Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Although the Insignia Sports Tourer is a pleasant environment in which to travel, visibility to the rear is disappointing due to the odd shape of the rear windscreen. Some of the controls are fiddly too (especially on models with satellite navigation) and the central console seems cluttered with buttons compared to other cars of this size. However, there is an excellent range of adjustment on the driver’s seat and the steering also adjusts for reach and height. Most of the materials that come into contact with occupants feel like they belong in more expensive cars.

Following the major update in 2013 the Insignia Sports Tourer now feels far more modern and up-to-scratch compared to rivals. It was beginning to look a bit tired, so this is good news.

With excellent aerodynamics, the Insignia should be one of the quietest cars in its class. However, the noisy diesel engines are intrusive as well as road noise on models with 18-inch wheels. There’s also noticeable wind noise around the tailgate. Otherwise the interior is comfortable and nicely finished. Rear leg room isn’t as good as in the Vectra estate, which had a longer wheelbase than saloon and hatchback versions of the Vectra, but shouldn’t cause complaint from most passengers. Automatic climate control is standard, and electric front windows are fitted across the range, with electric rear windows standard on SE, Elite and SRi models.

After the refresh in 2013 the Insignia did get more comfortable. Its ride quality has been improved and the seats are better too.