Vauxhall Insignia Road Test (2013)

Vauxhall Insignia (Interior View) (2013)
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Vauxhall Insignia Review

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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.

Infotainment

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.”

Rivals
  • Ford Mondeo
  • Volkswagen Passat
  • Toyota Avensis
  • Mazda6
  • Skoda Superb
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
Conclusion

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 Maxine Ashford
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Vauxhall Insignia Road Test Data
Model ReviewedVauxhall Insigna 2.0-litre CDTi ecoFLEX 140PS Elite Nav
  
Body Type4-door Saloon
ColourWhite
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph10.5 Seconds
Top Speed 127 mph
  
Transmission6-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban61.4 mpg
Extra Urban85.6 mpg
Combined76.3 mpg
  
Insurance Group19
Euro NCAP Rating5-Star
WarrantyLifetime / 100,000 Miles - First Owner
Price (when tested on the 02/10/13)£24,029

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