Vauxhall Insignia (2008 – 2017) Review
Vauxhall Insignia (2008 – 2017) At A Glance
Superb ride comfort, excellent efficiency from the diesel engines, practical and spacious.
Rear seats are not all that not comfortable for adults, lacklustre image, forgettable styling.
The Vauxhall Insignia’s biggest problem is its ubiquity. Because it’s so common, it’s often dismissed as just another volume family car, with many buyers preferring to spend more on, say, a BMW 3 Series or Audi A4. Today, family car buyers are turning to crossovers and SUVs in their droves, leaving the Vauxhall Insignia to spiral into the abyss, unwanted by the masses. Their loss is your gain, because this generation of Insignia was a credible alternative to its German rivals, offering a terrific blend of price, equipment, comfort and practicality. We’re not going to pretend that it’s exciting – unless you buy the VXR version – but the Insignia impresses in other ways.
Do you dream of owning a Vauxhall Insignia? It’s unlikely, but the fact that you’re here suggests you’ve got a passing interest in owning one. If so, congratulations for making a fine choice, because the Vauxhall Insignia is one of the most underrated cars of the modern era.
One of its biggest problems is the fact that it sold in such large numbers. There was a time when the Vauxhall Insignia was seemingly everywhere, particularly on the motorways of Britain, as it cemented its position as the car for overworked and underpaid sales reps.
Most Insignia drivers probably fancied a BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 or Mercedes-Benz C-Class, so staring at a Vauxhall badge on the steering wheel didn’t do much to lift their mood.
Note the use of ‘drivers’ rather than ‘owners’. As a favourite in fleet circles, most of the used examples you’ll look at will have a previous life as a company car. This is no reason to disregard them, because a stress-free life on a motorway is kind on the running gear, plus the terms of the contract mean that servicing will have been carried out on time.
Anyone with experience of a Vauxhall Insignia will almost certainly praise its ride comfort. This was a car designed for the motorways of Europe, so the seats are supremely comfortable and the suspension is as supple as a rival with a premium price tag. You don’t buy an Insignia looking for excitement (unless you’re looking at a VXR model), but you’ll grow to love its focus on ride quality.
You’ll also appreciate the fuel economy. Predictably, most cars left the factory with a diesel engine, with the 2.0-litre CDTi a particular favourite amongst company car drivers.
Although it was available with a range of outputs, we’d favour the smoother, quieter and even more efficient 1.6.-litre CDTi. Avoid the 1.8-litre non-turbocharged petrol engine, but the 1.4-litre turbo is worth a look for its blend of punchy performance and economy.
For something different, consider the bonkers Insignia VXR, with its 2.8-litre V6 turbocharged engine producing a wild 325PS. This is enough for 0-60mph in just six seconds, with an adaptive four-wheel-drive system to keep you on the straight and narrow.
The Insignia was available with a bewildering array of trim levels, so making your way through the classified adverts can be a daunting experience.
We’d favour an Insignia built after the 2013 facelift, not least because these cars look better and have an improved cabin. Even the entry-level Design trim features a long list of standard equipment, but the flagship Elite model is worth considering on the used market.
If you can live with the drab image, you’ll enjoy one of the best value used cars of 2020. Buy one for its blend of comfort, efficiency and equipment.
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On the inside of an Vauxhall Insignia (2008 – 2017)
The boot offers a generous 500 litres of luggage capacity, but it’s not a very long space and there is too much intrusion from the wheelarches.
There’s also a step in the floor as the boot meets the back seats, but the tailgate opening is huge, providing estate car levels of access. Speaking of which, the Insignia Sports Tourer is available if you require more room.
There’s a fair amount of room in the cabin, especially for the driver and front seat passenger, while space in the back is good for all but the tallest of adults. The Insignia scores highly for long distance comfort, regardless of whether you’re sitting in the front or the back. This is one of the reasons why it’s so popular in fleet circles.
This generation of the Insignia was on sale for nearly a decade, with Vauxhall rolling out a facelift in 2013. It’s not a premium car, but the facelifted models are a vast improvement, with Vauxhall upping the quality and simplifying the dashboard.
Everything has a Germanic feel, without the sense of luxury you get in a BMW or Audi. The materials are hard-wearing, robust and solid, with only the lower part of the cabin feeling a little downmarket. The quality of the seat upholstery is superb, making the Insignia a fine way to travel over long distances.
Buy a 2013-on Vauxhall Insignia for the best infotainment system. It was based around an eight-inch touchscreen, with a crisper display and simpler graphics. Earlier models were fine for the period, but limited smartphone connectivity makes them hard to recommend in 2020.
We’d recommend buying an Insignia with the Navi 900 IntelliLink system, which features Apple CarPlay connectivity. Higher trim levels also featured a part-electronic instrument panel, that gives the Insignia the feel of a premium car.
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Vauxhall Insignia (2008 – 2017) Value
Right, how long have you got? Because the Insignia was on sale for such a long time, the prices vary wildly, especially when you consider the number of different engines and trim levels. As a guide, in 2016, the prices ranged from £17,500 to £28,000, with no fewer than 11 different trims available.
Today, prices have dropped into ‘banger’ territory, with early examples available for less than £500. These tend to be listed as ‘spares or repair’, and are best avoided unless you’re handy with a hammer or like playing a game of chance with the engine. This is especially true given the availability of decent examples for around £1000.
That said, we’d recommend upping the budget to £2,000. For this price, you’re still looking at a Vauxhall Insignia with up to 150,000 miles on the clock, but the car will be newer and in better shape.
Increasing the spend to £3000 opens up the prospect of owning a facelifted model. These cars are easy to spot thanks to the improved styling, along with the smarter cabin and simplified dashboard. The most you need to pay is around £12,500, but this price puts you on the ladder for the new and improved current Insignia.
The VXR models command a healthy premium of the used car market, with prices ranging from £8,000 for an early example, to £12,000 for one of the latest.
Finance deals start from as little as £30 a month on a £2000 example, rising to £300 a month for a later model. You might want to consider a PCP deal on the current Insignia, as this could work out cheaper in the long run.
Fuel economy is a hallmark of the Insignia, especially the diesel versions. That said, the official fuel economy figures should be taken with a pinch of salt, as they were gathered using the less reliable NEDC standard.
The 136PS 1.6-litre CDTi EcoFlex diesel offered a claimed 74.3mpg when riding on 17-inch alloy wheels, dropping to 72.4mpg on 18-, 19- and 20-inch rims. Even manual versions of the 170PS 2.0-litre CDTi offered between 62.8mpg and 65.7mpg, depending on the size of the wheels. In reality, you’re likely to see closer to 50mpg in the 1.6 diesel, or 45mpg in the 2.0 diesel.
In short, opt for a diesel with small alloy wheels if you want to maximise the fuel economy, not to mention ride comfort.
Car insurance shouldn't be too expensive, but you should avoid the SRi VX-Line and SRi models if you’re young or running a car on a tight budget. The 1.4-litre turbo starts from group 16, which is the same rating as the 1.8-litre non-turbocharged engine.
Real MPG average for a Vauxhall Insignia (2008 – 2017)
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- Engines range from 1.4i Turbo to 2.8i Turbo VXR Automatic
- Readers report Real MPG to be between 15–66 mpg
It takes the Insignia to within touching distance of cars like the Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class in this regard.
The BMW 3 Series remains the default choice for keen drivers, but the Insignia is equal to most rivals when it comes to long-legged comfort. Take an Insignia on a cross-continental jaunt and you’ll be feeling fresh, even after 500 miles behind the wheel. We’re speaking from experience here.
The soft but supportive seats, supple suspension and precise steering combine to make this a thoroughly pleasant car to drive. It’s not satisfying in a BMW sense, but the sense of satisfaction comes from the fact that you’ve paid less for what could pass as a premium car. It’s that good.
Again, how long have you got? You’re certainly not short of choice when it comes to engines, but the selection is limited if you’re after a petrol. When we looked at the used car adverts, diesel accounted for around 80 percent of the market.
The diesel engines are the pick of the crop, with the 2.0-litre CDTi dominating sales. Power outputs range from 120PS to 195PS, but the 130PS and 163PS engines are the most common.
It’s not the sweetest of diesel engines, but it’s fine on a motorway. We’d recommend the 136PS 1.6-litre CDTi for its smooth running and quietness. It doesn’t even feel that much slower than the 2.0-litre engine.
We’d avoid the gutless and uneconomical 1.8-litre petrol engine, favouring the punchy 1.4-litre turbo. It’s more economical and nicer to use. Most Insignia models left the factory with a manual gearbox, which is fortunate, because the automatic transmission is a little lacklustre.
Euro NCAP crash-tested the Vauxhall Insignia back in 2009, when it was awarded a five-star rating. The scores were impressive, but a 40 percent rating for pedestrian safety is far from brilliant. The Insignia wouldn’t achieve anything like a five-star rating in 2020.
The safety credentials must be judged on what was available at the time. Front and side airbags are fitted to all models, but seatbelt reminders only cover those in the front. There’s no passenger airbag cut-off switch, but electronic stability control comes as standard.
The Vauxhall Insignia is an excellent budget tow car, especially if you opt for the diesel engines. These offer a maximum towing capacity of 1800kg, but it’s worth noting that the figure drops to 1700kg in the Sports Tourer version of the 1.6-litre CDTi.
The 2.0-litre petrol has a capacity of 1800kg, but the 1.8-litre and 1.4-litre engines are rated at 1400kg and 1250kg respectively.
|1.4i Turbo||51–54 mpg||10.9 s||123–129 g/km|
|1.6 CDTi 136||64 mpg||10.9 s||109 g/km|
|1.6 CDTi 136 Automatic||54–57 mpg||10.9 s||129–132 g/km|
|1.6 CDTi 136 ecoFLEX||64–72 mpg||10.9 s||99–109 g/km|
|1.6 CDTi 136 ecoFLEX Automatic||54 mpg||10.9 s||129–132 g/km|
|1.6 SIDI Turbo||46 mpg||9.2 s||145 g/km|
|1.6 SIDI Turbo Automatic||41 mpg||9.9 s||164 g/km|
|1.6i Turbo||37–40 mpg||-||164–179 g/km|
|1.8i||37–39 mpg||11.5 s||164–179 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi||49–63 mpg||11.1 s||119–154 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi 120 ecoFLEX||76 mpg||11.9 s||98 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi 130||63 mpg||11.1 s||119 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi 130 Automatic||53 mpg||11.2 s||139 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi 140||63 mpg||11.1 s||119 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi 140 ecoFLEX||76 mpg||10.5 s||98–99 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi 160||42–59 mpg||-||127–177 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi 160 4x4||50 mpg||-||147–149 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi 160 4x4 Automatic||44 mpg||-||169 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi 160 Automatic||50 mpg||-||149 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi 160 ecoFLEX||58–67 mpg||9.5 s||112–129 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi 163||66 mpg||9.5 s||114 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi 163 Automatic||53 mpg||9.6 s||140 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi 163 ecoFLEX||66 mpg||9.5 s||114 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi 170||63 mpg||9.4 s||118–120 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi 170 Automatic||50–52 mpg||9.4 s||143–147 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi 170 ecoFLEX||63–66 mpg||9.0–9.4 s||114–118 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi 195||50–60 mpg||8.7–8.8 s||125–149 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi 195 4x4||51 mpg||-||146 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi Automatic||48–52 mpg||-||144–157 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi ecoFLEX||54–67 mpg||9.5 s||112–136 g/km|
|2.0 SIDI Turbo||39 mpg||7.5 s||169 g/km|
|2.0 SIDI Turbo Automatic||36 mpg||7.7 s||186 g/km|
|2.0i Turbo||29–39 mpg||7.5 s||169–225 g/km|
|2.0i Turbo (start/stop)||37 mpg||-||179 g/km|
|2.0i Turbo 4x4||29–32 mpg||-||209–229 g/km|
|2.0i Turbo 4x4 Automatic||30 mpg||-||218 g/km|
|2.0i Turbo Automatic||31–36 mpg||7.7 s||186–214 g/km|
|2.8i Turbo VXR||27 mpg||6.0 s||272 g/km|
|2.8i Turbo VXR Automatic||26 mpg||6.0 s||251 g/km|
|2.8i V6 Turbo 4x4||26 mpg||-||258 g/km|
|VXR||26–27 mpg||5.6–5.9 s||249–251 g/km|
Vauxhall Insignia (2008 – 2017) Models and Specs
It’s easy to be sniffy about the Vauxhall Insignia. It’s not in the least bit exciting or glamorous, and it’s a car associated with coat hangers in the back window and sales of toner cartridges. But it deserves better than that.
If you’re after a car with a surprisingly upmarket feel, excellent practicality and superb ride comfort, the Insignia is a credible alternative to its German rivals. You’ll get far more for your money if you buy an Insignia, albeit without the curtain-twitching qualities associated with a car with a German badge.
|Kerb Weight||1428–1825 kg|
|Boot Space||500–1470 L|
|Alternative||Full-size spare wheel|
|Road Tax Bands||A–M|
|Official MPG||25.7–76.3 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Safety Ratings|
On sale until February 2018
|Saloon 2.8i Turbo Supersport Nav 4dr||£32,810||26.6 mpg||6.0 s|
|Saloon 2.8i Turbo Supersport Nav Auto 4dr||£34,330||26.4 mpg||6.0 s|
On sale until April 2017
|2.0CDTi 170 Elite Nav ecoFLEX 5dr||£26,104||62.8 mpg||-|
On sale until October 2015
|VXR SuperSport 2.8 V6 Turbo 5dr||£30,129||26.6 mpg||5.6 s|
|VXR SuperSport 2.8 V6 Turbo Auto 5dr||£31,649||26.4 mpg||5.9 s|
On sale until April 2015
On sale until January 2015
|Design 2.0 CDTi 130 4dr||£18,244||62.8 mpg||11.1 s|
|Design 2.0 CDTi 163 ecoFLEX Start/Stop 4dr||£19,694||65.7 mpg||9.5 s|
|Elite 2.0 CDTi 163 ecoFLEX Start/Stop 4dr||£23,874||65.7 mpg||9.5 s|
|SE 2.0 CDTi 163 ecoFLEX Start/Stop 4dr||£21,494||65.7 mpg||9.5 s|
|SRi 2.0 CDTi 163 Auto 4dr||£23,159||53.3 mpg||9.6 s|
|SRi 2.0 CDTi 163 ecoFLEX Start/Stop 4dr||£21,494||65.7 mpg||9.5 s|
|VXR SuperSport 2.8 V6 Turbo 4dr||£29,824||26.6 mpg||5.6 s|
|VXR SuperSport 2.8 V6 Turbo Auto 4dr||£31,344||26.4 mpg||5.9 s|
On sale until December 2014
|Design 2.0 CDTi 163 ecoFLEX Start/Stop 5dr||£19,694||65.7 mpg||9.5 s|
|Elite 1.4 VVT 140 Turbo Start/Stop 5dr||£21,629||54.3 mpg||10.9 s|
|Elite 2.0 CDTi 163 ecoFLEX Start/Stop 5dr||£23,874||65.7 mpg||9.5 s|
|Energy 2.0 CDTi 163 Auto 5dr||£24,729||53.3 mpg||9.6 s|
|Energy 2.0 CDTi 163 ecoFLEX Start/Stop 5dr||£23,064||65.7 mpg||9.5 s|
|Limited Edition 2.0 CDTi 163 ecoFLEX Start/Stop 5dr||£24,164||65.7 mpg||9.5 s|
|SE 2.0 CDTi 163 ecoFLEX Start/Stop 5dr||£21,494||65.7 mpg||9.5 s|
|SRi 2.0 CDTi 163 ecoFLEX Start/Stop 5dr||£21,494||65.7 mpg||9.5 s|
|SRi VX-Line 1.4 140 Turbo Start/Stop 5dr||£20,469||54.3 mpg||10.9 s|
|SRi VX-Line 2.0 CDTi 163 ecoFLEX Start/Stop 5dr||£22,714||65.7 mpg||9.5 s|
|Tech Line 2.0 CDTi 163 ecoFLEX Start/Stop 5dr||£22,344||65.7 mpg||9.5 s|
On sale until June 2013
|Exclusiv 2.0 CDTi (160ps) ecoFLEX Start/Stop 4dr||£22,860||67.3 mpg||-|
|Exclusiv 2.0 CDTi 4dr||£21,415||60.1 mpg||-|
|SRi 2.0 CDTi (160ps) 4dr||£24,545||58.9 mpg||-|
On sale until March 2013
|SRi 2.0 CDTi (160ps) Auto 4dr||£26,195||49.6 mpg||-|
On sale until December 2012
|VXR 2.8 V6 Turbo 5dr||£33,505||26.6 mpg||-|
|VXR 2.8 V6 Turbo Auto 5dr||£35,115||26.4 mpg||-|
On sale until June 2012
|SRi VX-Line 1.8i 5dr||£24,390||37.2 mpg||-|
On sale until February 2012
|SRi 1.6i Turbo 5dr||£23,410||40.4 mpg||-|
|SRi 2.0i Turbo Auto 5dr||£26,620||32.1 mpg||-|
|SRi 2.0i Turbo Start/Stop 5dr||£25,255||37.2 mpg||-|
|SRi VX-Line 1.6i Turbo 5dr||£24,630||40.4 mpg||-|
|SRi VX-Line 2.0 CDTi (160ps) 4x4 Start/Stop 5dr||£28,405||50.4 mpg||-|
|SRi VX-Line 2.0i Turbo Auto 5dr||£27,840||32.1 mpg||-|
|SRi VX-Line 2.0i Turbo Start/Stop 5dr||£26,475||37.2 mpg||-|
|Elite 2.0i Turbo Auto 4dr||£30,420||32.5 mpg||-|
|Elite 2.0i Turbo Start/Stop 4dr||£29,055||37.2 mpg||-|
|Exclusiv 2.0 CDTi (160ps) 4dr||£22,050||55.4 mpg||-|
|Exclusiv 2.0 CDTi (160ps) 4x4 Start/Stop 4dr||£24,690||50.4 mpg||-|
|Exclusiv 2.0 CDTi (160ps) Auto 4dr||£23,695||49.6 mpg||-|
|SE 2.0 CDTi (160ps) 4dr||£25,170||55.4 mpg||-|
|SE 2.0 CDTi (160ps) Auto 4dr||£26,820||49.6 mpg||-|
|SRi 1.6i Turbo 4dr||£23,410||40.4 mpg||-|
|SRi 2.0 CDTi (160ps) 4x4 Start/Stop 4dr||£27,185||50.4 mpg||-|
|SRi 2.0i Turbo Auto 4dr||£26,620||32.5 mpg||-|
|SRi 2.0i Turbo Start/Stop 4dr||£25,255||37.2 mpg||-|
|SRi VX-Line 1.6i Turbo 4dr||£24,630||40.4 mpg||-|
|SRi VX-Line 2.0 CDTi (160ps) Auto 4dr||£27,410||49.6 mpg||-|
|SRi VX-Line 2.0 CDTi 4dr||£25,125||60.1 mpg||-|
|SRi VX-Line 2.0i Turbo Auto 4dr||£27,840||32.5 mpg||-|
|SRi VX-Line 2.0i Turbo Start/Stop 4dr||£26,475||37.2 mpg||-|
On sale until January 2012
|Elite 1.8i 5dr||£25,315||37.2 mpg||-|
|SE 1.8i 5dr||£22,995||37.2 mpg||-|
|SE 2.0 CDTi (160ps) 4x4 Auto 5dr||£29,265||44.1 mpg||-|
|SE 2.0 CDTi (160ps) 4x4 Start/Stop 5dr||£27,815||50.4 mpg||-|
|Elite 1.8i 4dr||£25,315||37.2 mpg||-|
|Exclusiv 1.8i 4dr||£19,875||37.2 mpg||-|
|SE 1.8i 4dr||£22,995||37.2 mpg||-|
|SE 2.0 CDTi (160ps) 4x4 Auto 4dr||£29,265||44.1 mpg||-|
|SE 2.0 CDTi (160ps) 4x4 Start/Stop 4dr||£27,815||50.4 mpg||-|
|SRi 1.8i 4dr||£22,365||37.2 mpg||-|
|SRi VX-Line 1.8i 4dr||£23,525||37.2 mpg||-|
|SRi VX-Line 2.0 CDTi (160ps) 4x4 Start/Stop 4dr||£28,345||50.4 mpg||-|
On sale until June 2011
|Elite 2.0i Turbo 5dr||£28,745||34.0 mpg||-|
|Elite 2.0i Turbo Auto 5dr||£30,420||31.0 mpg||-|
|Elite 2.8i V6 Turbo 4x4 5dr Auto||£34,350||25.7 mpg||-|
|ES 2.0 CDTi (160ps) ecoFLEX 5dr||£20,460||57.6 mpg||-|
|ES 2.0 CDTi Auto 5dr||£21,100||47.9 mpg||-|
|SE 2.0 CDTi Auto 5dr||£26,125||47.9 mpg||-|
|SE 2.0i Turbo 5dr||£25,575||34.0 mpg||-|
|SE 2.0i Turbo Auto 5dr||£27,250||31.0 mpg||-|
|SRi VX-Line 2.0i Turbo 4x4 5dr||£28,620||31.7 mpg||-|
|SRi VX-Line 2.0i Turbo 4x4 Auto 5dr||£30,170||30.4 mpg||-|
|Elite 2.0i Turbo 4dr||£28,745||34.4 mpg||-|
|Elite 2.0i Turbo Auto 4dr||£30,420||31.0 mpg||-|
|Elite 2.8i V6 Turbo 4x4 4dr Auto||£34,350||25.7 mpg||-|
|Exclusiv 2.0 CDTi Auto 4dr||£22,940||47.9 mpg||-|
|SE 2.0 CDTi Auto 4dr||£26,125||47.9 mpg||-|
|SE 2.0i Turbo 4dr||£25,575||34.4 mpg||-|
|SE 2.0i Turbo Auto 4dr||£27,250||31.0 mpg||-|
|SRi VX-Line 2.0i Turbo 4x4 4dr||£28,620||31.7 mpg||-|
|SRi VX-Line 2.0i Turbo 4x4 Auto 4dr||£30,170||30.4 mpg||-|
On sale until November 2010
|Elite 1.6i Turbo 5dr||£25,335||36.7 mpg||-|
|Elite 2.0i Turbo 4x4 5dr||£29,325||31.7 mpg||-|
|Elite 2.0i Turbo 4x4 Auto 5dr||£30,840||30.4 mpg||-|
|Exclusiv 1.6i Turbo 5dr||£19,950||36.7 mpg||-|
|SE 1.6i Turbo 5dr||£23,065||36.7 mpg||-|
|SRi 2.0i Turbo 4x4 5dr||£26,345||31.7 mpg||-|
|SRi 2.0i Turbo 4x4 Auto 5dr||£27,860||30.4 mpg||-|
|Elite 1.6i Turbo 4dr||£25,335||36.7 mpg||-|
|Elite 2.0i Turbo 4x4 4dr||£29,325||31.7 mpg||-|
|Elite 2.0i Turbo 4x4 Auto 4dr||£30,840||30.4 mpg||-|
|Exclusiv 1.6i Turbo 4dr||£19,950||36.7 mpg||-|
|SE 1.6i Turbo 4dr||£23,065||36.7 mpg||-|
|SRi 2.0i Turbo 4x4 4dr||£27,565||31.7 mpg||-|
|SRi 2.0i Turbo 4x4 Auto 4dr||£29,080||30.4 mpg||-|
On sale until May 2010
|SRi VX-Line 1.6i Turbo 5dr||£23,550||36.7 mpg||-|
|SRi VX-Line 1.8i 5dr||£22,525||37.2 mpg||-|
|SRi VX-Line 2.0 CDTi (160ps) 5dr||£24,475||48.7 mpg||-|
|SRi VX-Line 2.0 CDTi (160ps) 5dr Auto||£26,100||42.2 mpg||-|
|SRi VX-Line 2.0 CDTi 5dr||£23,965||48.7 mpg||-|
|SRi VX-Line 2.0i Turbo 4x4 5dr||£27,540||30.7 mpg||-|
|SRi VX-Line 2.0i Turbo 4x4 5dr Auto||£29,055||28.8 mpg||-|
|SRi VX-Line 2.0i Turbo 5dr||£25,050||33.6 mpg||-|
|SRi VX-Line 2.0i Turbo 5dr Auto||£26,680||29.4 mpg||-|
On sale until March 2010
|S 1.8i 5dr||£19,950||37.2 mpg||-|
|S 2.0 CDTi 5dr||£21,510||48.7 mpg||-|
|S 2.0 CDTi 5dr Auto||£21,510||-||-|
|S 2.0 CDTi ecoFLEX 5dr||£22,530||54.3 mpg||-|
On sale until December 2009
|S 1.8i 4dr||£19,321||37.2 mpg||-|
|S 2.0 CDTi 4dr||£20,875||48.7 mpg||-|
|S 2.0 CDTi 4dr Auto||£20,875||-||-|
|S 2.0 CDTi ecoFLEX 4dr||£21,897||54.7 mpg||-|
On sale until August 2009
|SE 2.0i Turbo 4x4 5dr||£22,360||30.7 mpg||-|
|SE 2.0i Turbo 4x4 5dr Auto||£22,360||-||-|
On sale until May 2009
|SE 2.0i Turbo 4x4 4dr||£24,110||30.7 mpg||-|
|SE 2.0i Turbo 4x4 4dr Auto||£24,110||-||-|
- Voted European Car of the Year 2009, beating Fiesta, Golf, Superb, Megane and MiTo.
- 5 Star Euro NCAP rating. 35 points out of a maximum 37. Five-stars adult occupant rating, four stars for child protection and two stars for pedestrian protection.
- Handles reasonably well.
- Decent ride quality.
- Much improved after 2013 facelift.
- New 2.0 diesel based on old Alfa Romeo 1.9 diesel that was probably the most troublesome car diesel engine available in recent years.
- The way rain is channelled off the trunk lid causes is to funnel down onto the back bumper and then splash the legs of whoever opened the trunk.
- Steering of the EcoFLEX diesel is a bit light, but that's the price you pay for the exceptional economy afforded by low rolling resistance tyres.
What to watch out for
18-10-2011: Dual mass flywheel failures becoming increasingly common on manual diesel models.
18-11-2011: Dual mass flywheel and clutch failures becoming common on both diesel and petrol models after at little as 13,000 miles.
6-5-2012: Number of engine fires across Europe through power steering fluid leaking from the reservoir onto the hot exhaust manifold and diesel particulate filter of turbocharged engines. Case history featured on BBC Watchdog on 3-5-2012. October 2011 TSB refers to the pipe that carries pressurised power steering fluid to the rack cracking or leaking. The cure is to replace the power steering pressure pipe and clip. The fault affects 6,900 Insignia diesels, all manufactured in Germany between 2009 and 2010.
1-6-2012: A/C condensers vulnerable to stone damage. £450 to replace.
4-8-2012: Report of electric parking brake automatically releasing on starting the engine.
1-4-2013: Problem of hesitance with 2.0 CDTi automatic. Reader bought a 2011 car in Feb 2012. OK for 7 months. Then in September 2012 developed a prolonged judder on warm-up cycle and began hanging in gear. Taken in by Vauxhall dealer 8 times between October and November but they were not able to fix the faults. Software Update became available in November but made the car worse and it then developed further faults, high idle, the needle jumping around the rev range, and the mpg was significantly reduced with the car returning 28.4mpg. Vauxhall then suspended the Software Update, nationwide, due to complications with how it worked with the car. In February VX took the car to Luton (VX Head Office) for 5 weeks and in this time they decided that the car was ‘Hesitating’ for a split second and returning 40.7 mpg and this is within VX parameters. Car returned with prolonged judder still present and by April 2013 still not fixed.
15-4-2013: Report of DMF and transmission bearing failure on 42k mile 2009/59 Insignia CDTi 130 costing £750 + £750 after respective 50% and 80% contributions from Vauxhall.
3-5-2013: Seems that there is an acknowledged problem with the brakes on VXR and that Vauxhall is replacing all four discs and pad sets on VXRs with less than 20,000 miles as a TSB. This is not a VOSA vehicle safety recall.
30-5-2013: DMF and clutch of Insignia diesel failed after 34,000 miles, not covered by 'Lifetime Warranty'. Bill £1,600.
9-12-2013: Manual gearbox of 2009 1.8 Exclusiv became noisy at 33k miles. Vauxhall offered to cover 70% of the £2,700 replacement costs (inc VAT).
21-12-2013: Alloy wheels of VXR prone to losing their clearcoat in patches and oxidising.
22-1-2014: 40k mile 2010 Insignia 1.8i SE has required 3 sets of rear brake pads (electric parking brake) and after 5 years entire exhaust system was badly corroded. See 15-7-2011 for more on the rear brake binding problem.
8-2-2014: Report of ABS wiring loom "corroded beyond repair" on 3 year 5 month old Insigna SRi 160. Quoted a repair cost of £3,000.
18-4-2014: AA inspection of 42,000 mile 2010 Insignia 2.0 CDTi showed "Gearbox operation/noise. Final drive operation/noise - An excessive whining noise was evident from the transmission when in first and second gears at the time of road test. Would advise immediate investigation in this area as this could prove costly to repair."
18-6-2014: Multiple problems with 2010 Insignia 1.8i Sports Tourer bought from Motorpoint at 6 months old with 12,000 miles, now 55,000 miles: Gearbox, clutch, power steering pump, water coolant pump, rear brake discs all replaced under original 3 year warranty. Now having problems with gearbox again, 2nd PAS pump leaking, oil cooler gasket leaking.
5-1-2015: Vauxhall Insigina diesels seem to have a problem of the dual mass flywheel wearing the bearing of the first motion shaft of the gearbox. Vauxhall has replaced gearboxes FoC under goodwill, even for cars as early as 2011 with 66k miles, but has required the owner to pay for a new DMF and clutch, costing £1360 while the gearbox swap was under way.
26-11-2015: DPF regeneration system of Insignia 2.0 CDTI SRi repeatedly failing with dash message of “Engine overheating Turn off immediately”. ECU error is “P2428 Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1”. (The car cannot be driven when this problem happens, it sounds and runs terrible).
29-11-2015: 2011 Insigna Tourer 2.0 CDTI left standing for a week reported as suffering fan and heater controls powering up and down, then the instrument cluster would power up and down with other devices failing, tyre monitor service, theft deterrent system service etc, air bag service. Possible water ingress.
11-1-2016: Water ingress reported to left side of trunk of 2000/60 reg Insignia. Probably coming in via cabin vent situated in lower side of trunk between the carpet and the bumper cover extension.
21-1-2016: Clutch and DMF failed on 2014 Insignia at 18.500 miles and owner forced to foot the bill.
25-7-2016: Report of engine of 2010 Vauchall Insignia 2.0 CDTI SRI seizing due to oil system blockage. Warning light came on saying "Oil Pressure Low, switch off engine immediately". Did that and and called AA who advised that engine had siezed. Car had been through a full service at the dealer, no warning lights until the it was too late to do anything.
5-11-2016: Lighting problem reported with 2009 Vauxhall Insignia Elite. Warning sign ‘Service AFL Lamp’ regularly appears, the headlights then default to a permanently dipped mode. Two Vauxhall main dealers and a Vauxhall specialist garage have all failed to solve then problem.
10-12-2016: Report of 2011 Vauxhall Insignia diesel engine suddenly dying. This occurred on several more occasions and the car spent several days with the agents from whom it was bought, but no fault was found. However, it continued recurring during a road trip to and from France. Suspect moisture in an electrical connecting block.
17-3-2017: Failed steering rack and failed engine mount reported on 2010 Vauxhall Insignia 2.0CRDI SRI.
1-5-2017: Report of 117,000 kilometre Opel Insignia diesel used mainly for short runs not actively regenerating its DPF. Pouring fluid dirtectly into the DPF via one of the sensor apertures helps.
24-6-2017: Rumble reported from drivetrain of 2014/64 Vauxhall Insignia 2.0CTDI. Dealer has tried replacing all the wheels and tyres to no avail, and replacing the dual mass flywheel and clutch, but rumble still returned.
12-10-2017: Report of automatic transmission heat exchanger located in the radiator of a 2011 Vauxhall Insignia fracturing, dumping engine coolant into the transmission and wreching the transmission.
12-12-2017: Report of serious problem with Vauxhall Insignia 2.0CTDI 158HP. Whilst driving on some uneven ground, it seem to make a bang and then went into tractor mode. When owner turned the car off it wouldn't start again.
10-3-2018: Escalating problem with 2015 Vauxhall Insignia 2.0CTDI owned for the last year, last serviced December 2017. Car broke down with white smoke belting out the back of the exhaust, so taken to Vauxhall dealer. Owner had been checking oil and water every week. Dealer first said had to pay £90 to have an oil and filter change done as there is far to much oil in the engine and there has been damage to the turbo and pipes having to be cleaned out at a cost of £1,179. Then they contacted owner again to tell him the sensors had been damaged in the exhaust and need to be replaced which now brought the total to £1400+. Then on 09/03/17 another call to say they think there’s now damage in the engine and could possibly be the pistons which is more money. Won’t they fix under Vauxhall warranty because all caused by car not being driven far enough to passively and actively regenerate the DPF.
6-4-2018: Report that since an 80,000 mile service id a Vauxhall Insignia, which included a new auxiliary drive belt and water pump, the belt has twice fallen off of the cogs, once when steering sharply to avoid a pedestrian and when driver inadvertently stalled the engine. Reason turned out to be that the tensioner is a pulley on a spring loaded arm, the arm is cast aluminium and was worn at its fixing point, causing it to swing in and out, only slightly, about 3mm. Enough to throw the belt off when the engine stalled.
January/February 2010: TSB over engine hesitation and in the worst case a thermal overload and subsequent destruction of the Diesel Particulate Filter of the 2.0 CTDI. Relevant VIN numbers called in to dealers for re-programming of ECU. Helpline 0118 9458500 0118 9458500 .
October 2011 TSB refers to the pipe that carries pressurised power steering fluid to the rack cracking or leaking. The cure is to replace the power steering pressure pipe and clip. The fault affects 6,900 Insignia diesels, all manufactured in Germany between 2009 and 2010.
11-7-2016 R/2016/138: Vauxhall Insignia and Zafira C: POSSIBLE LOSS OF STEERING CONTROL. The thread on the swivel pin of the track rod end might not be to specification. Therefore when the nut was tightened onto the thread the correct clamping force may not have been attained. After high mileage damage might occur and develop. If not attended to there is a possiblility that the component might fail and steering control would be lost. Recall the vehicles that are likely to be affected and check the thread on the swivel joint of the track rod end. Where it does not conform to specification replace the track rod end. VINS: G 1 095256 to H 1 000059 and G 1 098482 to G 1 100930. Build dates: 7-4-2016 to 20-4-2016.
17-03-2017: R/2017/034: Passenger airbag may deploy incorrectly: The passenger air bag may not deploy as intended. Fix: On affected vehicles replace the airbag module assembly. VIN: W0LGM6E39H1010765 to W0LGT6E39H1036317; Build dates: 25-08-2016 to 01-12-2016.Call Send SMS Add to Skype You'll need Skype Credit Free via Skype
- July 2008: Vauxhall Insignia launched
- July 2008: Trim and price details revelaed
- April 2009: Sixth engine added to the range
- April 2009: Insignia VXR announced
- April 2009: Tax beating Insignia Ecoflex launched
- May 2009: VXR and VXR Sport Tourer announced
- July 2010: The Insignia ecoFLEX’s emissions dropped
- May 2011: ‘Unlimited’ option removes the Insignia VXR’s 155mph restricter
- May 2011: Insignia ecoFLEX now down to 115g/km CO2
- December 2011: Vauxhall Insignia BiTurbo announced
- March 2012: Vauxhall Insignia BiTurbo goes on sale
- June 2013: Insignia revamp announced
- September 2013: New engines shown
Vauxhall Insignia launched
Optional all-wheel drive, active chassis came in 2010. Five engines available at launch. The dashboard’s top-pad wraps around from the instrument panel to the door, creating a unique wing-shape and embracing the occupants. Ambient lighting, which will be featured in future Vauxhall models, radiates a warm, luxurious aura. Much emphasis has also been put into the development of the seats, which set the highest standards in ergonomics, comfort and safety.
AFL (Adaptive Forward Lighting): Nine different light beam settings automatically adjust themselves to cater for various driving conditions, simultaneously enhancing safety and driving pleasure. Moreover, the distinctive styling signature of the front and rear light clusters adds to the Insignia’s unique design.
The further enhanced IDSPlus active chassis system helps the car adapt to prevailing driving conditions. The Insignia will be offered with front-wheel and all-wheel drive. The new ‘Adaptive 4X4’ system’s proactive, instantaneous torque distribution not only ensures optimal traction but also enhances dynamic handling performance.
Trim and price details revelaed
Prices from £15,935 for the comprehensively equipped 1.8-litre Exclusiv model comes with high levels of equipment, including ESP, automatic headlights, an electric driver’s seat height adjuster and electrically adjustable four-way lumbar support. Cruise control is also standard on this model, along with single-zone climate control, front, side and curtain airbags, Isofix and ABS.
The 1.8 ECOTEC petrol engine in the entry level car, produces 140PS and 175Nm of torque and is one of five engines available in the Insignia range, each of which meets Euro 5 emissions standards.
It’s joined by two other petrol units – a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder and a 2.8-litre turbocharged V6 – and two new 2.0-litre diesels with either 130 or 160PS. The 2.0CDTi 130PS Exclusiv is the entry level diesel model, costing £16,935.
Innovative options, such as the Front Camera System, which reads traffic signs and warns drivers if they veer out of their lane, joins next-gen AFL lighting and a standard-on-all-models heated windscreen wash system – known as ‘Hot Shot’. Insignia is also available with Vauxhall’s clever FlexRide chassis and the choice of either front- or all-wheel drive.
Sixth engine added to the range
Coinciding with the Sports Tourer’s launch is the introduction of the sixth engine to the Insignia range, the 180PS 1.6 Turbo. Available on all front-wheel drive models, (apart from ‘S’ trim). The 1.6 Turbo joins the 1.8, 2.0T and 2.8T V6 in the Insignia’s petrol engine range, with the 2.0 CDTi 130PS and 160PS diesels also carrying across to the Sports Tourer. All engines meet the latest Euro 5 emissions standards.
Insignia VXR announced
With 2.8-litre V6 Turbo ECOTEC engine, micro-alloy forged steel crank, 60-degree cylinder angle and die-cast alloy oil sump. 325PS. Has single, twin-scroll turbocharger and variable valve control for quick throttle response. Adaptive four wheel drive. Accelerates from 0-60mph in 5.8 seconds. Electronically limited top speed of 155mph.
Tax beating Insignia Ecoflex launched
With 136g/km CO2, yet same 160PS as other 2.0 CDTIs. Available initially in hatch and saloon versions, and in all trim levels apart from SRi, the Insignia ecoFLEX is on at a starting price of £19,600 OTR for the Exclusiv model.
The ecoFLEX’s reduced combined CO2 figure means that business drivers will pay just 18 per cent BIK tax down from 21 per cent for the 2.0 CDTi models. The lower CO2 also mean that all Insignia ecoFLEX owners will be better off by £25 per year due to its lower VED band. Official combined figure of 54.7mpg. Top speed remains at 135mph, while 0-60mph takes just 8.9 seconds, making it one of the quickest green derivatives in its class.
VXR and VXR Sport Tourer announced
With 325PS 2.8 twin turbo V6, 6 second 0-62mph and top speed restricted to 155mph. 1,530-litre load capability combined with Adaptive 4x4 chassis. Standard 19-inch alloy wheels (20-inch lightweight forged alloys are a cost option) with bespoke tyres, revised bushing and damper settings on both axles, and Brembo brakes with colour-keyed callipers and vented/cross-drilled discs, Recaro seats, VXR steering wheel and gearknob, as well as different instrument graphics, VXR sill plates and black headlining. Arriving summer 2009. Priced from £30,995.
The Insignia ecoFLEX’s emissions dropped
From 136g/km to just 129g/km, with a corresponding improvement in fuel consumption from 54.3mpg combined, to 57.6mpg. This means that not only is the ecoFLEX cheaper to run, but since it falls under 130g/km, customers will pay no VED for the first year.
Insignia 2.0 CDTi 160PS model now benefit from CO2emissions of 144g/km (down from 154g/km), meaning 6.5 per cent lower fuel consumption for all drivers and a 2 per cent drop in BIK tax for company car users, down to 20 per cent for Hatch and Saloon variants.
Thanks to a new turbocharger, the 130PS version of the 2.0 CCDTi emits combined CO2emissions of just 136g/km – an 11.5 per cent reduction.
‘Unlimited’ option removes the Insignia VXR’s 155mph restricter
This allowed the driver to exploit its all-wheel-drive chassis dynamics to the full and the car to reach a top speed of 170mph.
Available with either manual or auto transmissions, and in Hatch, Saloon and Sports Tourer body styles, a car fitted with the Unlimited option is visually distinguished by a blue Brembo logo on its front brake callipers and a newly-designed tachometer and speedometer, showing higher increments. Producing 325PS, the VXR’s turbocharged 2.8-litre V6 engine allows the Insignia VXR to accelerate from 0-60mph in as little as 5.6 seconds for the manual Hatch, a time which is unchanged with the Unlimited option.
The Insignia VXR’s Adaptive 4x4 system uses a sport differential with a Haldex multi-disc clutch as well as electronic centre and rear limited slip differentials (eLSD), and is complemented by Vauxhall’s FlexRide chassis, which allows drivers to choose between three dynamic setups: standard, Sport and VXR and provides optimum traction in all conditions.
Insignia ecoFLEX now down to 115g/km CO2
Falls in to the lowest 13 per cent Benefit-In-Kind tax band for the first time/ The 1.4 Turbo petrol engine also offers low 15 per cent BIK for the 2011/12 tax year.
The 2.0 CDTi ecoFLEX’s combined CO2savings are achieved in part by the inclusion of Start/Stop technology, available for the first time on an Insignia. Underbody aerodynamic measures and low rolling resistance tyres also contribute to the Insignia’s low running costs.
The Insignia’s two revised Euro 5 compliant 2.0 CDTi diesel engines are available with 130PS or 160PS power outputs and improved economy isn’t at the expense of performance. Even fitted with the lower-powered 130PS engine, the Insignia ecoFLEX achieves a top speed of 129mph, with 0-60mph taking just 10.4 seconds. The 160PS variant is quicker, posting a 137mph top speed and 0-60mph in 8.9 seconds. Torque is also maintained against the outgoing model with 300Nm for the 130PS engine and 350Nm on the 160PS unit.
For those who prefer petrol engines, the new-to-range 1.4 Turbo engine combines power, efficiency and refinement, emitting just 129g/km of CO2 and achieving a stingy 51.4mpg in the hatchback and saloon. Torque is increased to 200Nm from 175Nm on the outgoing model.
The new Insignia models also benefit from updated 18-inch five spoke alloy wheels and the inclusion of new satellite navigation units, Navi600 and Navi900. The Navi600 offers UK and Ireland mapping and main road networks across Europe, whilst the Navi900 features detailed European mapping.
Prices for the sub-120g/km diesel models start from £20,345 for the ES 2.0 CDTi (130PS) ecoFLEX Start/Stop Hatchback and go up to £29,385 for the top-of-the-range SRi Nav Vx Line Red Sports Tourer (160PS) ecoFLEX. The 1.4 Turbo is priced from £18,680 for the ES Hatchback up to £27,110 for the SRi Nav Vx Line Red Sports Tourer.
Vauxhall Insignia BiTurbo announced
Producing 195PS and 400Nm of torque, but with CO2 emissions as low as 129g/km. Known as the Insignia BiTurbo, and on sale now, it’s available with a choice of five-door Hatch and Sports Tourer bodies in SRi, SRi Vx-line and Elite trims, priced from £27,120 on the road.
The potent, twin-sequential turbocharged diesel is based on the existing 1956cc unit which powers key models in the Insignia, Astra and new Zafira Tourer range. However, in BiTurbo form the engine produces up to 35PS more power and a significant 50Nm of extra torque, reducing the 0-60mph time by nearly one second to 8.2 seconds (Insignia FWD Hatch).
But thanks to a package of eco features – including standard Start/Stop across the range – the FWD Hatch achieves a combined 57.6mpg, 2.2mpg better than the single-turbo 2.0 CDTi 160PS model.
What makes the Insignia BiTurbo unique in this class is its use of sequential turbocharging, with the smaller turbo accelerating quickly at lower engine speeds to eliminate ‘lag’, providing 350Nm of torque from just 1500rpm. In the mid-range, both turbochargers work together, with a bypass valve allowing gases to flow from the small to large unit; during this phase, maximum torque of 400Nm is produced between 1750-2500rpm. From 3000rpm, all gases flow directly to the larger turbo, ensuring performance is maintained at higher engine speeds.
Complementing this power gain, Vauxhall’s clever FlexRide adaptive damping is standard on all Insignia BiTurbos (normally a £790 option on front-wheel drive Insignias). The system reacts within milliseconds to driver inputs and can ‘learn’ how the car is being driven and adapt damper settings accordingly. Drivers can also select Tour and Sport buttons, and configure the throttle, steering and damper settings in Sport mode separately.
On four-wheel drive models, FlexRide is integrated with the car’s Torque Transfer Device (TTD) and the rear axle’s electronically controlled Limited Slip Differential (e-LSD). These features allow torque to be automatically transferred between front and rear wheels, and between left and right wheels on the rear axle, offering exceptional levels of traction, grip and control.
In common with other models in the Insignia range, the BiTurbo has the option of Vauxhall’s new Front Camera System, with traffic sign recognition and lane departure warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control, which allows the driver to maintain a set distance from the car in front.
Vauxhall Insignia BiTurbo goes on sale
The Insignia BiTurbo is available as a five-door hatchback or a Sports Tourer in SRi, SRi Vx-line and Elite trims, priced from £27,120 on the road . Both standard front-wheel drive and four - wheel drive verisons are available. The twin-sequential turbocharged diesel is based on the existing 2.0-litre engine. However, in BiTurbo form the engine produces up to 35PS more power and a significant 50Nm of extra torque.
Insignia revamp announced
Available as a five-door Hatch, four-door Saloon and Sports Tourer estate, the new range now starts at just £16,279, nearly £2,000 less than entry into the outgoing line-up. There are four new engines including: a 99g/km 140PS 2.0 CDTi offering large cost benefits to fleet and high-mileage drivers; an all-new 1.6 SIDI 170PS Turbo; and a new 250PS 2.0 SIDI Turbo petrol. Existing diesel units have also benefited from refinement improvements.
The Insignia’s range has been simplified, too. There are now eight trims (down from 14 in the outgoing line-up), ranging from Design to Elite, with a mixture of new models that will appeal to both retail and fleet buyers. And like all Vauxhalls, the New Insignia range will come with Lifetime Warranty, allowing first owners peace of mind for as long as they own the car, up to 100,000 miles.
The New Insignia range’s powertrain line-up has been broadened still further with the addition of an all-new petrol engine and new derivatives of the existing 2.0 CDTi unit. Now available with a choice of three power outputs – 120PS, 140PS and 163PS – the New Insignia range’s 2.0 CDTi engine offers drivers ultra-lowemissions of 99g/km (76.3mpg combined) for the lower two outputs and 114g/km (65.7mpg combined) for the higher output unit (figures for Hatch models). But performance hasn’t been compromised, with even the 120 and 140PS models producing up to 320 and 370Nm of torque respectively, and the 163PS model up to 380Nm.
Also new to the engine line-up are two direct injection petrol units: the new-generation 1.6-litre SIDI (Spark Ignition Direct Injection) producing 170PS/280Nm, and the 2.0-litre SIDI, producing 250PS/400Nm. They can be coupled with a six-speed manual transmission and Start/Stop function, or with a new, low-friction six-speed automatic gearbox. In addition to front-wheel-drive, the 2.0-litre SIDI Turbo is also available with four-wheel-drive.
The biggest change existing Insignia customers will see when they sit in the new car is a completely re-designed centre console and instrument cluster. The centre console has been simplified and now has fewer buttons for more intuitive operation of common functions, such as air conditioning and infotainment, while the instrument cluster has new dials and a fresh, high-tech look.
Optional across the range is an 8-inch screen infotainment display (up from 5-inches in the outgoing range) and a new, upgraded instrument cluster with an 8-inch, high-resolution colour display. The cluster incorporates two outer dials showing fuel and revs, while in the centre sits a speedometer that can be displayed in analogue or digital form, or changed to show functions such as smartphone or audio use, or navigation.
New engines shown
1.6 chain cam manifold in head petrol and 1.6 chain cam manifold in head CDTI. Also a revised £29,749 170mph VXR and £31,049 VXR Sports Tourer.
Changes include enhanced exterior styling and improved cabin and new engine options, bringing the emissions of the cleanest 120PS and 140PS 2.0-litre diesel engines down to 99g/km. The range also gets new petrol engines with 170PS or 250PS. Prices start at £16,279 and order books are open – first deliveries are due in October 2013.
Externally the new Insignia gets redesigned headlights, a tweaked grille, new running lights and a redesigned rear similar to that seen on the new Cascada convertible, complete with chrome strip stretching between the LED rear light clusters. Two new shades of green have been added to the colour palette.
Inside there is a completely redesigned centre console with fewer buttons, which should make life easier for drivers. The instrument binnacle features new dials and, as an option, an eight-inch touchscreen is offered which features sat-nav, media and smartphone connectivity.
The engine range consists of three diesels with 120PS, 140PS and 163PS and two new petrol engines – a 1.6-litre with 170PS and a 2.0-litre with 250PS, the latter of which can be specified with all-wheel drive. Both the 120PS and 140PS diesel engines have been tweaked to reduce emissions to 99g/km, meaning VED band A and a BIK rate of 14 per cent for company car drivers.
The range features a huge eight trim levels, but equipment is generous across the boards. All models feature DAB radio, Bluetooth, LED running lights, electric drivers’ seat adjustment, electric parking brake, climate control, automatic headlights and electric windows.
The starting price for the entry-level Design model is £16,279 on the road, while the top Elite model is priced from £21,379 on the road. Order books are open and deliveries are due in October.