VAUXHALL

VAUXHALL INSIGNIA DIESEL GRAND SPORT 1.5 Turbo D SRi Nav 5dr

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph10.7s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2121 g/km

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.

GRAND DESIGNS

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

Ten Second 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.

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.

  • Electrically operated front and rear windows with safety auto reverse and one touch up/down facility with heated rear window
  • Solar heat absorbing windscreen with tinted windows

  • Drag torque control
  • Electric parking brake with centre console switch in handbrake and adjustable armrest in premium centre console
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Electronic Stability Programme
  • Traction control
  • Cornering brake control
  • Emergency brake assist
  • Hill start assist
  • EBD - Electronic brakeforce distribution
  • Straight line stability control
  • Fading brake support

  • Fully carpeted load area

  • McPherson strut front suspension

  • Front camera system
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Parking distance sensors front and rear with audible warning and distance warning in driver information display
  • Dual pinion electrical power steering
  • Cruise control with intelligent speed limiter
  • Smartphone projection

  • Multimedia Navi system with 7" touchscreen, DAB/AM/FM radio, 2 front USB/iPod, Bluetooth, Apple carplay/Android auto and sat nav
  • 3.5" monochrome instrument cluster display
  • Driver information - Total mileage, service indicator, oil life
  • Lights on audible warning
  • Central facia display with digital clock, outside air temperature and audio information
  • Multi function trip computer

  • Automatic dipping rear view mirror
  • Black door mirrors
  • Twin electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • Manually foldable door mirrors

  • Black facia, black door panels with black premium leather effect inserts, trim inserts in dark metallic Hexagon

  • Auxiliary input socket
  • Instrumentation - Speedometer, rev counter, low fuel gauge warning light + water temperature gauge warning light, shift up/down indicate light
  • 7 speakers
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls

  • Chrome effect bar on front grille
  • Chrome grille surround
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Rear spoiler
  • Gloss black lower window trim
  • Chrome effect upper window trim
  • Visible VIN plate
  • Front and rear bumper styling for upper and lower bumper design

  • Rear fog lights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED tail lights
  • LED Headlights
  • LED side repeat indicators
  • Manual headlight beam levelling
  • High level LED centre rear brake light
  • Hazard warning lights
  • Front fog lights
  • Reversing light
  • LED brake lights
  • Door to door illumination
  • Adaptive brake lights

  • Four adjustable facia vents
  • Dual zone electronic climate control incorporating air conditioning with variable side-to-side temperature setting, multi-zone sun and humidity sensor
  • Windscreen and side window demist vents

  • Illuminated glovebox with lid
  • Monita marvel dark fabric upholstery
  • Front door pockets with 1.5 litre bottle holder
  • Rear door pockets with 1 litre bottle holder
  • Premium jet black leather effect side bolsters and surrounds
  • Twin gas assisted tailgate struts
  • 3 spoke leather covered steering wheel with satin chrome bezel
  • Chrome inner door handles
  • Interior tailgate handle
  • Luggage compartment cover
  • Rake/reach adjustable steering wheel
  • 12V electrical accessory socket in front, drivers and front passenger sunvisors + vanity mirrors
  • Light fabric headlining
  • Front centre adjustable armrest with 4 litre storage capacity
  • Storage tray in spare wheel well
  • Four load restraint lashing eyes
  • Two drinks holders in centre console

  • Illuminated load area
  • Welcome lighting
  • Central front and rear courtesy light, twin rear and front reading lights with illuminated switches
  • Ambient LED lighting

  • Sight and Light Pack - Insignia
  • Driver Assistance Pack 1 - Insignia

  • 6 Airbags - Driver and passengers front airbag, two front side impact airbag, full size curtain airbags for driver
  • Front and outer rear seatbelt force limiters
  • Front seatbelt unfastened audible warning and warning light
  • Deactivation switch for front passenger front and side impact airbags
  • Two front and three point rear inertia reel lap and diagonal seatbelts
  • Child locks on rear doors
  • Front and rear outer seat belt pre-tensioners
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Active bonnet
  • Rollover mitigation

  • Driver seat cushion extension
  • Height adjustable 3 rear head restraints
  • Driver's ergonomic active seat - AGR certified
  • 4 way driver/front passenger adjustable head restraints
  • Storage pockets on front seat backs
  • 8 way eletrical adjustable drivers seat with height, reach,till and backrest
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • 4 way manually adjustable passenger seat with height, reach,till and backrest
  • ISOFIX child seat mountings incorporating top tether anchor points located on outer rear seats
  • 4 way electrically adjustable lumbar support for drivers seat

  • 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
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Freewheeling door locks
  • Engine deadlock immobiliser
  • Electronically protected audio equipment

  • Illuminated vanity mirrors

  • 17" silver five twin spoke alloy wheels

  • CO2 (g/km): 100
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 121
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 145
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 121
  • HC: N

  • CC: 1496
  • Cylinders: 3
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 12
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 60.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 61.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 51.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 4.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 4.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 5.5

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 17E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 20000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: 100000
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: 72
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 93
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 85
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 78
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 69
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 122
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.5
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Coin Series: SRi Nav
  • Coin Description: Turbo D
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000

  • Engine Power - BHP: 122
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): True
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 10.7
  • Top Speed: 127
  • Engine Power - KW: 90
  • Engine Power - RPM: 3500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 221
  • Engine Torque - NM: 300
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 30.6

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Wheel Style: 5 TWIN SPOKE
  • Tyre Size Rear: 215/55 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 215/55 R17
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Wheelbase: 2829
  • Length: 4897
  • Width: 1863
  • Width (including mirrors): 2093
  • Height: 1455
  • Height (including roof rails): N

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 590
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1450
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.15
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1505
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1500
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 62

  • Intermittent rear window wash/wipe: £0

  • E-call: £490

  • Two coat metallic paint: Included
  • Brilliant paint: £360
  • Two coat premium paint: £710
  • Additional two coat metallic paint: £600

  • Two coat metallic - Carbon brown: £0
  • Additional two coat metallic - Mineral black: £600
  • Additional two coat metallic - Navy blue: £600
  • Additional two coat metallic - Satin steel grey: £600
  • Additional two coat metallic - Sovereign silver: £600

  • Premium two coat - Hot red: £710
  • Brilliant Paint - Summit white: £360

  • Monita marvel cloth - black: £0

  • 16" steel spare wheel: £160
  • Emergency tyre inflation kit: Included

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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