The Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer is the latest addition to the range and is on sale now with prices starting from £25,349. That makes it £5,000 cheaper than the Audi A4 Allroad and £2,400 less than the VW Passat Alltrack.
The Country Tourer is based on the Sports Tourer and benefits from all-wheel drive as standard, 20mm more ground clearance and tougher styling. It will go up against other rugged SUV-inspired estates such as the Peugeot 508 RXH and Skoda Octavia Scout.
Two trim levels will be available from launch, Country Tourer priced from £25,349 to £29,709 and Country Tourer Nav, costing from £26,499 to £30,859. Standard equipment across the range includes bi-exnon adaptive lighting, power tailgate and front and rear parking sensors. Country Tourer Nav trim adds sat nav with 8-inch touchscreen, multi-function touch-pad controller and an additional 8-inch digital instrument cluster as standard.
Two diesel engines are available, including a 2.0-litre BiTurbo CDTi developing 193bhp and 400Nm of torque and a 163bhp 2.0-litre CDTi engine. The more powerful BiTurbo diesel is only available as a six-speed automatic, while the more frugal CDTi engine can be fitted with a six-speed manual.
To separate the Country Tourer from the standard car, it gets a wider and deeper front grille, as well as silver underbody protection at the front and rear. There's cladding on the side sills and around the wheel arches too, to finish off the tougher look.
The electronically controlled four-wheel drive system can also vary torque between the front and rear axles which ensures maximum traction on surfaces whether on-road or off-road. To save fuel the system will also revert to front-wheel drive only when it senses that four-wheel drive is not necessary.
Order books for the Country Tourer are now open, with first deliveries being made in January.