What is it?
This is the Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer 2.0 CDTi 160 Exclusiv, the higher-powered diesel version of Vauxhall’s new Insignia estate. So it’s got the same intelligently laid out, 1530-litre boot as the rest of the range; the same full-width, high-lift tailgate and false boot floor; the same classy cabin; and the same 16-valve, 2.0-litre common-rail diesel engine as the 128bhp version we’ve already reviewed, albeit in a higher state of tune.
This Insignia’s engine produces 158bhp, and as much 280lb ft of torque on temporary overboost. It’s over a second and a half faster to 60mph than the lower-powered CDTi 130, and is capable of beating 130mph flat out. And yet, according to Vauxhall’s figures, it’s no thirstier, and no more given to producing carbon dioxide, than the 128bhp car.
Sounds like a bargain, since opting for the gutsier diesel costs Insignia buyers only £500 more. So is there a good reason not to spend the extra?
What’s it like?
The Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer may not be quite as enormously capacious as its immediate forebear, but as we’ve already written, you can forgive it that considering how much more handsome it looks than a Vectra wagon in the metal, and allowing for the fact that it’s actually got more usable space behind the rear seats.