Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer estate (2017-2019) - Practicality & boot space
There’s impressive space for passengers and luggage alike in the Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer
This is one area where the Insignia Sports Tourer puts in a strong showing against its rivals. Shorter only than the Skoda Superb Estate in overall length, all this considerable size is put to good use. The Vauxhall steals a march on the Ford Mondeo and Volkswagen Passat estates when it comes to interior room and load space, and really shows the BMW 3 Series Touring, Audi A4 Avant and Mercedes C-Class Estate a thing or two about ‘metal for your money’.
Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer interior space & storage
The previous Insignia Sports Tourer drew criticism from some quarters – its curvaceous, streamlined rear roofline looked attractive, but it had a big effect on load space and rear-seat headroom.
Fortunately, the extra length of the latest car, together with its carefully considered overall proportions, mean these quibbles are a thing of the past. Those in the back have space to stretch out that you’d need a Mercedes S Class to truly rival and there’s sufficient headroom for taller passengers to sit upright in comfort.
The driver and front-seat passenger are well treated, too; there’s plenty of space behind the wheel and a good view out in all directions. We were pleased to find a generous array of storage cubbies, too – there are well proportioned door bins, centrally mounted cup-holders and a reasonably sized glovebox, as well as two additional lidded cubbies in the console.
Although the Insignia has overtaken the Superb when it comes to rear-seat space, the Skoda fights back with a bigger boot – a much bigger boot. In fairness, though, the Superb’s 1,950-litre total seats-down boot capacity is bigger than that of many far more expensive cars from the class above. The Vauxhall is far from disgraced – its 1,665 litres are a 135-litre improvement on the previous Insignia Sports Tourer, and this long, flat load bay is easily unlocked using the power-folding rear seats.
With the rear seats in use, the Vauxhall boasts 560 litres of boot space, compared to 525 litres for the Ford Mondeo and just 506 litres for the Mazda6 Tourer. It’s some way short of the 650-litre Passat, though, while the Superb wins the boot space race with 660 litres.