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Vauxhall INSIGNIA DIESEL GRAND SPORT 1.5 Turbo D SRi VX-Line Nav 5dr Auto

Vauxhall INSIGNIA 1.5 Turbo D SRi VX-Line Nav 5dr Auto
Vauxhall INSIGNIA 1.5 Turbo D SRi VX-Line Nav 5dr Auto
Vauxhall INSIGNIA 1.5 Turbo D SRi VX-Line Nav 5dr Auto
Vauxhall INSIGNIA 1.5 Turbo D SRi VX-Line Nav 5dr Auto
Vauxhall INSIGNIA 1.5 Turbo D SRi VX-Line Nav 5dr Auto
Vauxhall INSIGNIA 1.5 Turbo D SRi VX-Line Nav 5dr Auto
Vauxhall INSIGNIA 1.5 Turbo D SRi VX-Line Nav 5dr Auto
Vauxhall INSIGNIA 1.5 Turbo D SRi VX-Line Nav 5dr Auto
Vauxhall INSIGNIA 1.5 Turbo D SRi VX-Line Nav 5dr Auto
Vauxhall INSIGNIA 1.5 Turbo D SRi VX-Line Nav 5dr Auto
Vauxhall INSIGNIA 1.5 Turbo D SRi VX-Line Nav 5dr Auto
Vauxhall INSIGNIA 1.5 Turbo D SRi VX-Line Nav 5dr Auto
Vauxhall INSIGNIA 1.5 Turbo D SRi VX-Line Nav 5dr Auto
Vauxhall INSIGNIA 1.5 Turbo D SRi VX-Line Nav 5dr Auto
Vauxhall INSIGNIA 1.5 Turbo D SRi VX-Line Nav 5dr Auto
Vauxhall INSIGNIA 1.5 Turbo D SRi VX-Line Nav 5dr Auto
Vauxhall INSIGNIA 1.5 Turbo D SRi VX-Line Nav 5dr Auto
Vauxhall INSIGNIA 1.5 Turbo D SRi VX-Line Nav 5dr Auto
Vauxhall INSIGNIA 1.5 Turbo D SRi VX-Line Nav 5dr Auto
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Vauxhall INSIGNIA 1.5 Turbo D SRi VX-Line Nav 5dr Auto
Vauxhall INSIGNIA 1.5 Turbo D SRi VX-Line Nav 5dr Auto
Vauxhall INSIGNIA 1.5 Turbo D SRi VX-Line Nav 5dr Auto
Vauxhall INSIGNIA 1.5 Turbo D SRi VX-Line Nav 5dr Auto
Vauxhall INSIGNIA 1.5 Turbo D SRi VX-Line Nav 5dr Auto
Vauxhall INSIGNIA 1.5 Turbo D SRi VX-Line Nav 5dr Auto
Vauxhall INSIGNIA 1.5 Turbo D SRi VX-Line Nav 5dr Auto
Vauxhall INSIGNIA 1.5 Turbo D SRi VX-Line Nav 5dr Auto
Vauxhall INSIGNIA 1.5 Turbo D SRi VX-Line Nav 5dr Auto
Vauxhall INSIGNIA 1.5 Turbo D SRi VX-Line Nav 5dr Auto
Vauxhall INSIGNIA 1.5 Turbo D SRi VX-Line Nav 5dr Auto
Vauxhall INSIGNIA 1.5 Turbo D SRi VX-Line Nav 5dr Auto
Vauxhall INSIGNIA 1.5 Turbo D SRi VX-Line Nav 5dr Auto
Vauxhall INSIGNIA 1.5 Turbo D SRi VX-Line Nav 5dr Auto
Vauxhall INSIGNIA 1.5 Turbo D SRi VX-Line Nav 5dr Auto
Vauxhall INSIGNIA 1.5 Turbo D SRi VX-Line Nav 5dr Auto
Vauxhall INSIGNIA 1.5 Turbo D SRi VX-Line Nav 5dr Auto
Vauxhall INSIGNIA 1.5 Turbo D SRi VX-Line Nav 5dr Auto
Vauxhall INSIGNIA 1.5 Turbo D SRi VX-Line Nav 5dr Auto

Key Info Compare

  • FuelDiesel
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG0.00
  • 0-62mph secs
  • Top Speed124 mph
  • C020 g/km
  • BHP122
  • Torque210 lbs/f
  • P11D29%

Review

The second generation version of Vauxhall's Insignia has been usefully updated, now offered only in five-door hatch form and featuring a heavily revised engine range, plus smarter looks, a classier cabin and some hi-tech features. If, like many business buyers, you're browsing in the £25,000 to £35,000 bracket selecting a medium range Mondeo segment model or a mid-sized executive contender, it's a contender that you really can't afford to overlook.

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The second generation version of Vauxhall's Insignia gets a useful update in this facelifted guise. Jonathan Crouch looks at what's on offer.

Background

If you perceive Vauxhall's Insignia as a middle management mainstream company car, then the brand reckons it's time you had a re-think. The second generation version of this model launched in 2017 was a decent step forward and now, that design has been lightly updated, primarily with a thoroughly revised range of engines. Continuing attributes include a spacious cabin, plus there's an optional slick-shifting 8-speed auto gearbox and a clever 4WD system at the top of the range. Think of a feature you can get in a pricey compact German premium brand - LED matrix lighting, Lane Keep Assist, Head-up Display, cutting-edge media connectivity. All of it's on offer here. It's a strong package.

Driving Experience

Cars like this one don't spend their lives on open country roads but on endless motorway trips and snarled-up suburban crawls. Dynamically, they should be designed to suit that remit - in the way that this one really is. To some extent, it feels like the bigger car it's become in second generation form, the suspension floating you over broken surfaces that would have troubled and impeded the previous pre-2017-era model. Few other models in this segment ride better, which is some compensation for the fact that this isn't in any sense a car that you'd take out to drive for the fun of it. But it's one you'd be very happy to have chosen at the end of a long day fighting against the clock to meet appointments with awkward clients who simply don't care about the difficulties of grappling with Britain's congested highway network. You might be surprised, given the current environmental zeitgeist, to learn that nearly all Insignias are still sold with diesel power, though as much as anything, that's down to Vauxhall's continued refusal to offer this model with sensibly priced petrol units. The usual Insignia driver's choice these days is the 122PS 1.5-litre three cylinder diesel unit, recently borrowed from the Astra line-up and available with the option of 8-speed auto transmission. There's also a freshly added 174PS 2.0-litre Turbo D unit if you want a bit more performance, also with that same auto option. For the few who want petrol power in this car, Vauxhall offers a couple of new 2.0-litre turbo powertrains, both wedded to a new 9-speed auto gearbox. One develops 200PS, the other (in the top GSi) puts out 230PS, that flagship model featuring an intelligent all-wheel drive system with a sophisticated built-in rear torque vectoring set-up.

Design and Build

Insignia buyers are now restricted to a single five-door hatch body style, but it still looks quite appealing, with a flowing shape based on the brand's Monza concept car. Vauxhall believes that this Insignia has 'the aura of a car from the premium, upper class'; you decide. The brand reckons that this improved model looks smarter - thanks to a few front end styling tweaks and the adoption on plusher variants of piercing Intellilux LED pixel headlights. The company's stylists believe the car also looks lower and wider than it previously did, thanks to the position of the air inlets with their integrated fog lamps. The prominent grille and those slim-line headlamps enhance the wide horizontal design of the front end and provide it with a bold appearance. Inside, the cabin now feels a little plusher than it did before, thanks to the addition of precisely placed chrome accents. As previously, the driver sits quite low and is surrounded by clean lines, pleasant surfaces and impressive build quality, a highlight being the frameless touchscreen of the IntelliLink infotainment system. Cabin width in the rear remains a strong Insignia selling point - as you'd expect it might be given that this car is wider than supposedly much bigger 'E-segment' models like BMW's 5 Series or Mercedes' E-Class. Unfortunately, mitigating against that is the height of the centre transmission tunnel and the fact that the rear bench has been sculpted so that any middle occupant must position themselves on an uncomfortably-raised section of foam. This hatch model does though, boast a reasonably-sized 490-litre boot.

Market and Model

The Insignia has quite a few attributes but, as before, the main reason you're likely to choose it in this segment is because of its value pricing. With this facelifted version of the MK2 model, the range has been slimmed down to a single hatch body style and, from the launch of this updated car, pricing for mainstream models sat in the £24,000 to £35,000 bracket, spread across four main trim levels - 'SE Nav', 'SRi Nav', a sporty-looking 'SRi VX-Line Nav' model and top 'Ultimate Nav'-spec. Beyond that, there's the top GSi high performance 4x4 variant, which costs just over £40,000 and will be rare sight indeed. There are just three mainstream engines, the range kicking off with a three cylinder 1.5-litre 122PS diesel, which can be had with the £1,700 option of automatic transmission. We'd think twice about finding the extra £1,000 that Vauxhall wants for the four cylinder 2.0-litre 174PS diesel; it's a lot less economic and the auto option with that unit for some reason costs over £3,500 more. You'd think in this day and age where using diesel goes against the general zeitgeist, Vauxhall would offer a reasonably priced petrol option, but no; hardly anyone's going to choose a petrol engine in this car because the cheapest one, the 200PS auto-only 2.0-litre powerplant, can only be had with this pricey 'SRi VX-Line Nav' trim and costs around £35,000.

Cost of Ownership

This improved Insignia consumes up to 18 per cent less fuel than the outgoing model thanks to powerful new high-efficiency engines. The engine range features three and four-cylinder units, including a 1.5-litre (122PS) diesel unit that achieves up to 61.4mpg (WLTP). This three-cylinder engine is up to 50kg lighter than its four-cylinder predecessor in the outgoing model. Above these are two 2.0-litre petrol engines with 200PS and 230PS, as well as a 2.0-litre four-cylinder 174PS diesel. All Insignia diesel units are fully RDE2 compliant, meaning no four percent BiK surcharge. The 1.5 Turbo D unit puts out a very competitive 121g/km of WLTP-rated CO2 in manual form, a return replicated if you opt for the 2.0 Turbo D engine (or 130g/km for the auto). The 2.0-litre petrol engines are the first Vauxhall engines with cylinder deactivation. Unless the driver needs a lot of power, the variable camshaft control deactivates two cylinders, significantly reducing fuel consumption. The 2.0 Turbo petrol manages 167g/km of CO2 in 200PS form - or 179g/km in 230PS GSi guise. You'll also need to know that Vauxhall includes a three-year, 60,000 mile warranty as standard, a package that can be extended up to five years and 100,000 miles at extra cost. A year's free breakdown cover is also provided, along with a six-year anti-corrosion guarantee. Plus you can opt for a service plan that lets you pay monthly to spread the cost of regular work to your car. As part of this, Vauxhall offers discounts on wear and tear items, such as brake pads and windscreen wipers.

Summary

Overall, we're reasonably impressed by what Vauxhall has delivered here. This smarter package builds on the strengths of the original version of this model - which primarily centred around a spacious rear cabin, decent equipment levels and a pretty efficient range of engines. The Insignia might still not be quite good enough to beat the premium German makers at their own game, but it's certainly now one of the classier propositions in the volume part of the D-segment. Which makes it all the more astonishing that it's so much more affordable than obvious rivals. It's time to change the way you think about Vauxhall's Insignia. If you doubt that, you need to try one.

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Exterior Features
Two coat metallic paint
Adaptive brake lights
Auto dipping rear view mirror
Black door mirrors
Body colour bumpers
Body colour door handles
Chrome effect bar on front grille
Chrome effect upper window trim
Chrome grille surround
Dark tinted rear windows
Door to door illumination
Electrically operated front and rear windows with safety auto reverse and one touch up/down facility with heated rear window
Front fog lights
Gloss black lower window trim
Hazard warning lights
High level LED centre rear brake light
IntelliLux LED Pixel headlights with anti-glare high beam
LED brake lights
LED daytime running lights
LED side repeat indicators
LED tail lights
Manual headlight beam levelling
Manually foldable door mirrors
Rear fog lights
Rear spoiler
Reversing light
Shark fin antenna
Side sills
Solar heat absorbing windscreen with tinted windows
Sports style front and rear bumpers with upper and lower bumper design
Twin electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
Visible VIN plate
Wheels
Emergency tyre inflation kit
20" five twin spoke bi-colour high gloss black diamond cut alloy wheels
Driver Convenience
8" Colour instrument cluster display
Central facia display with digital clock, outside air temperature and audio information
Cruise control with intelligent speed limiter
Driver information - Total mileage, service indicator, oil life
Dual pinion electrical power steering
Front camera system
Lights on audible warning
Multi function trip computer
Multimedia Navi Pro with 8" touch, DAB/AM/FM radio, 2 front USB/iPod, Bluetooth, Apple carplay/Android auto, sat nav, traffic sign + European coverage
Parking distance sensors front and rear with audible warning and distance warning in driver information display
Smartphone projection
Traffic sign recognition
Voice control system
Wireless charger for mobile devices
Entertainment
7 speakers
Auxiliary input socket
Bose Premium Audio system
Instrumentation - Speedometer, rev counter, low fuel gauge warning light + water temperature gauge warning light, shift up/down indicate light
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Twin USB power sockets for rear seat passengers
Interior Features
12V electrical accessory socket in front, drivers and front passenger sunvisors + vanity mirrors
3 spoke flat bottom electrically heated perforated leather steering wheel with satin chrome effect bezel
4 way driver/front passenger adjustable head restraints
4 way electric lumbar support for driver and front passenger
40/20/40 split folding rear seat back with one touch release flexfold
8 way eletrical adjustable drivers seat with height, reach,till and backrest
8 way manually adjustable passenger seat with height, reach,till and backrest
Active ventilation for driver seat
Alloy sports pedals
Ambient LED lighting
Central front and rear courtesy light, twin rear and front reading lights with illuminated switches
Chrome inner door handles
Driver seat cushion extension
Dual zone electronic climate control incorporating air conditioning with variable side-to-side temperature setting, multi-zone sun and humidity sensor
Ergonomic active front seats
Four adjustable facia vents
Four load restraint lashing eyes
Front centre adjustable armrest with 2.8 litres storage capacity
Front door pockets with 1.5 litre bottle holder
Fully carpeted load area
Heated front seats
Height adjustable 3 rear head restraints
Illuminated glovebox with lid
Illuminated load area
Illuminated vanity mirrors
Interior tailgate handle
ISOFIX child seat mountings incorporating top tether anchor points located on outer rear seats
Jet black headlining
Luggage compartment cover
Massage function for driver and front passenger
Memory for drivers seat/door mirrors
Pneumatically adjustable backrest side bolsters
Premium black leather effect side bolsters and surrounds
Rake/reach adjustable steering wheel
Rear door pockets with 1 litre bottle holder
Sienna perforated leather/morrocana upholstery
Storage pockets on front seat backs
Storage tray in spare wheel well
Twin gas assisted tailgate struts
Two drinks holders in centre console
Welcome lighting
Windscreen and side window demist vents
Packs
Driver Assistance Pack 1 - Insignia
Sight and Light Pack - Insignia
Safety
6 Airbags - Driver and passengers front airbag, two front side impact airbag, full size curtain airbags for driver
Active bonnet
Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
Child locks on rear doors
Cornering brake control
Deactivation switch for front passenger front and side impact airbags
Drag torque control
EBD - Electronic brakeforce distribution
Electric parking brake with centre console switch in handbrake and adjustable armrest in premium centre console
Electronic Stability Programme
Emergency brake assist
Fading brake support
Front and outer rear seatbelt force limiters
Front and rear outer seat belt pre-tensioners
Front seatbelt unfastened audible warning and warning light
Hill start assist
Rollover mitigation
Straight line stability control
Traction control
Two front and three point rear inertia reel lap and diagonal seatbelts
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Security
Electronically protected audio equipment
Engine deadlock immobiliser
Freewheeling door locks
Keyless entry and start with two transmitter fobs
Locking wheel bolts
Remote central deadlocking , operates on doors, tailgates and fuel filler flap, deadlock, central locking switch on drivers door
Remote security alarm system with ultrasonic interior sensor, tilt sensor, independent power supply, thatcham approved
Technical
McPherson strut front suspension
Trim
Black facia, black door panels with black premium leather effect inserts, trim inserts in dark metallic Hexagon
Emissions - ICE
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 150
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 130
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1496
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 3
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery COMMON RAIL
Gears 8 SPEED
Number of Valves 12
Transmission AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies No
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 5.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 5
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 49.6
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 56.5
General
AdBlue Yes
Alternative Fuel Qualifying No
Badge Engine CC 1.5
Badge Power 122
Coin Description Turbo D
Coin Series SRi VX-Line Nav
Generation Mark 1
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 93
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 85
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 78
NCAP Safety Assist % 69
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Service Interval Mileage 20000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months 72
Timing Belt Interval Mileage 100000
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 60 mph (secs) 11.5
Engine Power - BHP 122
Engine Power - KW 90
Engine Power - RPM 3500
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 210
Engine Torque - MKG 29.1
Engine Torque - NM 285
Engine Torque - RPM 1500
Top Speed 124
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle WLTP
RDE Certification Level RDE 2
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 245/45 R20
Tyre Size Rear 245/45 R20
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style 5 TWIN SPOKE DIAMOND CUT
Wheel Type 20" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1455
Length 4897
Wheelbase 2829
Width 1863
Width (including mirrors) 2093
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 62
Gross Vehicle Weight 1540
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1450
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 490
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1500
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 11.15

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 5,000 miles p/a £544.42 p/m £10.31 p/m
36 months 5,000 miles p/a £439.07 p/m £9.70 p/m
48 months 5,000 miles p/a £380.92 p/m £14.85 p/m
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* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
E-call £490.00
Exterior Features
Additional two coat metallic paint £600.00
Brilliant paint £360.00
Intermittent rear window wash/wipe FOC
Two coat Premium paint £710.00
Paintwork
Additional two coat metallic - Mineral black £600.00
Additional two coat metallic - Navy blue £600.00
Additional two coat metallic - Satin steel grey £600.00
Additional two coat metallic - Sovereign silver £600.00
Brilliant Paint - Summit white £360.00
Premium two coat - Hot red £710.00
Two coat metallic - Carbon brown FOC
Trim
Sienna perforated leather/morrocana - Jet Black FOC
Wheels
17" steel spare wheel £160.00
* option prices shown are estimated