In­signia makes its mark with new sports tourer

South Wales Echo - - MOTORS -

so you could read ev­ery­thing in the wind­screen from your speed to what ra­dio chan­nel you were play­ing with­out hav­ing to take your eyes off the road.

By any stan­dards the Tourer is a long car but park­ing sen­sors front and back and best of all a rear-view cam­era made light work of park­ing in tight spots.

On the road the 136ps diesel is beau­ti­fully torquey and re­mark­ably quiet. It’s mated to a six-speed man­ual gear­box which is one of the smoothest I have come across in a long time.

The gear­ing makes it a very re­laxed car for long dis­tance tour­ing with 70 miles per hour com­ing up at just 2000 revs in sixth.

Con­versely when you need the ac­cel­er­a­tion just drop a cou­ple of gears and this car is only too happy to de­liver.

And if you want a bit of peace and quiet from young­sters in the rear seats on long jour­neys Vaux­hall’s OnS­tar pro­vides Wi-Fi for up to seven de­vices on the move so there‘s no more “are we nearly there yet?”.

This car also came with the new In­tel­liLux ma­trix head­lights, a £1,010 op­tional ex­tra but well worth it for su­perb night driv­ing vi­sion thanks to 32 LEDs which light the road ahead bril­liantly with­out daz­zling on­com­ing driv­ers.

The new In­signia Sports Tourer is a great all round pack­age which of­fers re­fined com­fort, good per­for­mance, plenty of space and sen­si­bly priced motoring with the prom­ise of more than 62 miles per gal­lon.

And while that’s the of­fi­cial fig­ure I man­aged to achieve some 58mpg with­out even try­ing.

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