Executives might be top earners, but that doesn’t mean they have money to burn. So why is it that some manufacturers cheekily ask £5,000 for extras such as satellite navigation and alloy wheels on their options list? For those who want to experience the joy of specs but don’t like being taken for a ride, Vauxhall has the perfect answer - the Signum Exclusiv. This stylish new model has the sort of standard features which would make any driver drool, including 18-inch alloy wheels and colour satellite navigation and yet prices start at just £17,995 - that’s £650 less than the current entry-level Signum.
Vauxhall hasn’t scrimped in other areas either. In addition to the six airbags, innovative FlexSpace seating, cruise control and air-con which is standard equipment on all Signums, the Exclusiv also features front fog lights, silver roof rails and unique interior trim.
If that’s not enough, then there are still a few items on the Exclusiv’s options list. But rather than taking the opportunity to fleece buyers, Vauxhall’s extras are pleasingly good value: upgrading to super-stylish 19-inch alloys costs a mere £200, for example.
Company car drivers will find that it’s not just the Exclusiv’s low list price which will make the tax man sulk. Engine options include the new highly acclaimed 1.9CDTi common rail turbo diesel engines which comply with EuroIV emission laws, so avoiding the three per cent Benefit-in-Kind tax penalty. This, combined with the engine’s efficiency, means the Signum driver can save £747 a year compared to some competitors while returning up to 56.5mpg. To save even more time and money, the sat-nav system features the latest TMC technology which automatically receives traffic reports and will reroute to avoid hold-ups and keep you out of the hold-ups.
And you’ll want to keep moving to enjoy the Exclusiv’s standard sports suspension, which makes this special Signum as exciting to drive as it is to look at. For style-conscious executives who demand extra but don’t want the bills, the Exclusiv is the only option.
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