Space and prac­ti­cal­ity

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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.

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