Vauxhall is the UK’s oldest surviving car brand, rolling cars off the production line since 1903. It is a subsidiary of French Groupe PSA which owns Vauxhall/Opel brands and produces some of the UK's bestselling cars known for being reliable, affordable and practical.
Best-sellers include the Astra and Corsa or, if you’re Alan Partridge it’s the Insignia GSi that’s preferable.
Vauxhall has a reputation for producing reliable, affordable and practical models to meet a variety of needs from subcompacts to small and large family cars or higher performance cars under the GSi brand. Vauxhall also has an electric model available and has plans to electrify its entire portfolio by 2024.
Vauxhall was formerly owned by General Motors from 1925 to 2017. Although Vauxhall’s lineup is similar to European Opel the brand is exclusive to the UK.
Models available under the Vauxhall brand are supermini, small and large family cars, compact SUVs and MPVs. The Vauxhall Astra hatchback recently was ranked first in Carbuyer’s top 10 for best small automatic cars.
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Vauxhall announced plans to electrify it’s entire portfolio by 2024 starting with the Corsa-e and the Grandland X Hybrid4. Vauxhall/Opel’s CEO Michael Lohscheller expects this move to meet the ambitious future emission targets in Europe and towards helping to make the company “sustaintable and future-proof.”
Although Vauxhall has its eye on the future with electric power, its latest generation models have improved petrol and diesel engines. Models are now lighter weight, more economical and practical.
Take the Vauxhall’s fifth generation Corsa, not only comes in conventional petrol and diesel but there is also a 50kWh lithium-ion battery version for those wanting to go electric. The Corsa-e comes in Normal, Eco and Sport mode and can be charged via a manual socket, a home wall box or a fast charger. The Corsa-e goes from 0-60 mph in a quick 7.6 seconds.
Comfort is at the centre of interior design for models like the Astra with multi-adjustable Ergonomic Active seats with seat cushion extension and heated front and outer rear seats. If there is a desire to take comfort up a notch upgrade with an in-seat massage.
One has to mention the enhanced parking feature, which is sure to be a boon for some, called Advanced Park Assist, it uses intelligent tech to identify a parking space and then takes over the steering, you manage the pedals!
Ecotec technology is the basis for design of the Vauxhall diesel and petrol turbo and non-turbo engines which provides the highest mpg, low emissions but powerful engine and driving performance. Engines available depend on the model. Fuel efficiency continues to be a singular key feature across much of the range.
3-cylinder 1.0l, 1.2l, 1.4l engine
4-cylinder 1.5l engine
3-cylinder 1.5l 104bhp or 122bhp
The diesel version returns between 65.7 – 56.5 mpg fuel economy depending on engine. While petrol is up to 54.3mpg.
It’s illegal to drive a car without insurance. Vauxhall offers temporary or drive away car insurance called Free to Go Insurance. You are required to have insurance cover to drive your new car home and temporary cover fills the gap until you can arrange your annual insurance.
Vauxhall offers a complimentary temporary 3-day insurance cover through Vauxhall Insurance Services, administered by Europa Group. It is a fairly straightforward set up.
However, drivers can compare quotes on other short-term or temporary car insurance below:
You can find car insurance group by the brand, make and model of a particular car. Vauxhall range depends on the model and level of trim package but 2020 onwards but the Corsa hatchback, for example, ranges from group 10 to 20. The Corsa-e is in insurance groups 24 – 25.
To compare car insurance for each model use the tool below.
The Vauxhall Griffin badge according to Car Logos is based on the coat of arms of a 13th century mercenary soldier, Faulke de Breaute, who was granted the Manor of Luton for services to King John and an area near London south of Thames. The house he built, Fulk’s Hall, eventually became known as Vauxhall. Vauxhall Iron Works adopted the emblem from the coat of arms and when it moved to Luton, and the emblem coincidentally returned to its ancestral home.
Alan Partridge considers his latest Vauxhall Insignia acquisition in a recent Guardian article: “Oh, a Vauxhall, but who cares really? After the year we’ve been through, there are more important things than how much you earn or what racquets club you’re a member of or how sweet your wheels are. And people say, ‘That’s the Insignia GSi, isn’t it? Nine-speed automatic with paddle shift? Keyless entry, e-boost hydraulic brakes, heated front seats with massage functionality?’ And I just chuckle. Some even peer through the window and say, ‘Tell you what, Alan, for a 40k car, this is specced to absolute buggery.”