Space and practicality
The Insignia’s size might not be a plus on narrow streets, but Vauxhall makes good use of it inside. In the front, a 6ft 3in driver can be a fair distance from the pedals, still with several centimetres of seat travel to spare. The dashboard is solid and there’s a quality feel. The touchscreen is mostly easy to use and is compatible with Apple Carplay and Android Auto. There’s lots of storage in the cabin, with generous door bins and space under the armrest. In the back of the car, head and legroom are plentiful. A Škoda Superb Estate has even more room, but we can’t see anyone feeling cramped in here. Boot space is long and wide, although not especially tall. There’s no load lip and a wide, unobstructed opening, so it’s easy to use all of the space. The relatively low height of the boot floor is a plus if you’re thinking of the Country Tourer as an alternative to a tall SUV. There’s a 560-litre capacity with the rear seats upright. The seats are split 60:40 and are released by buttons on either side of the tailgate. This leaves a slight slope to the floor, but not enough to be inconvenient when loading long items. The total space increases to 1665 litres with the back seats lowered. That’s competitive with most rivals, but lags behind the Škoda Superb Estate, which has a 660/1950-litre capacity. The Country Tourer isn’t as roomy or practical as the Superb, but the Škoda is unusually spacious. Compared with most family estates, the Country Tourer has plenty of room for people and luggage.