Rugged version of the Vauxhall Insignia has been dropped in the UK
8 June 2015

The Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer is no longer being offered on sale in the UK, less than two years after it was launched. It has been dropped due to high re-engineering costs of fitting the new 'Whisper' diesel engine.

The Insignia range is being offered with the new 2.0CDTi 170 diesel engine, known as the ‘Whisper’ diesel, but the costs for engineering this engine to fit with the four-wheel drive system of the Country Tourer were deemed too high to make a case for offering this version in right-hand drive markets given low sales numbers to date.

The new Euro 6-compliant engine could have been offered with front-wheel drive versions of the Country Tourer, but it was not seen as being appropriate to only offer a two-wheel drive model of a car that comes with lots of off-road styling and a raised ride height.

Opel will offer the Country Tourer with the new engine in left-hand drive markets, but the small sales numbers in the UK mean it will no longer be offered over here.

Vauxhall still has cars in stock, so the Country Tourer will be sold in dealers for the time being, but no more will be offered after they have gone. The regular Insignia Sports Tourer is unaffected.

Our Verdict

Vauxhall Insignia

The Vauxhall Insignia is only small details away from rivalling the class best

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

Get the latest car news, reviews and galleries from Autocar direct to your inbox every week. Enter your email address below:

Join the debate

Comments
5

8 June 2015
One of my cousins wanted a 4WD Insignia Sport Tourer but not one with the Country Tourer plastic additions. He said they made it look ungainly and I tend to agree. Unfortunately, Vauxhall discontinued the regular 4WD estate so he bought a Skoda Superb instead.

8 June 2015
It doesn't look any worse than an Audi Allroad, though? I mean in terms of the plastic additions?

It white, at least, I think it looks okay.

9 June 2015
Dark Isle wrote:

One of my cousins wanted a 4WD Insignia Sport Tourer but not one with the Country Tourer plastic additions. He said they made it look ungainly and I tend to agree. Unfortunately, Vauxhall discontinued the regular 4WD estate so he bought a Skoda Superb instead.

It's still available as 4wd but only on the 2.8 VXR model

9 June 2015
Ruperts Trooper wrote:
Dark Isle wrote:

One of my cousins wanted a 4WD Insignia Sport Tourer but not one with the Country Tourer plastic additions. He said they made it look ungainly and I tend to agree. Unfortunately, Vauxhall discontinued the regular 4WD estate so he bought a Skoda Superb instead.

It's still available as 4wd but only on the 2.8 VXR model

Ah, no wonder he looked elsewhere if that's the only engine available!

9 June 2015
Autocar; how about a 'dodo' test of this, vs the 508 RXH, and a second-hand all-road?

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Our Verdict

Vauxhall Insignia

The Vauxhall Insignia is only small details away from rivalling the class best

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week