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£29,655 when new
Is that the Insignia GSI? Nope. This Insignia Sport Tourer has the same 256bhp, 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, same eight-speed automatic gearbox and same torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system as the GSI, but none of the chassis/suspension/software tweakery that should, with any luck, make it a bit more than just an angrier-looking, firmer-riding repmobile. We’ll find out one way or another when we drive it next year. So what’s this, then? An ordinary, very highly-specified Insignia with the most powerful engine/drivetrain on offer. In fact, you can only have the big engine with top ‘Elite Nav’ trim, so while £30k base feels a bit rich for a Vauxhall estate, you get heaps of standard kit. Way more than the Germans give you for the same money. Kit like clever matrix LED headlights, 20-inch alloys, Bose audio with nav, Apple CarPlay and much besides. A BMW 320i Touring, with xDrive and M Sport, is knocking on for £35,000 with no option boxes checked, and while it has BMW’s rather good all-wheel drive and eight-speed auto ‘box, it’s way down on power (but oddly, not that much slower) and less spacious than the cavernous Vauxhall.