Used Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer (2009 - 2017) Review

Review by Simon Harris on
Last Updated: 02 Sep 2014
3.5
The Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer represents a transformation from the firm's previous large family car, the Vectra. It's a far more stylish looking car in all its guises, but the estate version is perhaps the most handsome.
Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer (09-17)
  • Elegant styling
  • Quality interior feel
  • Some clever practical features
  • Poor ride on 18-inch wheels
  • Restricted rear visibility
  • Clunky manual gear change

New price range:

£19,035 - £34,780

Used price range:

£1,160 - £12,959

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

3.5 out of 5

The Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer represents a transformation from the firm's previous large family car, the Vectra. It's a far more stylish looking car in all its guises, but the estate version is perhaps the most handsome.

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 and any Vectra owners used to carrying large items will be a little disappointed by the lack of space.

Disappointingly, the latest diesel engines aren't as quiet or refined as those in alternative estates.

In June 2010 the diesel engines saw significant improvements to make them quieter and more refined resulting in the cabin being a more relaxed and comfortable place to be when it comes to noise levels. It's also a comfortable and refined car, so if you're covering lots of miles it's a sensible choice.

Major facelift in 2013

In 2013 the Insignia range received a major update. The headline stat was the inclusion of a quartet of new engines, one of which is capable of CO2 emissions as low as 104g/km for ultra-low road and company car tax.

The 2.0-litre diesel engine is now available in three power outputs – 118bhp, 138bhp and 161bhp – and the two lower-powered units can return the lowest emissions with claimed average fuel economy of 72.4mpg.

Petrol power is now available via a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine with 168bhp and 280Nm of torque, and a 2.0-litre version with 248bhp and 400Nm.

The chassis has been updated too, the Insignia now more comfortable than ever over long distances.

Happily, the interior has also undergone a major refresh to keep the Sports Tourer on par with its rivals. Ditto the safety kit, which has been given a huge boost on the recent car. This can be further added to via the optional extras list.

An all-new multimedia and sat-nav system is now available which is far easier to use than previous attempts. It can be controlled via voice, touchscreen or by a new ‘touchpad’ next to the gear lever.

To find out more about this extremely popular estate car, read on for the full Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer review.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

3.5 out of 5

Performance

4 out of 5

Handling

3 out of 5

Comfort

3 out of 5

Practicality

4 out of 5

Behind the wheel

3 out of 5

Safety

4 out of 5

Reliability

3.5 out of 5

Running costs

2.5 out of 5

Green credentials

2.5 out of 5

Buying used

3.5 out of 5

Selling

3 out of 5

Equipment

4 out of 5

What owners say...

 It is spacious and comfortable on long journeys’. I appreciate the cruise control and the good MPG on long haul trips.  

5 out of 5

Raymond Colla ,   22 Jun 2015    ... read more

 Flat load space in rear, rear seats fold flat easily and rear has three Isofix fittings.  

4 out of 5

Guy Osborne ,   31 May 2011    ... read more

 Space - I have a growing family and they all fit comfortably in the car.  

5 out of 5

paul fountain ,   26 Aug 2010    ... read more

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