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Vauxhall VX Insignia Country Tourer 4x4 195 Bi-turbo 2015 review


Overall towcar rating

*****


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Key information

  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Year of manufacture: 2015
  • Fuel type: Diesel
  • Engine size: 2.0litres
  • Solo fuel economy: 42 miles per gallon
  • Towing fuel economy: 24 miles per gallon
  • Kerb weight: 1910 kg
  • Nose weight: 90 kg
  • Body type: Estate

Towcar summary

What's good?

Rugged looks, 4x4 ability, comfort, performance, high kerbweight for a 2.0lt estate.

What's bad?

Rough engine, not as smooth as previous Insignia 140 with a manual box. Dark paintwork (Emerald green) looks great when just washed but soon looks poor with just the slightest hint of dust.

Would you recommend it?

Yes

Towing performance ****

How well does it tow?

Pretty good but with no self levelling, care needs to be taken to keep noseweight down to 90kg. Tows our t/a 1800kg Lunar Delta Ti well. With a high kerbweight, makes a sensible alternative to an SUV.

Solo performance ****

What's it like without the caravan?

Handles very well considering we had an SRi hatchback before. Put auto box into "sport" mode and the Country Tourer really flies. But then watch the mpg drop to the mid 30's.

Reliability *****

Anything to look out for?

Would have cost 34k when new but picked the CT up at a year old with 10k miles on the clock for 18k. Came with sports leather/heated seats, heated steering wheel, reversing camera, nav, folding powered mirrors. Try to get one with as many OEM options as possible. The 163bhp version may suit those with lighter 'vans and has an auto or manual option. Sat nav is a complete waste of time - my 50 TomTom does a better job and provides more info.

Practicality ****

Is it easy to live with?

Yes, boots a bit small but half of it is taken up with the dog.

Buying experience ****

Did you buy it new or used?

Used

Where did you buy it?

Franchised dealer

What was the seller like?

Pentagon Mansfield - good buying experience and very rushed on the handover. Found out the a/c didn't work but as we live 150 miles away from Mansfield, Pentagon paid to have it sorted local to us at a main VX dealer.

 

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1 Comments

FWIW, a recent weighbridge ticket gave me 2165kg. 

 

This included 70lt of diesel (62kg), wife @ 67kg, dog @ 25kg, shopping @ 20kg, driver @ 100kg and towbar @ 25kg.

 

Deducting all of the above would give the CT a bare weight of 1866kg. Add in the towbar and that's 1891kg. Add in an average driver at say 70kg (and still no fuel allowance) and that's a healthy 1961kg.

 

Not a bad kerbweight for a mid size estate car and similar to our 2012 Santa Fe - happy days :) .