Should I buy one?
If you’ve read our other Insignia reviews the answer we give here will be a familiar one - sorry about that. Subjectively speaking, the Sports Tourer Design Nav with a 1.5-litre engine is far from the best in its class, offering little in the way of excitement and lagging behind rivals in terms of in dynamic ability.
But, and this is a big but here, objectively speaking, it offers all of the things many buyers in this class desire for a significant amount cheaper than rival models. Which, you might not be surprised to hear, is no accident.
Vauxhall has very deliberately worked on all of the areas the previous car lacked in – boot space, design and infotainment are three standout areas – and ensured they are among the best in the class in its new car. A large portion of motorists after an affordable estate will very much appreciate that, while being able to look over the car’s other downfalls quite easily.
Of course, if you’re after something engaging, enthusiastic and more refined on the road, you’ll be better off looking elsewhere in the class. But just be prepared to pay a fair bit more to get there.
Location Kemble, UK; On sale Now; Price £19,480; Price as tested £19,765; Engine 4cyls in line, 1490cc, turbocharged petrol; Power 138bhp at 5600rpm; Torque 184lb ft at 2000-4100rpm; Gearbox 6-spd manual; Kerbweight 1487kg; 0-60mph 9.6sec; Top speed 129mph; Economy 47.1mpg; CO2 139g/km Rivals: Ford Mondeo Estate, Volkswagen Passat Estate