ACURA Sport Car | Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer


When it comes to attractive estate cars, we’ve never had it hence good. The latest event is the load-lugging version of the impressive novel Vauxhall Insignia.
Longer, lower, lighter together with wider than the outgoing car, the minute generation Sports Tourer has large route presence.
Inheriting sleek proficient looks from its as dashing hatchback sibling, known as the Grand Sport, the Tourer’s luggage capacity is also upwards a crucial 135 litres to 1,665.


And spell it’s non the biggest kick inwards its bird (the VW Passat together with Skoda Superb are northward of 1,750 litres), it beats the likes of the Ford Mondeo together with Mercedes-Benz C-Class. It’s also roomier within alongside plenty of infinite for 5 adults.
Size isn’t everything though, together with the Sports Tourer is also a step-up inwards damage of comfort together with represents a lot of machine for the coin (the make starts at £18,695).
Engines (all turbocharged) on offering include a 1.5-litre petrol alongside ii ability outputs (138 or 163bhp), a 1.6-litre diesel fuel (108 or 134bhp), a 167bhp 2.0-litre diesel fuel together with a 256bhp 2.0-litre petrol consummate alongside automatic gearbox together with four-wheel drive.


I tested what’s probable to live i of the biggest sellers – the to a greater extent than powerful 134bhp 1.6 diesel fuel inwards mid-range SRi Nav trim, alongside a cost tag of £23,240.
Having also sampled the 108bhp 1.6 diesel fuel together with 167bhp 2.0 diesel, for me this engine is the sweetness spot inwards the range, offering plenty of ability combined alongside superb fuel economic scheme for such a large car.
Vauxhall quotes 62.8mpg alongside depression CO2 emissions of 119g/km, together with I easily managed 50+mpg despite to a greater extent than or less spirited driving.


With a 0-60mph fourth dimension of 9.9 seconds, but seeming swifter, together with a top speed of 131mph, it’s no slouch either.
Just as impressive was the engine’s refinement together with smoothen progress through the 6-speed manual box. An automatic wasn’t available to test, but I convey tried the 8-speed auto on the 2.0-litre petrol together with it’s a proficient gearbox.
Happy inwards slower traffic together with powerful plenty for cruising on motorways at higher speeds, it’s a definite highlight.
The spacious interior is comfortable, good set out together with boasts a decent 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen inwards the centre console.


It seems good position together inside, but hold off difficult together with at that spot are a few harder dark plastics around, reminding y'all that the Sports Tourer isn’t quite upwards at that spot alongside the likes of the Volvo V90, BMW 5 Series together with Audi A6 inwards the premium sector, but it’s for certain plush plenty for close of us.
My machine also came alongside an optional Head-up Display (HUD), which is clear together with thankfully comes alongside a elementary concealment summit adjuster together with information selection toggle to the correct of the steering wheel. There is a slight reflection on the windscreen from the housing for the HUD, but Vauxhall is non the exclusively manufacturer to combat inwards this area.
Visibility is good, though the sheer length of the Sports Tourer (nearly 5 metres) is apparent when looking dorsum centrally over your shoulder, hence the rear-view photographic idiot box camera is an essential for parking.

When driving, you’re also aware of the increased width likewise – it actually feels much bigger than its predecessor, alongside a footprint non different to an Audi A6 Avant.
The Sports Tourer rides smoothly, but it’s clearly engineered to a greater extent than for cruising than hustling circular province roads because there’s a fleck of pitch together with roll. Take it gently though, together with close drivers together with passengers volition live to a greater extent than than happy alongside the comfort levels.
When it comes to cabin refinement, i time again it’s inwards its chemical ingredient on character roads, because as shortly as it gets on the rougher stuff, a non insignificant amount of route dissonance seeps in. H5N1 shame, considering the well-mannered engine.
For those pulling a caravan or a trailer, towing capacity for the Sports Tourer is upwards to 2200kg compared to the master copy Sports Tourer.


You larn a lot for your coin when it comes to equipment too. The SRi gets cruise control, automatic lights together with wipers, a touchscreen infotainment organisation alongside DAB radio, Apple CarPlay together with Android Auto, keyless entry, as good as automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane deviation alarm together with traffic sign recognition technology.
Matrix LED headlights are available as an optional extra, along alongside adaptive cruise control, heated front end seats/ steering bicycle /windscreen, panoramic sunroof together with leather seats to cite but a few.

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