In addition, there is a definite premium feel to the interior and the exterior with the aim of competing with upmarket rivals and it's also an efficient car to run. It's particularly good as a long-distance cruiser and delivers a comfortable ride and good noise insulation. It helps too that the steering is light and the grip strong; despite the length of the car it's a good performer on country roads with little body roll. It’s also a comfortable car to drive around town with good handling.
The engines are also impressive and there's a good range to choose from with the 1.6 litre CDTi unit offering the best blend of performance and economy with owners enjoying the 134 bhp output and emissions of 104g/km - the economy is around 74 mpg.
As potential owners will expect, there's a decent list of standard equipment including Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, DAB radio and LED running lights. Other models come with automatic lights, rain sensitive windscreen wipers, dual zone climate control, 18-inch alloy wheels, parking sensors and headlight washers. One of the big attractions for the Insignia Sports Tourer is that potential buyers don't have to go mad with the options list.
The car also comes with the firm’s excellent OnStar system that will connect with emergency services should the airbags be deployed and there's also in car Wi-Fi - which could be a boon for families on long journeys, for instance.
The interior has been well designed and consists of soft touch materials to help deliver its premium look and feel. The cabin is quiet and there's plenty of space for adults and their luggage on board with the boot measuring 540 litres which increases to 1,530 litres when the rear seats are folded flat.
While there is a lot to recommend the Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer, potential owners should also take a look at the excellent Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer which while smaller offers more dynamic handling, better economy and sleeker looks. That’s not to detract from the qualities of the Insignia which is, as regular site visitors will know, is one of Car Trust’s most popular and highly recommended best car buys.