Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer (2008 – 2017) Review
Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer (2008 – 2017) At A Glance
Practical load area. Family-friendly. Broad range of engines.
Engines can get noisy. Not as good to drive as other estates. Interior feels dated compared to recent rivals.
Since the Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer was launched in 2008 every rival manufacturer has come out with something new, so it’s a surprise it still stacks up at all. It’s a perfectly capable, practical estate car, but the sizeable load area and wide range of engines can’t hide a less-than impressive cabin and sometimes poor refinement.
Load capacity is 540 litres to the luggage cover with the rear seats up, which is on par with the Ford Mondeo Estate. The load deck is flat and fairly low, which makes loading large, bulky items reasonably easy. Folding the rear seats down is simple and expands capacity to 1530 litres, with a space under the load floor to keep the retractable load cover neatly out of the way.
Up front the Insignia is better now than it used to be. In 2013 the centre stack was revised, with new infotainment and a more rational, less cluttered arrangement, using fewer buttons. It’s much more user-friendly than the messy, confusing design in earlier Insignia models, but material quality still lags behind Volkswagen and Ford.
It’s the same story with the handling. The Insignia’s steering isn’t as pleasantly weighted or as precise as a Mondeo, while the Passat is leagues ahead when it comes to refinement and ride quality. That’s not to say the Insignia is bad – it’s relaxed on a long journey and the engines are subdued unless pushed hard – but it doesn’t stack up against recent competitors.
The engine range is confusingly broad, with dozens of combinations of capacity, output, transmission and trim levels. Power outputs range from 136PS in the entry-level diesel to 325PS in the mad, all-wheel drive VXR Supersports variant. Most people will be happiest with the 170PS 2.0 CDTi diesel, which has official economy of up to 62.8mpg and emissions of as low as 119g/km.
As a comfortable estate car the Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer does its job perfectly well – but there is no escaping the fact it was introduced back in 2008. It’s practical and spacious enough for a family, but so are more recent, better made and more refined rivals like the Mazda6, Volkswagen Passat and Ford Mondeo.
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On the inside of an Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer (2008 – 2017)
The Insignia Sports Tourer has a 540-litre boot, measured from the boot floor to the load cover with the rear seats in place. Folding the rear seats down is very easy, plus the load cover can be stored under the floor without much difficulty. In this configuration load space increases to 1530 litres.
Access to the load area isn’t too bad, but the rear bumper is large and can get in the way when sliding heavy items in or out. It’s a minor criticism, though – on the whole the Insignia Sports Tourer is a perfectly capable estate car that stacks up well against more recent rivals – at least when it comes to practicality.
The rear row is large enough for two adults to sit in comfort and there are Isofix mounting points for child seats. Up front the Insignia Sports Tourer is comfortable, but the layout and materials are outdated next to more recent rivals, with a less than user-friendly centre stack, cheap-looking instrument dials and some cheap-looking plastics in places.
Over the years, Vauxhall has offered the Insignia Sports Tourer in a ridiculous array of trim levels. That’s still the case – buyers can choose from Design, SRi, SRi VX-Line, SE, Tech Line and Elite. All cars come with digital radio, Bluetooth, USB connectivity, LED running lights, alloy wheels and cruise control.
Design is the basic trim and includes DMB digital radio, Bluetooth connectivity, USB and AUX inputs, CD player, alloy wheels (16-/17-inch depending on engine), leather-covered steering wheel, cruise control, trip computer, electric lumbar adjustment, electric height adjustment for driver’s seat, climate control, electric parking brake and automatic lights.
SRi trim adds 17-inch alloy wheels, lowered sports suspension, sports pedals, sports steering wheel, tinted rear windows.
SRi VX-Line adds: 19-inch alloy wheels, VXR styling.
SE trim adds (over design): rear centre head rest, automatic wipers, anti-dazzle rear-view mirror.
Tech-Line trim adds (over SE): Navigation and IntelliLink touchscreen infotainment
Elite trim adds (over SE): Dual-zone climate control, 18-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, front foglights, ‘intelligent’ headlights, leather upholstery, eight-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat, electrically foldable door mirrors and tinted rear glass.
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Driving Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer (2008 – 2017)
- Engines range from 1.4i Turbo to 2.8i Turbo VXR Automatic
- Readers report Real MPG to be between 25–60 mpg
Over the years since its initial launch in 2008, the Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer has been sold with a bewildering array of engines, ranging from a mundane 1.8-litre petrol early on through to modern and efficient 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre CDTi diesels, with economy of up to 72.4mpg.
Of the later crop of engines the 170PS 2.0-litre CDTi diesel is probably the best. It produces an ample 400Nm of torque, so is quite capable of overtaking slow-moving traffic. It does get a little gruff when pushed hard, but at a motorway cruise it’s quiet and capable enough to make for relaxed progress.
Company car drivers are likely to go for the 1.6-litre 136PS diesel. This, too, is fairly capable thanks to a reasonable torque output of 320Nm, so it works well on the motorway. The big advantage over other engines is its low emissions – as little as 104g/km – meaning low BIK. Official economy for the cleanest EcoFlex variants is 72.4mpg.
The engine range also includes a 1.4-litre 140PS turbocharged petrol, which is surprisingly capable and economical, with an official figure of 50.4mpg. There is also a 250PS turbocharged petrol and, if you really want to go fast, a 325PS 2.8-litre V6 petrol is fitted to the high-performance VXR model, giving a 0-62mph sprint time of less than six seconds.
The Insignia Sports Tourer is an easy car to drive, with fairly well-weighted controls and a reasonable blend of road-holding and ride quality on A-roads and motorways. On rougher roads the suspension could do a better job of soaking up potholes and while the steering isn’t bad, it could be better on a country road.
All-in-all the Insignia Sports Tourer is fine, but it is showing its age now. It lacks the quiet comfort of a Passat on a long journey and it isn’t as enjoyable on a twisting route as the Mazda 6 or Ford Mondeo. On the plus side there are numerous optional safety technologies on offer, including adaptive cruise control, blind spot assist and speed limit recognition.
|1.4 Turbo||50 mpg||11.5 s||131 g/km|
|1.4i Turbo||49–50 mpg||11.5 s||131–136 g/km|
|1.6 CDTi 136||61–69 mpg||11.4 s||109–114 g/km|
|1.6 CDTi 136 Automatic||54–55 mpg||11.4 s||134 g/km|
|1.6 CDTi 136 ecoFLEX||61–66 mpg||11.4 s||104–114 g/km|
|1.6 SIDI Turbo||44 mpg||9.8 s||152 g/km|
|1.6 SIDI Turbo Automatic||39 mpg||10.4 s||170 g/km|
|1.6i Turbo||36–39 mpg||-||169–186 g/km|
|1.8i||36 mpg||-||183–184 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi||47–60 mpg||11.6 s||124–159 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi 120 ecoFLEX||72 mpg||12.4 s||104 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi 130||60 mpg||11.6 s||124 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi 140 ecoFLEX||72 mpg||10.9 s||104 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi 160||42–55 mpg||-||134–179 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi 160 4x4||50 mpg||-||149 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi 160 4x4 Automatic||43 mpg||-||175 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi 160 Automatic||48 mpg||-||155 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi 160 ecoFLEX||55–63 mpg||-||119–134 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi 163||63 mpg||9.9 s||119 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi 163 Automatic||52 mpg||10.1 s||143 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi 163 ecoFLEX||63 mpg||9.9 s||119 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi 170||60–63 mpg||9.4–9.9 s||119–124 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi 170 Automatic||50–51 mpg||9.9 s||145–149 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi 170 ecoFLEX||60–63 mpg||9.4–9.9 s||119–124 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi 195||49–58 mpg||8.9–9.0 s||129–154 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi 195 4x4||50 mpg||-||149 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi Automatic||46 mpg||-||162 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi ecoFLEX||53–63 mpg||-||119–139 g/km|
|2.0 SIDI Turbo||38 mpg||7.8 s||174 g/km|
|2.0 SIDI Turbo Automatic||35 mpg||8.0 s||189 g/km|
|2.0i Turbo||29–38 mpg||7.8 s||174–228 g/km|
|2.0i Turbo (start/stop)||36 mpg||-||184 g/km|
|2.0i Turbo 4x4||29–31 mpg||-||213–233 g/km|
|2.0i Turbo 4x4 Automatic||30 mpg||-||223 g/km|
|2.0i Turbo Automatic||31–32 mpg||-||209–217 g/km|
|2.8i Turbo VXR||26 mpg||6.3 s||275 g/km|
|2.8i Turbo VXR Automatic||26 mpg||6.3 s||257 g/km|
|2.8i V6 Turbo 4x4||25 mpg||-||265 g/km|
|2.8i V6 Turbo 4x4 Automatic||25 mpg||-||265 g/km|
|Country Tourer 2.0 CDTi 163||50–63 mpg||9.9–10.9 s||119–147 g/km|
|Country Tourer 2.0 CDTi 163 Automatic||46–52 mpg||10.1–11.4 s||143–165 g/km|
|Country Tourer 2.0 CDTi 163 Automatic 4X4||46 mpg||11.4 s||169 g/km|
|Country Tourer 2.0 CDTi 170||60 mpg||9.4 s||124 g/km|
|Country Tourer 2.0 CDTi 195 4x4||43 mpg||9.9 s||174 g/km|
|Country Tourer 2.0 CDTi 195 Automatic||43 mpg||9.9 s||174 g/km|
|VXR||26–26 mpg||5.9–6.2 s||255–259 g/km|
Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer (2008 – 2017) Models and Specs
|Kerb Weight||1535–1940 kg|
|Boot Space||540–1530 L|
|Alternative||Full-size spare wheel|
|Road Tax Bands||B–M|
|Official MPG||25.0–72.4 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Safety Ratings|
On sale until February 2018
On sale until October 2015
|SRi Nav 2.0 CDTi 170 ecoFLEX Start/Stop 5dr||£24,284||62.8 mpg||9.4 s|
|VXR SuperSport 2.8 V6 325 Turbo 5dr||£31,429||25.9 mpg||5.9 s|
|VXR SuperSport 2.8 V6 Turbo 325 Auto 5dr||£33,184||25.7 mpg||6.2 s|
On sale until August 2015
|Design 1.6 CDTi 136 ecoFLEX Start/Stop Auto 5dr||£22,609||-||-|
|Design Nav 1.6 CDTi 136 ecoFLEX Start/Stop Auto5dr||£23,459||-||-|
|Elite 1.6 CDTi 136 ecoFLEX Start/Stop Auto 5dr||£27,289||-||-|
|Elite Nav 1.6 CDTi 136 ecoFLEX Start/Stop Auto 5dr||£28,139||-||-|
|Tech Line 1.6 CDTi 136 Auto 5dr||£25,259||55.4 mpg||11.4 s|
On sale until April 2015
On sale until January 2015
On sale until June 2013
On sale until December 2012
|SE 2.0 CDTi 5dr||£25,965||57.6 mpg||-|
|VXR 2.8 V6 Turbo 5dr||£34,935||25.9 mpg||-|
|VXR 2.8 V6 Turbo Auto 5dr||£36,760||25.7 mpg||-|
On sale until February 2012
|Elite 2.0 CDTi (160ps) 4x4 Auto 5dr||£33,015||42.8 mpg||-|
|Elite 2.0i Turbo Auto 5dr||£31,860||31.7 mpg||-|
|Elite 2.0i Turbo Start/Stop 5dr||£30,485||36.2 mpg||-|
|Exclusiv 2.0 CDTi (160ps) 4x4 Start/Stop 5dr||£26,070||50.4 mpg||-|
|SRi 1.6i Turbo 5dr||£24,880||39.2 mpg||-|
|SRi 2.0i Turbo Auto 5dr||£28,005||31.7 mpg||-|
|SRi 2.0i Turbo Start/Stop 5dr||£26,635||36.2 mpg||-|
|SRi VX-Line 1.6i Turbo 5dr||£26,100||39.2 mpg||-|
|SRi VX-Line 2.0 CDTi (160ps) 4x4 Start/Stop 5dr||£29,780||50.4 mpg||-|
|SRi VX-Line 2.0i Turbo Auto 5dr||£29,225||31.7 mpg||-|
|SRi VX-Line 2.0i Turbo Start/Stop 5dr||£27,855||36.2 mpg||-|
On sale until January 2012
|Elite 1.8i 5dr||£26,745||36.2 mpg||-|
|ES 1.8i 5dr||£19,350||36.2 mpg||-|
|Exclusiv 1.8i 5dr||£21,190||36.2 mpg||-|
|SE 1.8i 5dr||£24,425||36.2 mpg||-|
|SE 2.0 CDTi (160ps) 4x4 Auto 5dr||£30,695||42.8 mpg||-|
|SE 2.0 CDTi (160ps) 4x4 Start/Stop 5dr||£29,245||50.4 mpg||-|
|SRi 1.8i 5dr||£23,685||36.2 mpg||-|
|SRi VX-Line 1.8i 5dr||£24,905||36.2 mpg||-|
On sale until June 2011
|Elite 2.0i Turbo 5dr||£30,175||33.6 mpg||-|
|Elite 2.0i Turbo Auto 5dr||£31,860||30.7 mpg||-|
|Elite 2.8i V6 Turbo 4x4 5dr Auto||£35,780||25.0 mpg||-|
|ES 2.0 CDTi (160ps) ecoFLEX 5dr||£21,840||55.4 mpg||-|
|ES 2.0 CDTi Auto 5dr||£22,475||46.3 mpg||-|
|Exclusiv 2.0 CDTi Auto 5dr||£24,320||46.3 mpg||-|
|SE 2.0 CDTi Auto 5dr||£27,555||46.3 mpg||-|
|SE 2.0i Turbo 5dr||£27,005||33.6 mpg||-|
|SE 2.0i Turbo Auto 5dr||£28,690||30.7 mpg||-|
|SRi VX-Line 2.0i Turbo 4x4 5dr||£30,000||31.0 mpg||-|
|SRi VX-Line 2.0i Turbo 4x4 Auto 5dr||£31,545||29.7 mpg||-|
On sale until November 2010
|Elite 1.6i Turbo 5dr||£26,820||35.8 mpg||-|
|Elite 2.0i Turbo 4x4 5dr||£30,725||31.0 mpg||-|
|Elite 2.0i Turbo 4x4 Auto 5dr||£32,240||29.7 mpg||-|
|Exclusiv 1.6i Turbo 5dr||£21,385||35.8 mpg||-|
|SE 1.6i Turbo 5dr||£24,550||35.8 mpg||-|
|SRi 2.0i Turbo 4x4 5dr||£27,695||31.0 mpg||-|
|SRi 2.0i Turbo 4x4 Auto 5dr||£29,210||29.7 mpg||-|
On sale until May 2010
|SRi VX-Line 1.6i Turbo 5dr||£24,985||35.8 mpg||-|
|SRi VX-Line 1.8i 5dr||£23,875||36.2 mpg||-|
|SRi VX-Line 2.0 CDTi (160ps) 5dr||£25,825||47.1 mpg||-|
|SRi VX-Line 2.0 CDTi (160ps) 5dr Auto||£27,450||41.5 mpg||-|
|SRi VX-Line 2.0 CDTi 5dr||£25,315||47.1 mpg||-|
|SRi VX-Line 2.0i Turbo 4x4 5dr||£28,890||30.4 mpg||-|
|SRi VX-Line 2.0i Turbo 4x4 5dr Auto||£30,405||28.5 mpg||-|
|SRi VX-Line 2.0i Turbo 5dr||£26,400||33.2 mpg||-|
|SRi VX-Line 2.0i Turbo 5dr Auto||£28,040||29.1 mpg||-|
On sale until March 2010
|S 1.8i 5dr||£21,300||36.2 mpg||-|
|S 2.0 CDTi 5dr||£22,860||47.1 mpg||-|
|S 2.0 CDTi 5dr Auto||£22,860||-||-|
|S 2.0 CDTi ecoFLEX 5dr||£23,880||53.3 mpg||-|
On sale until May 2009
|SE 2.0i Turbo 4x4 5dr||£25,530||30.4 mpg||-|
|SE 2.0i Turbo 4x4 5dr Auto||£25,530||-||-|
- Practical load area, with easy-to-fold rear seats and a storage area for the load cover.
- Spacious rear seats.
- Better interior from 2013 facelift.
- 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.
- Interior feels dated next to modern rivals like the 2014 Ford Mondeo and 2015 Volkswagen Passat.
- Older models have cluttered and messy centre-stack layout.
- Not as good to drive as more recent rivals, including Mazda 6, Ford Mondeo and Volkswagen Passat.
What to watch out for
15-7-2011: Seems to be a rear brake disc and pad binding problem. The old type of pads can bind, part number: TRW 16586609. The new type do not bind or score the discs, part number: TRW 16586611.
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.
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.
29-11-2015: 2011 Insigna Tourer 2.0CDTI 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.
- April 2009
- April 2009: Insignia VXR announced
- April 2009: Tax beating Insignia Ecoflex launched
- May 2009: VXR and VXR Sport Tourer announced
- August 2009: Ecoflex Sport Tourer goes on sale
- July 2010: Cleaner Insignia revealed
- May 2011: Go-faster Insignia option
- December 2011: Insignia BiTurbo revealed
- June 2013: Insignia revamp announced
- September 2013: New engines shown
- September 2013: Insignia Country Tourer launched
Insignia Sports Tourer goes on sale UK 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. Length 4,908mm x 1,856mm wide x 1,520mm high. Wheelbase 2,737mm.
Available with FlexRide, Intelligent AFL and Adaptive 4x4, but with enhanced practicality, thanks to a 540-litre load area with the rear seats up. Dropping the 60:40 split rear seats converts the Sports Tourer to take up to 1,530-litres.
The Sports Tourer’s can be enhanced with the FlexRide system which provides drivers with a choice of three dynamic settings – Standard, Tour and Sport – depending upon their driving style and the prevailing conditions. In addition, the Sports Tourer is available with a choice of two base chassis: Sport, which is standard on all SRi models; and Comfort, which is standard on S, Exclusiv, SE and Elite models. Vauxhall is predicting that more than 15 per cent of Insignia sales will be Sport Tourers, with most buyers opting for the SRi.
Inevitably, with their highly competitive CO2 rating of 159g/km and low fuel consumption, the 2.0 CDTi 130PS and 160PS engines will continue to prove popular with private buyers and fleets alike, accounting for around 69 per cent of all sales. However, the new 1.6 Turbo engine will be a significant addition, appealing to those buyers who still prefer the outright performance of a petrol-fuelled car, but who are conscious of the emissions and fuel penalties this often brings.
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 2.0CDTIs. 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. 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. Designers have streamlined the car, adding panelling to its underside, while also lowering the ride height by 10mm.
As a result, the Cd figure drops from 0.27 for the regular hatch to 0.26 for the ecoFLEX. Low rolling resistance Michelin tyres are also standard on all models. A higher first and second gear ratio, combined with a higher final drive ratio are the only changes that have been made to the ecoFLEX’s powertrain, ensuring that the generous torque from the 2.0 CDTi 160 engine (350Nm from 1750-2500rpm, with overboost to 380Nm) remains to ensure optimum driveability. But to help drivers get the best from their ecoFLEX’s economy, a graphic is displayed in the instrument panel recommending the best change-up points.
0-60mph 8.9 seconds
Top speed 135mph
CO2 emissions 136g/km
VED band C
BIK band 18%
Max power 160PS @ 4000rpm
Max torque 350Nm from 1750-2500rpm
Configuration 4 cylinders, 4 valves per cylinder, double overhead camshafts
Fuel/induction Variable geometry turbocharger with intercooler. Common rail fuel injection
Service intervals 20,000 miles or 1 year (whichever occurs soonest)
VXR and VXR Sport Tourer announced
With 325PS 2.8 twin turbo V6, 6 second 0-60 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.
Ecoflex Sport Tourer goes on sale
List prices from £21,515. 0-60mph 9.3 seconds. 134mph. 139g/km CO2. 40.9mpg urban. 53.7mpg combined. VED band E. BIK band 18%. 1,956cc diesel, 160PS @ 4000rpm, 350Nm from 1750-2500rpm (with overboost to 380Nm). 4 cylinders, 4 valves per cylinder, double overhead camshafts. Variable geometry turbocharger with intercooler. Common rail fuel injection. Service intervals 1 year or 20k miles whichever comes first.
Cleaner Insignia revealed
The Insignia ecoFLEX’s emissions have now 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 Sports Tourer ecoFLEX drops 134g/km and fuel consumption of 55.4mpg, up from 53.3mpg. ecoFLEX power remains at 160PS, with torque a healthy 350Nm from 1750-2500rpm.
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.
Go-faster Insignia option
‘Unlimited’ option, at £250, removes the ‘regular’ Insignia VXR’s 155mph restrictor, allowing 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.
Insignia BiTurbo revealed
Vauxhall’s most powerful diesel engine ever is now available in the Insignia range, 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.
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.
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.
An all-new infotainment system, incorporating Bluetooth-operated internet connectivity, an 8-inch touchscreen, and 3D navigation and voice control, is fully compatible with a driver’s smartphone and allows drivers unrivalled communications while on the move. A DMB (Digital Media Broadcast) radio is now standard across the range.
The most obvious external change is that the chrome bar across the rear now bisects the rear light clusters instead of sitting above them.
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.
Insignia Country Tourer launched
Blends the estate body of Sports Tourer with chunkier styling and off-road touches like a higher ride height, improved ground clearance and all-wheel drive. Priced around £30,000. On sale from late 2013.
Externally the Country Tourer sports black plastic trims around the wheel arches , along the sills and on the front and rear bumpers, along with a metallic protective panel protruding from under the engine and at the rear of the car. There are also LED brake and tail lights and LED day time running lights, plus 20mm more ground clearance over the regular Insignia estate.
Two engines are offered – a 2.0-litre CDTi diesel with 165PS and 380Nm of torque and a 2.0-litre BiTurbo CDTi with 195PS and 400Nm of torque, the latter of which is only offered with an automatic gearbox. Regardless of engine choice the Country Tourer has all-wheel drive, though it reverts to front wheel drive unless traction is required at the rear – such as in adverse weather.