Vauxhall Insignia review

The Vauxhall Insignia is back! But, what gives this model its staying power and how have Vauxhall mixed things up with this latest edition?

Exterior

The Vauxhall Insignia’s ground-breaking design oozes elegance and class. It’s sleek and stylish body has a dynamic look, thanks largely to the lowered front grille and brand bar, which gives the whole car a more powerful stance.

Its aerodynamic frame isn’t just for show though; it enables the ecoFlex iterations to achieve some of the best air-drag coefficients on the market, helping you save on running costs and turn heads wherever you go.

The Vauxhall Insignia also has low-mounted fog lights and ‘eagle eye’ headlamps with LED daytime running lights as standard in every model, while high-gloss chrome elements used across the body work and cabin give the car a sophisticated feel.

Each variant of this five-door hatchback boasts a distinctive set of alloy wheels, from which you can select your favourite. You can even opt for the beefed up 20-inch wheels if you want a more definitive look.

With so many personalisation options on the table, you can truly make your new Vauxhall Insignia your own.

Interior

The striking exterior is echoed throughout the Vauxhall Insignia’s cabin. You can opt for one of a range of trims, including the Design, Tech Line, Sat Nav and Elite variations.

This Insignia doesn’t just rely on its looks though; it feels good too. Comfort exceeds expectations thanks to carefully tailored facia trims and high-spec upholstery. You can even adjust the front seats to suit your posture by fine-tuning the lumbar support and extending the seat cushion. This provides outstanding upper-body and leg support, making long-distance cruising comfortable and enjoyable rather than arduous and cramped.

You’ll have plenty of room to stash your stuff too; the Vauxhall Insignia has a number of places to keep your possessions. The boot gives you a hefty 530 litres of space without even needing to put the seats down. Other nifty cubby holes are scattered throughout the cabin so that each passenger has somewhere to store their valuables while on the road.

The Vauxhall Insignia is full to the brim with tech options. Vauxhall’s IntelliLink system can play back video and audio using Bluetooth, receive hands free calls and play your favourite radio stations via the Bose sound system, which comes complete with eight built-in speakers.

The standard Vauxhall Insignia includes:

• DAB radio
• Bluetooth
• Cruise control
• CD/MP3 player
• Aux-in
• USB connectivity

The Vauxhall Insignia also makes use of OnStar (a platform that allows in-car access to tech and mechanical advisors 24/7, as well as emergency assistance) 4G in-car Wi-Fi hotspot and a bunch of other exciting extras. The versatility of this car’s infotainment system means it can easily be used for both business and recreational purposes.

On the road

One thing the Vauxhall Insignia is known for is low emissions. This powerful car’s CO2 emission rate starts from 99g/km, enabling it to qualify for the 19% ‘Benefit-in-Kind’ tax band.

The 1.6 CDTI ‘Whisper’ Diesel engine was designed with both powerful performance and outstanding efficiency in mind, and has been touted as the cleanest-ever mid-sized diesel engine. Your drive will be even kinder to the environment if you opt for the EcoFlex model, while the 1.4-litre petrol option is one of the new generation of super-clean and efficient petrol units. Whichever one you pick, you’ll be helping the environment and reducing your running costs in the process.

The Vauxhall Insignia is also available with optional FlexRide control; a fully adaptable chassis-control system that adapts to your driving environment. You can choose from three modes to make the most of your driving experience; Sport, Tour and Normal.

The Vauxhall Insignia has a whole host of gadgets to help you on your way, including:

• Adaptive forward lighting
• Front mounted camera
• Rain sensor
• Advanced park assist
• Adaptive cruise control

When driving the new Vauxhall Insignia, you feel safe, in control and experience a high level of comfort, even on the longest of drives.

Our verdict

With a starting price of £17,439, the Vauxhall Insignia is a vehicle that offers great value – especially when you consider all the gadgets that come with it.

The stylish look and high-spec cabin lends itself to use as a company car, helping you impress clients whenever you take it out for a spin. The oodles of space and comprehensive safety systems also make this an ideal choice for families.

If you’re interested in the Vauxhall Insignia, or any of our other new cars, contact your local Perrys dealer today.