With the market for so-called crossover cars growing exponentially in recent years, many car manufacturers have been looking at their offering to see whether they should offer a brand-new model or improve an old favourite.
Vauxhall has opted for the latter route to come up with the Country Tourer, and it’s really quite an impressive piece of work.
For one thing, the Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer has been priced to take on its competitors such as the Audi A4 Allroad and the VW Passat Alltrack. To get the attention of potential buyers, the Country Tourer is around £5,000 cheaper than the Audi and £2,400 less than the VW.
Trim levels for the Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer
Vauxhall have also opted to keep model choice simply and offering just two trim levels and albeit with an excellent standard of spec for the Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer and the Country Tourer Nav. There’s also just a choice of two 2.0 CDTi powertrains in the shape of the 163PS or 195PS BiTurbo engines.
The 163PS and has a six speed manual or six speed automatic transmission option while the BiTurbo only comes in the automatic gearbox version.
The Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer will be competing in the competitive D-segment crossover market and as such is a rugged SUV-inspired all-purpose vehicle. Other carmakers have gone down a similar route, for instance Volvo with its Cross Country models, and this vehicle has all-wheel drive, tougher styling and a higher ground clearance than other Vauxhall Insignias.
The Country Tourer has had very good reception since its unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show with the industry particularly impressed with its standard spec level which includes front and rear parking sensors, satnav, touchpad controller and an 8 inch digital instrument cluster.
There’s also adaptive front lighting and a powered tailgate.
Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer will ‘shake-up’ the cross-over sector
The Vauxhall says that its Country Tourer is going to shake up the sector because it offers buyers a wide variety of uses in Google circumstances. For instance it will be perfect on snowy roads or even when the going gets tough. Needless to say its Insignia heritage will help you perform well on tarmac to.
The car does look slightly different to its stablemate, Vauxhall says it has a more aggressive stance, and it is likely to be a popular model and we should be seeing them in large numbers when they reach UK dealers from January.
The Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer is available to order now, costing between £25,349 and £29,709 with the Country Tourer Nav, coming in at £26,499 and rising to £30,859 for the higher spec version.