Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer - Best estate cars

Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer - front
20 Nov, 2017 4:20pm

The latest Insignia moves upmarket, and an increase in size has benefitted the estate's practicality

The make-or-break Vauxhall Insignia faces a battle to gain sales in a market where buyers are obsessed with badge prestige or are tempted by the current trend for crossovers. It has been designed to move the model upmarket, so not only does it look sharper, it's bigger, too, and that really benefits the Sports Tourer estate variant.

There's a 560-litre boot out back, but while that's 20 litres bigger than the Astra Sports Tourer, it's no great shakes against cars like the Skoda Octavia and Superb estates, especially given the Insignia's large overall dimensions.

Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer review

That's because some of the car's length has been given over to rear seat space, although again that's something the Skoda Superb Estate has it beaten for. Fold the seats flat and there's 1,665 litres of space, which is pretty good.

The real highlights of the Insignia are its plush interior and refined engines. The Whisper Diesels are efficient and punchy, and as the name suggests, they're quiet, too. The 2.0 CDTi is available for those wanting a good tow car, while the efficient turbo petrols deliver a good mix of performance and economy.

The cabin is roomy, while tech highlights include Vauxhall's OnStar concierge service, which takes in-car functionality to another level.

Best estate cars to buy in 2018

  1. 1. Skoda Octavia Estate
  2. 2. Skoda Superb Estate
  3. 3. BMW 5 Series Touring
  4. 4. Renault Megane Sport Tourer
  5. 5. Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer
  6. 6. Volvo V90
  7. 7. Mercedes E-Class Estate
  8. 8. Volkswagen Passat Estate
  9. 9. Dacia Logan MCV
  10. 10. Peugeot 308 SW
For more breaking car news and reviews, subscribe to jumbo-bg - available as a weekly magazine and on your iPad. We'll give you