The Insignia Sports Tourer’s cabin looks smart and feels well built, but some alternatives have bigger boots and more intuitive infotainment systems
The Insignia Sports Tourer’s cabin feels sportier than you might expect from a practical family estate car. Its tall centre console and slick minimalist dashboard certainly cocoon you more than in a VW Passat Estate or a Ford Mondeo Estate.
There aren’t too many buttons to clutter up the Vauxhall’s dashboard and everything you’ll press and prod regularly is intuitively laid out and feels solid. It gets just as many soft, squidgy plastics as the Passat Estate and everything feels just as well built as in the Skoda Superb Estate.
You get loads of equipment as standard, even in entry-level cars. All Insignia Sports Tourers come with glossy black plastics trims on the centre console and a touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone mirroring for Apple and Android handsets.
Step up to a sporty SRi version and you’ll get some aluminium pedal trims and even more supportive sports seats with thicker bolstering while Tech Line cars come with a second digital display instead of a conventional speedometer. Sadly, you’ll have to pay extra for a top-spec Elite car if you want leather-trimmed seats as well.
The Insignia Sports Tourer might borrow elements of its cabin from the smaller Astra but everything feels just as solid as in much more expensive alternatives
Entry-level Design and sportier SRi models come with a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system. It’s not the biggest around but it’s reasonably bright and mounted high up on the dashboard where you can quickly glance at it as you drive along.
Unfortunately, the icons in its smartphone-style menus are rather small and it doesn’t come with satellite navigation as standard. Thankfully, you do get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring so you can use your phone’s navigation and media-streaming apps through the Vauxhall’s built-in screen instead.
Pick a mid-range Tech Line Nav model or above and you’ll get a slightly larger eight-inch screen with built-in sat nav. It’s relatively easy to input a destination using the on-screen keyboard but you’ll have to plough through lots of confusing menus if you want to add a waypoint.
Sadly, the Vauxhall’s system is quite slow to respond when you swipe across the map to preview your route but at least it delivers clear and concise directions once you’re on the move.
You also get Vauxhall’s OnStar personal assistant system in all Insignia Sports Tourers. It’ll help you find empty parking spaces nearby, input an address into the sat-nav and automatically call the emergency services if you’ve been in an accident. It also comes with a mobile wifi hotspot for up to seven devices and an app for your phone that’ll let you lock and unlock your car remotely.
What it can’t do is make the standard seven-speaker stereo sound any better. Thankfully, you can get an upgraded Bose system that’s clearer, bassier and doesn’t produce any annoying buzzing or rattling – no matter how loud you crank up the volume. It’s standard on top-spec Elite Nav cars but a £510 option on all other models.