in dark metallic on facia and doors

Wheels

  • 17" alloy wheels

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)

112

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1598

Compression Ratio

16.0:1

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

79.7

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

88.7

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Fuel Delivery

COMMON RAIL

Gears

6 SPEED

Number of Valves

16

Transmission

MANUAL

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

65.7

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

74.3

EC Urban (mpg)

56.5

General

Badge Engine CC

1.6

Badge Power

110

Based On ID

Coin Description

Turbo D ecoTec

Coin Series

SRi Nav

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

14E

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

93

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

85

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

5

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

78

NCAP Safety Assist %

69

Safety Concerns?

1

Service Interval Frequency - Months

12

Service Interval Mileage

20000

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

60000

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

3

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

Engine Power - BHP

110

Engine Power - KW

81

Engine Power - RPM

4000

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

221

Engine Torque - MKG

30.6

Engine Torque - NM

300

Engine Torque - RPM

2000

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Spare

TYRE REPAIR KIT

Wheel Style

Wheel Type

17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Wheelbase

2829

Width

1863

Width (including mirrors)

2093

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

62

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

1405

No. of Seats

5

On The Road

Driver Convenience

Entertainment

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Trim

Wheels

Summary

The estate car's task has never been a tougher one with the sector of the market it once had to itself now swarming with compact 4x4 and MPV rivals. The solution, as employed by Vauxhall with this much improved Insignia Sports Tourer, is to concentrate on sleek styling, a polished driving experience and a premium feel. The car is certainly a desirable product. The question is whether enough people will desire it over the numerous alternatives available to the family with this kind of money to spend. If you're after a genuine all-rounder that's comfortable and entertaining on the road, has a decent carrying capacity and looks that can turn heads, it should make a sound choice.

Background

Many predicted that MPVs and 4x4s would be the death of the estate car. There's no doubt that they dragged it into an alleyway and roughed it up a bit, but they failed to finish the job and the estate has come out fighting. With a smaller section of the market to compete over, the top estate products got their acts together. They're now more keenly differentiated from the saloons and hatchbacks that spawned them with sleeker styling and more innovative and practical load areas. If you'd written the estate off as an outmoded product, now might be the time to give the modern take on the genre another chance and there's no better place to start than Vauxhall's much improved second generation Insignia Sports Tourer. There's a revised engine range, major styling changes and even the promise of an SUV-inspired fashionable 4WD 'Country Tourer' model at the top of the line-up.

Driving Experience

On the move, this Insignia Sports Tourer feels like the bigger car it's now become, the suspension floating you over broken surfaces that would have troubled and impeded the previous model. Importantly, this second generation model is around 200kg lighter than its predecessor and that really shows when cornering at speed, where there's less body roll than before and generally, a much higher level of agility. As for engines, well most buyers will continue to want the 170PS 2.0 CDTi diesel, also available in 210PS biturbo form. There are also 110PS and 136PS versions of Vauxhall's 1.6-litre CDTi diesel. Turn your attention to petrol power and both units on offer are completely new. Small capacity turbocharged engines that use unleaded are very much in vogue at present and the 1.5-litre unit supplied here should suit that trend, offered with either 140 or 165PS. Further up the range sits a potent 260PS 2.0-litre petrol Turbo model that showcases both of what are arguably the two most significant engineering developments introduced with this second generation Insignia. One is the super-slick 8-speed auto gearbox that's optional on lesser models. The other is a sophisticated new intelligent all-wheel drive system that uses a state-of-the-art rear torque vectoring system for greater cornering traction and sharper turn-in.

Design and Build

Style is a significant weapon in the estate car's armoury. In the war against chunky compact 4x4s and frumpy MPVs, the sleek, road-hugging lines of a well-conceived estate can have a major impact on its fortunes. The Insignia Sports Tourer definitely looks the part. So what's changed on this second generation version? Well, at nearly 5m long, it's 73mm longer than the MK1 model an is a lot more spacious inside thanks to a 92mm increase in wheelbase length. The overall boot loading length has grown to over two metres, too, which has resulted in an enlarged total capacity of 1,665-litres with the rear seats down - 110-litres up on the outgoing model. However, the 560-litre capacity with the seats in place is no better than before. The seats themselves can be ordered with a 40:20:40 folding mechanism, while an electric tailgate with foot gesture opening is also available. Vauxhall has also made loading easier with a lower load lip. Up front, there's an enormous improvement over what was served up by the previous Insignia. Fit and finish is almost a match for the premium brands and in the instrument binnacle, most models get a smart and configurable 4.2-inch colour screen, plus there's a sophisticated Intellilink screen on the dash that can be up to 8-inches in size.

Market and Model

There's a £1,500 model-for-model premium to pay if you want the extra luggage space of the Sports Tourer estate variant rather than the Grand Sport five-door hatch. This station wagon bodystyle is also available in raised 4x4 'Country Tourer' guise if you want an alternative to an SUV. Despite the fact that this Insignia Sports Tourer has been pushed up-market, prices have been kept very competitive - and indeed have been sharpened so that they more accurately fit the latest 'BIK' 'Benefit-in-Kind' categories. In fact from launch, Vauxhall claimed that some versions of this MK2 model Insignia Sports TourerSport were up to £1,500 less expensive than their direct first generation predecessors. To be specific, we're talking about a range priced in the £19,000 to £30,000 bracket. Those really are very affordable figures for a car of this size. Let's take a look at a few specifics on the model line-up. Automatic transmission is an option across the range for around £1,700 - it's the brand's latest 8-speed auto 'box. Bear in mind that to get the 2.0-litre CDTi diesel most buyers will probably choose, you're looking at pricing starting from just under £22,000. Four-wheel drive is limited to the top 210PS 2.0-litre biturbo diesel and to the 260PS 2.0-litre Turbo petrol model, both derivatives only available with auto transmission and models that could easily command a list price tag of around £32,000 if you added in a few well-chosen extras.

Cost of Ownership

Around 85% of Insignia buyers go for a diesel - and you can see why. Well over 61mpg is possible from the 1.6 CDTi 136PS unit most Sports Tourer buyers will choose. That falls to 53.3mpg if you go for the 2.0-litre diesel. As for residual values, well these will depend on whether the industry recognises this Sports Tourer model's shift up-market. Even if it does, the depreciation levels won't match those of premium German rivals. But then, you'll be paying less up-front in the first place, so it's swings and roundabouts. CO2 figures are very competitive, the 136PS 1.6-litre diesel capable of 119g/km of CO2. The base 1.5-litre petrol variant manages 47.1mpg and 136g/km. You'll also need to know that Vauxhall includes a three-year, 60,000 mile warranty as standard, a package that can be extended up to five years and 100,000 miles at extra cost. A year's free breakdown cover is also provided, along with a six-year anti-corrosion guarantee. Plus you can opt for a service plan that lets you pay monthly to spread the cost of regular work to your car. As part of this, Vauxhall offers discounts on wear and tear items, such as brake pads and windscreen wipers.