Smartphone features and functions can easily be integrated into the vehicle...
Comfort and Refinement
Interior comfort is pretty good for a car of the Insignia’s size, but taller rear seat passengers may find the head-room a little restrictive due to the sloping roof design.
Up front, the electrically-adjustable driver’s seat makes finding the perfect position easier and there are dozens of built-in techno treats to improve the quality of each journey.
The soft-touch dashboard, quality leather upholstery and flashes of chrome trimmings throughout the cabin all add to the car’s elegant styling.
Improved fabrics and leathers have been introduced plus newly styled instrument clusters that are clearer to operate and digest.
On the down side, there is still a little more road noise than we would like when weaving through country lanes, but the new generation Vauxhall Insignia is certainly more refined than the outgoing model.
Safety and Security
Insignia drivers expect to clock up thousands of uninterrupted miles and demand top notch safety specifications and this model lives up to those requirements. As well as numerous airbags and the more recognisable safety functions such as anti-lock brakes, emergency brake assist, traction control, electronic stability programme and hill-start assist (on manual models); the Insignia has a whole host of other top notch systems in place.
These include adaptive cruise control which utilises radar to keep vehicles a safe distance apart, blind spot monitoring, lane departure alerts, automatic parking and innovative adaptive front lighting which optimises the beams.
The previous generation Vauxhall Insignia had a bad reputation when it came to over complicating its infotainment system. But that issue has certainly been addressed with the new model which features state-of-the-art technology to keep occupants connected whilst on the move.
There is a new-look centre console and the introduction of Vauxhall’s IntelliLink system which was first seen on the ADAM.
Smartphone features and functions can easily be integrated into the vehicle and are operated by voice recognition, steering wheel mounted controls, a colour touchscreen or via a new touchpad that even has a zoom feature.
To be honest, this impressive array of technology would usually be found on a premium brand model such as an Audi, BMW or Mercedes-Benz.
Having first class technology and keeping it user-friendly is quite a challenge, but it is something that Vauxhall has embraced as Marcus Lott, the Insignia’s chief engineer explained: “It brings a high level of smart phone connectivity to the industry. It minimises distraction but maximises connectivity and ease of use.”
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What We Liked
- The 2.0-litre CDTi diesel engine with its low emissions and excellent fuel efficiency
- Improved ride and handling
- Lower price-tag and reduced insurance costs
- Excellent infotainment system
- Clear and precise read outs
- Generous boot space and other handy compartments throughout
- Plenty of leg room in the back
- Great safety features
- Ample engine, transmission and trim variations
- A sportier, more athletic stance
- Lifetime/100,000 mile warranty
What We Disliked
- The engine was quite noisy at times
- The headroom in the rear is a little restricting
- The handling was far superior on faster roads than in busy cities
What We Would Like To See
- Less engine noise
- A little more razzamatazz – introduce some of the ADAM’s bubbly characteristics
Vauxhall managing director and chairman Duncan Aldred recently made it very clear that he wants to see the brand as the top-seller in the UK by 2016. And the new Insignia will certainly help the company on its way to achieving that target.
It’s fresh, economical, stylish and a very attractive offer to the business market.2 October 2013
Vauxhall Insignia Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Vauxhall Insigna 2.0-litre CDTi ecoFLEX 140PS Elite Nav|
|Body Type||4-door Saloon|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||10.5 Seconds|
|Top Speed||127 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||85.6 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||5-Star|
|Warranty||Lifetime / 100,000 Miles - First Owner|
|Price (when tested on the 02/10/13)||£24,029|