Review

Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer estate

Price  £18,884 - £29,669

Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer estate

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Smart styling
  • Solid build quality
  • Good ride comfort
Cons
  • Poor used values
  • Noisy diesel engines
  • Astra Sports Tourer is almost as practical

At a glance

“The Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer is a well built and comfortable family estate car, though the compromised boot space and poor used values hinder its appeal.”

As a more cost-effective alternative to cars like the Audi A4 Avant and Peugeot 508 SW, the Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer initially makes a good impression.

It has the fit-and-finish inside and out to compete with its more upmarket rivals, overall running costs are on par with the more efficient cars in this class and there are plenty of trim packages to choose from.

The Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer also works very well as a long-distance cruiser, thanks to its comfortable ride, good noise insulation and extremely supportive seats. However, the noisy diesel engines do spoil the ambiance somewhat, and – despite the Sports part of its name – the Vauxhall Insignia estate isn’t much better to drive than a Skoda Octavia Estate or Hyundai i40 Tourer.

It's also worth pointing out that the least powerful diesel – the 118bhp 2.0-litre CDTi – isn’t the nicest engine in the range, even though Vauxhall expects that most Insignia Sports Tourer buyers will choose it.

Our recommendation is the marginally punchier 138bhp version, since it's just as efficient, isn’t that much more expensive to buy outright and accelerates strongly from low revs.

What really lets the Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer down, however, is its poor boot space. Although it's not the least practical car in this class, its limited boot size does lag behind what you get in more spacious rivals.

There are even some cars in the class below with similar storage space to the Insignia estate. For example, with the rear seats in place, its boot is only 40 litres larger than the Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer's.

MPG, running costs & CO2

3.5 / 5

The Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer is affordable to run and insure, although it’s let down by average used values

Engines, drive & performance

3.4 / 5

Despite being called a Sports Tourer, the Vauxhall Insignia estate isn’t engaging to drive. It’s a very good motorway cruiser, though

Interior & comfort

3.6 / 5

The supportive seats, good overall build quality and decent equipment make the Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer a very pleasant car to spend time in

Practicality & boot space

4.1 / 5

The Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer has plenty of room for passengers, although the boot is on the small side for this class

Reliability & safety

3.2 / 5

Overall build quality is solid, although the five-star safety rating may be a bit out of date now

What the others say

3.1 / 5
based on 4 reviews
4 / 5
“The Insignia ST will easily take five adults plus their luggage and, unlike the Insignia saloon and hatchback, there's plenty of headroom for rear passengers thanks to the longer roofline.” 
2 / 5
“The Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer has some strong points, but overall it's below par in an extremely competitive class.” 
3.5 / 5
“Quality levels match the best available and the Insignia feels more upmarket than the car it replaced. However, the Sports Tourer doesn't quite have the levels of practicality of some alternative estates.” 
6 / 10
“The Insignia is a decent all-rounder, and the Sports Tourer is an improvement on the hatch, which is compromised by that raking roofline.” 

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What owners say

4.14
4.1 /5 based on 55 reviews
62%
 people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated
8 Dec 2014
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