The Vauxhall Insignia is the large family car model that competes on price in its range while offering all the perks of a ‘luxury cruiser”. On the market since 2009 replacing the work horse that was the Vectra, this latest model comes as a five-door hatchback. There are five trim levels beginning with the SE Nav through to its sportier GSi level.
The SE Nav has standard features that include sport front seats, integrated navigation, cruise control and safety features such as automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and lane departure warning with lane assist. The other trim packages include SE Nav standard features.
The Insignia is lighter in weight and steering is lighter too. Acceleration is smoother and more effortless with road-hugging grip and it’s quicker. Carbuyer’s verdict for the Insignia Grand Sport notes that for a car that is around £1,500 less than its predecessor, it is “well accomplished…For such a practical car, it’s certainly keenly priced, and Vauxhall hasn’t skimped on its engines, fitting it with the latest turbocharged petrol and diesel technology.”
The Insignia’s smoother ride is a result of turbo engines and you can pick your power from a range of engines – all with improved fuel economy. Choose between two petrol and four diesels moving from entry level to delivering punchier power dependent on model. The fuel economy depends on transmission choices but ranges from 116 g/km on the 108bhp 1.6l engine through to 57.7mpg on the 109bhp 1.6l diesel.
1.5l turbo - 138bhp or 163bhp
1.6l turbo – 197bhp
1.6l diesel turbo – 108bhp or 134bhp
2.0l diesel turbo – 168bhp
2.0l diesel bi-turbo – 207bhp
Hybrid engines: 1.5l 65.69 – 68.9 mpg
Diesel: supercharged 1.8L Dual VVT-I engine 37.7 combined mpg
The Vauxhall Insignia insurance group is based on the design and trim level. The more power, the higher the insurance group. Insurance groups are 13 – 28.
The Association of British Insurers and Lloyd’s of London set your car’s insurance group from 1 to 50. In theory, the higher the insurance group, the greater your insurance premium will be.
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The Opel/Vauxhall Insignia scores excellent for safety with five stars under the Euro NCAP ratings.
safety assist: 69%
Did we mention the back-massage seat option? Massage seats can be found in some luxury models, but the Vauxhall Insignia range offers the perk at a more reasonable price.
The latest model sports a svelte new look because it’s lost some weight about 176kg aiding efficiency and performance.