Since its introduction at the British International Motor Show in 2008, the Vauxhall Insignia has taken the business market by storm, scooping more than 40 awards along the way and constantly outselling its greatest rival, the Ford Mondeo.
And the latest model really ups the ante with extra styling, improved technology, impressive efficiency and a reduction in running costs along with a lower price-tag.
It features a bold new chiselled design which emphasises the car's wider and lower looking stance. It looks much more athletic and the improved aerodynamics result in better driving dynamics and increased fuel economy.
Available as a hatchback, saloon or estate, the entry-level Insignia costs £16,279 and prices rise to £29,329 for the adrenaline-pumping VXR Supersport. This will be the UK's fastest car for less than £30k.
Vauxhall has simplified the choice of trim levels by reducing the options from 14 to eight and even the very basic models are feature-rich with on-board technology as standard.
The Insignia is available in both petrol or diesel versions and four new engines have been added to the line-up including a 2.0-litre CDTi diesel delivering 120ps or 140ps. These engines have carbon emissions of just 99g/km and fuel efficiency of 76.3mpg.
Those stats will mean tax savings galore for business drivers which is vital to Vauxhall as 85 per cent of its Insignia sales are from the business sector.Performance
We tested the Vauxhall Insignia saloon with the 2.0-litre CDTi ecoFLEX engine delivering 140ps. It was in top-of-the-range Elite Nav trim priced at £24,029. This is the model Vauxhall claims can achieve 76.3mpg on a combined run and has emissions of 99g/km. It can reach 62mph from a standing start in 10.5 seconds and has a top speed of 127mph.
Many cars that boast such impressive efficiency are a let down on the performance front but that is not the case with the Insignia. Admittedly, it's not the fastest out of the starting blocks, but the acceleration is good enough.
And on the German autobahns where speed cameras are not an issue, the Insignia certainly coped well when pushed hard. It is worth taking into consideration that most miles clocked up on the Insignia will be on UK motorways and this is where it excels.
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