Verdict: Spacious estate, that looks stylish and in ecoFLEX form is cheap to run
Vauxhall Insignia 2.0 CDTi Design Nav 140 ecoFLEX Start/Stop
What is it?
THE business-savvy stylish estate from Vauxhall. The Insignia Sports Tourer turns a sharp-suited hatch into a commodious transporter that can carry a big load of kit while still cutting the mustard in the company car park.
This 4.9 metres long, two metres wides, posher-named estate car seats five in comfort and also has room at the back for 540 litres of luggage, or of company kit that needs moving around. Fold the slick-action back seats away, and the Insignia ST’s maximum load capacity is a whopping 1,530 litres.
This is the business-friendly model of the range, with a 2.0-litre 140 PS ecoFLEX diesel engine and a lowly 104 g/km of CO2 output, meaning that it’s pretty reasonable for a car this size from a taxation viewpoint.
Your BIK company car tax band will be at 16 per cent and road tax is at £20 a year after a no-cost first year.
Fuel bills should be lower than with most cars with this amount of carrying capacity, The combined fuel figures of 72.4 mpg sounds pretty optimistic, and in real-world driving you are unlikely to cover 70 miles on a gallon, but 60-plus mpg should be easily attainable in normal driving.
The Insignia Sport Tourer feels generally taut and poised, nimble on the bends and tidy around town.
Its arch rival Ford Mondeo has the edge dynamically, and a new one is imminent from the blue oval brand.
But unless you’re after the ultimate thrill on wheels, this is a pretty satisfying car to drive in most conditions.
As an all-round capable business car it makes a lot of good sense.
It’s a little sleeker looking than some of its rivals too.