Vauxhall Insignia

Vauxhall Insignia motability carThe Insignia has been with us since 2008 so it has been given a facelift to keep it looking fresh but aside from a new grille, extended tail lights and LED running lights externally there is little new, the changes have been made under the bonnet with a range of new engines and inside the car where a whole new dash greets you, gone are the fiddly buttons and in comes an 8″ touch screen information centre with scroll pad that when paired with Vauxhall IntelliLink becomes music centre, sat nav and phone controller.Few cars are as refined as the Insignia. On the move, wind, road and engine noise are kept to a minimum, making the car an excellent long distance cruiser. But that’s not to say that driving fans will be disappointed. The new Ford Mondeo cannot compete with the value on offer this quarter from Vauxhall, the Insignia makes for a better value option presently.


Vauxhall Insignia motability car interior

The new Insignia comes in Design, Tech Line, SE, SRi, SRi VX line and Elite versions as well as Design nav and SRi nav that adds a sat nav. The Design Nav makes for an excellent deal as it has the aforementioned 8″ touch screen with IntelliLink as a standard feature along with cruise control, digital radio, front electric windows, LED running lights, 16″ alloy wheels, electric parking brake, leather covered steering wheel with reach and rake adjustment, electric height and lumbar adjustment for driver’s seat, electronic climate control and automatic lighting. The SRi adds 17″ alloy wheels, lowered sports suspension, leather covered steering wheel, front fog lights and tinted rear glass.


Vauxhall Insignia motability car sideThe pick of the engines is the all new Euro 6 1.6 diesel with 136 bhp and the 2.0 litre 170bhp ‘whisper diesels’ which are quieter, as the name would suggest, cleaner, faster and greener that the outgoing engines. The 1.6 can return an impressive 74.3 miles per gallon while still push the Insignia to 62mph in 11.4 seconds. The larger car hits the tape in 9.4 seconds and returns 62.8mpg combined. Both engines are available with a six speed Manual or Automatic gearbox, the MPG does get hit in Auto guise the 170 drops to 50.4 combined.

The Insignia is being replaced with a Grand Sport Insignia in the Summer of 2017 so some models and automatic cars are not available.

Spring Best Buy – Vauxhall Insignia hatchback ‘Elite with OnStar’ 1.6 diesel 136 bhp 6 speed manual  –  £999 Advance Payment (£64.80 +£183 wpms)

Insignia Sports Tourer

The Insignia Estate (Sports Tourer) is a handsome machine of that there can be no doubt, but the bragging rights of a 1530-litre boot (rear seats down) is hardly much to write home about when even a VW Golf Estate musters 90 litres more.

Spring Best Buy – Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer ‘Elite’  1.6 diesel 136 bhp 6 speed manual  –  £1149 Advance Payment (£281 wpms)