The 2018 Opel Insignia Country Tourer is essentially a brother of the Sportwagon (called Sports Tourer in the UK and Europe), but with improved ride height, larger wheels and a pack of accessories to give it a more robust appearance.
The new Opel Insignia Country Tourer model is close to the formula of the previous generation, taking an Insignia Sports Tourer, lifting the suspension and boosting the exterior with a functional but desirable plastic body coating mass. The front and rear skid plates add to the off-road style image, although we argue that a mere 20mm increase in ride height could delay some buyers hoping for a higher view of the road. but it brings a lot of kit as standard, such as an eight-inch screen with 18-inch alloys and Vauxhall’s On Star concierge service. The list of options can inflate the price a bit, but the matrix’s LED headlights, adaptive cruise control and head-up display are all reasonable values.
The cabin of the Country Tourer is identical to that of the other Insignias, although it is not a bad thing, because it is firmly set up, intuitive to use and easy to look at.
What is undoubtedly the most important for buyers of this type of car is the ride, which, as in the ordinary Insignia, is very comfortable, despite a feeling of nervousness on small imperfections. The refinement is strong too. Under the hood, this 168-hp 2.0-liter diesel engine is the only choice of engines until the arrival of a more powerful bi-turbodiesel at the beginning of next year. It’s a very good fit, though, with a decent pace, a low-end soft feel and a quiet engine note. But he suffers at the pump, claiming 43.5mpg, significantly less than the 60mpg Sports Tourer equivalent.