Insignia makes its mark with new sports tourer
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.