LET’S face it . . . it’s something we’ve all done.
You leave your car on a vast and packed shopping centre open air car park and you come back to realise you have forgotten exactly where you left it.
So our Insignia Sports Tourer’s electricallyoperated hatchback proved to be useful in an unintended way.
Stand in the middle of roughly where you think you left the car, push the remote button and, hey-presto, a door ascends three rows away.
A feature more commonly found on more upmarket vehicles, the electric rear door is standard on Vauxhall’s Sports Tourer Elite, along with a raft of other equipment which you would struggle to find on any other large estate car priced at just a shade over £25,000.
The latest, facelifted Insignias hit our roads last October and have quickly become a regular sight.
Competitive pricing (from £16,279) and best in class MPG figures from diesel and Ecoflex models (a claimed up to 88 miles from every gallon on a long run for the 2.0CDTi thanks to the Insignia being the most aerodynamic car in its class) have also helped Vauxhall shift loads.
The 2014 model changes included refreshed exterior front and rear styling, new interior fascia and controls, optional 8in touchscreen infotainment display, four new engine choices, enhancements to chassis dynamics and a near £2,000 price cut over the outgoing model.
Our test car had the 1.6i turbo petrol engine which, I suspect, will end up being quite a rare beast as the vast majority of buyers will go for the super-economical diesel and Ecoflex variants, which will better by a good 20mpg the 45.6mpg figures of this model (53 on a long run).
Pricing for the New Insignia starts at £16,279 for the Design, up to £29,329 for the Elite model.
●● The 2014 Insignia range