Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer 2014 Road Test | Road Tests | Honest John

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Vauxhall Insignia Country 2014 Road Test

has launched the rugged-looking Insignia Tourer as a new alternative to the country-set who to drive across muddy or up icy hills. It’s basically a Inginia Sports Tourer, body cladding and the impressive new system – and a rival to the Octavia Scout and Volkswagen Alltrack.

The Country Tourer’s to Country-spec is a simple one – it beefed-up exterior styling new, front-end styling. The look is helped by the addition of LED running lights and xenon as standard on all models. This was an consideration, as the Country Tourer is to be driven often in unlit

The new plastic add-ons around and bumpers are made from ABS plastic, which can effectively small scratches. It’s a then, that its 18-inch won’t.

Other changes include a higher ride height with Vauxhall’s clever new system. This can vary between front and rear on the conditions. For those who like the Tourer look, and the additional clearance that comes it, a cheaper front-wheel drive will be offered in 2014.

Two will be offered in the Country from launch, both of are 2.0-litre diesels. They’re the which is offered as an automatic or manual, or the impressive 195PS which – for the moment will only be available as an

Inside, the Country Tourer is from the standard top-line At almost five metres in you’ve every right to the Insignia to be roomy inside and this proves to be true. The has plenty of head and legroom, ample rearward adjustment of the the while the steering wheel is and multi-adjustable.

The sports-seats are also very indeed, and should prove on longer journeys as they’re and firm.

In the rear, there’s ample room, with being particularly generous. If level any criticism here, it be that the shallow glass and pillars will leave rear seat passengers a little hemmed in. For the driver, thick pillars also to be a nuisance in city driving too many blind spots. The sensors help when it to manouevring though.

The boot is wide and the seats fold but the size of the load bay itself is with a maximum capacity of litres – that’s than an Astra Sports

Equipment levels are generous and the Tourer comes with an configurableable screen, DAB stereo two USBs, rear privacy hill-start assist, dual-zone control, keyless entry and a tailgate. The Nav model adds an system, which comes an optional Intellilink system allows you to install ‘driver-focused’ Using it wasn’t straightforward at – and mastering the laptop-style and scroll-knob by the handbrake takes

The recently revised dashboard is a big over the original Insignia the centre console is much simple to use. The main include an 8-inch colour in the centre of the dial pack, include a digital speedo and nav It works well and looks good while overall q has also taken a big leap

Ergonomic niggles aside, the Tourer is a very accomplished car clearly been honed for distance drivers who spend a time in their car. On the and at speed it’s effortless to comfortable, and refined.

The 165PS is responsive and pulls strongly on throttle openings, but that eagerness flatters to deceive and not quite as fast as it feels.

At speeds, it lacks mid-range when you need to overtake, and need to work it harder you might reasonably expect to. highlights the fact that far from being the most car in its class. For 163PS diesel, is disappointing. From previous experience, we’d heartily paying out the extra for the 195PS #160;

Away from the the Country Tourer#8217;s advanced drive system really into its own. The steering is and the handling is positive, never feeling top-heavy, or belying additional ride-height. The adaptive drive system is controlled the rear and incorporates an electronic slip differential – in conditions it sends drive to the that most need it, – in a nutshell – give the driver a real boost.

On our test, it was near impossible to the Country Tourer on the road, and it a slippery field to make it at all.

The actively controlled system, with#160;electro-magnetic dampers, in a smooth ride on typical UK In ‘Tour’ mode, the system is soft and pliant, but if you select it firms up appreciably, with body roll, slightly steering feel and a more throttle pedal. Leave the in its default ‘Tour’ setting and all done automatically for you, up in cornering, softening on the straights.

Overall, we were impressed by the Tourer. It’s capable, for passengers, comfortable and has a chunky It’s also now blessed an interior that’s good to live up to the rest of the car’s combination of abilities.

Despite it’s hard to argue a case for the Country Tourer. We rather have seen a of it powered by the 120PS or 140PS from the Insignia CDTi With emissions in the region of boasted by that car, of the 147-174g/km that that Tourer is currently emitting.

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