After running a small, electric BMW for six months, what is it like to adapt to a traditional estate as your everyday transport?
Our Car: Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer 2.0 Turbo D SRI Nav
List price when new: £26,060 OTR
Price as tested: £29,335
Official fuel economy: 51.4mpg (EU Combined)
October 16, 2018
Fuel economy this week: 44.0mpg
After embracing the future with the BMW i3 S, we’ve taken a step back to conventionality. I say back, but actually I’ve been looking forward to the Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer arriving for some time.
A diesel, yes, after a plug-in EV; I already love the fact that with a full tank the range is an indicated 600-plus miles. It’s been with us for a couple of weeks, sharing the drive with the BMW before it left, relegating the i3 S to second car status as the Vauxhall does the longer trips. That explains why in no time at all we’ve wound added 1,000 miles, it taking all of the six-month loan for the BMW to clock up 4,500 – underlining both the Vauxhall’s big-mile prowess and the BMW’s limitations.
Now the BMW has gone, so all the focus is on the big estate car. And I mean big. I remember driving the Insignia Sports Tourer at the launch and being impressed by its capaciousness, Vauxhall admitting then that they’d dropped the ball with the previous model, losing significant fleet sales as a result. It, like so many estates, had gone down the ‘lifestyle’ route, looking the part but not necessarily fulfilling the traditional role of an estate car properly.