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Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer (2017-2019) Review

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      Launch year
      2017
      Body type
      Estate
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Diesel
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heycar rating
“Big value wagon, now discontinued”

Best bits

  • Appealing exterior looks
  • Some powerful and efficient engines
  • Strong basic specification

Not so great

  • Neither comfortable or sporty
  • Uninspiring interior
  • Thirsty top-spec models

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Overall verdict

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Driving

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Overall verdict

"The Insignia Sports Tourer fails to perform particularly well in one area. That said, it’s good value if you go for the base specification and comes with a decent range of engines."

Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer Front Side View

Vauxhall’s Insignia Sports Tourer is very much the last of a long line of large estates, following on from the Vectra and Cavalier before it. Having been introduced in the UK in 2017, Vauxhall withdrew it from sale in 2019, with the hatchback Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport version continuing.


The Insignia Sports Tourer follows the big estate template to the letter. Based on the Insignia hatchback that was introduced in the same year, the Sports Tourer combines a clean, modern and even slightly sporty design with a giant load area.


On the inside the Sports Tourer borrows heavily from the regular Insignia in terms of interior fixtures and fittings. It’s quite a simple layout in comparison to some of its competitors, with a conventionally sized touchscreen and an analogue instrument display rather than a multitude of screens. 


Not that the Sports Tourer isn’t well equipped. Even the basic trim has a swathe of kit that would be more than enough for most people. The Insignia Sports Tourer is also big inside of course, with room enough for four or five adults and, as we said, a generous boot.


On the engine front, the Sports Tourer kicks off with a 1.5-litre petrol available in 140PS and 165PS forms – the latter is one of our favourites thanks to its mixture of performance and economy. Above that there is a 1.6-litre with 200PS, and at the top of the Insignia Sports Tourer tree there’s a 2.0-litre with 260PS and four-wheel-drive. 


On the diesel front, there is a 1.6-litre available in 110PS or 136PS forms – the latter is our pick of the diesels – or a bigger 2.0-litre unit with 170PS or 210PS.


To drive, the Insignia Sports Tourer offers something of a mixed bag. You would hope that it either offered a sporty driving experience or a high level of comfort – or ideally a little of both – but if anything it manages to fall a little short of doing either.  As it is, the suspension struggles to cope with poor surfaces whether you have the setup on small wheels or the more sophisticated active damper system in tandem with larger wheels. 


Yet it can also be a bit wallowy in corners and never feels particularly happy being hurried. Drive sedately on the motorway and it is controlled and quiet, but you’d expect that from any of its direct rivals.


So the Vauxhall’s more of a near miss than a direct hit on the large family car class, keep reading for a more detailed explanation for why that is.


Is the Insignia Sports Tourer right for you?

If you’re looking for a big estate that you can chuck loads of luggage in and carry people at the same time, then the Insignia Sports Tourer will likely be on your shortlist. 


It would suit a family who needs the space for older children and their luggage, although if that’s the case you might also want to consider an MPV or SUV.


For business users the Sports Tourer’s boot space will make it an appealing option, although some of the engines  have relatively high fuel consumption and emissions, so it is important to choose carefully. 

What’s the best Insignia Sports Tourer model/engine to choose?

Even though there is a wealth of engines to choose from, some of the units are best ignored. 


The most powerful 260PS 2.0-litre petrol will barely manage 30mpg while the 2.0-litre 210PS diesel is also disappointingly thirsty for its type. The 165PS petrol makes the most sense for those who don’t want a diesel, while the 135PS 1.6-litre diesel is the best compromise for performance and economy. Consider the lower-output 170PS 2.0-litre diesel if you plan to tow regularly, though.


As for the trim levels, the basic Design trim is a good choice that's packed with useful kit like keyless start, cruise control, DAB, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and automatic emergency braking. 

What other cars are similar to the Insignia Sports Tourer?

The key players in this segment are both from the Volkswagen Group – the Skoda Superb Estate and the Volkswagen Passat Estate. Both are huge inside, offer a high level of interior quality and a strong engine range. The Superb is the biggest estate in the class and a bit cheaper, whereas the Passat is slightly less spacious but posher.


Ford’s Mondeo Estate is another obvious rival, while Volvo’s V90 is another large estate that offers generous boot space and excellent accommodation for passengers. There's also the Peugeot 508 SW.

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Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer Front Interior

On the inside

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Driving

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How much does it cost to run

Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer Rear Side View

Prices, versions and specification