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Vauxhall Insignia

The independent definitive Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport video review
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    GRAND DESIGNS (some text hidden)

    By Jonathan Crouch

    The second generation version of Vauxhall's Insignia gets a useful update in this facelifted guise. Jonathan Crouch looks at what's on offer.

    Ten Second Reviewword count: 70

    The second generation version of Vauxhall's Insignia has been usefully updated, now offered only in five-door hatch form and featuring a heavily revised engine range, plus smarter looks, a classier cabin and some hi-tech features. If, like many business buyers, you're browsing in the £25,000 to £35,000 bracket selecting a medium range Mondeo segment model or a mid-sized executive contender, it's a contender that you really can't afford to overlook.

    Backgroundword count: 122

    If you perceive Vauxhall's Insignia as a middle management mainstream company car, then the brand reckons it's time you had a re-think. The second generation version of this model launched in 2017 was a decent step forward and now, that design has been lightly updated, primarily with a thoroughly revised range of engines. Continuing attributes include a spacious cabin, plus there's an optional slick-shifting 8-speed auto gearbox and a clever 4WD system at the top of the range. Think of a feature you can get in a pricey compact German premium brand - LED matrix lighting, Lane Keep Assist, Head-up Display, cutting-edge media connectivity. All of it's on offer here, plus use of Vauxhall's brilliant OnStar concierge system. It's a strong package.

    Driving Experienceword count: 296

    On the move, this Insignia feels like the bigger car it's now become, the suspension floating you over broken surfaces that would have troubled and impeded previous generation models. The engine range for this revised design features three and four-cylinder units, beginning with two three cylinder powerplants, a 1.4-litre (145PS) petrol engine and a 1.5-litre (122PS) diesel. The three-cylinder engines are up to 50kg lighter than their predecessors in the outgoing version of this car. There's also a 174PS 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel. All these three engines can of course be ordered with auto transmission (a CVT belt-driven set-up for the 1.4-litre petrol and a conventional torque converter 8-speeder for the two diesels). You have to have an auto gearbox (a new 9-speeder) if you go for the 2.0-litre petrol engines: there are two, offering either 200PS and 230PS, the latter unit reserved for the Nurburgring-tuned Gsi sporting model which gets AWD and a state-of-the-art rear torque vectoring system for greater cornering traction and sharper turn-in. Those handling aids might be nice to have, but they're not really relevant for typical buyers of this model, so we'll finish by summarising the key things you need to know. This Insignia now easily matches class-leading Passat and Mondeo models in terms of drive dynamics and, more importantly for likely customers, it's just as refined at cruising speeds as those two rivals. Plus features like the optional 'Intellilux' matrix headlamps and a range of camera-driven safety systems mean that there's pretty much all the sophistication you'd get from a German premium brand model in this segment too. As a result, you'd not only like one of these but you might even conceivably want one. For Vauxhall in this part of the market, that has to represent a big step forward.

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    Statistics (subset of data only)

    Min

    Max

    0-62 mph (s):

    10.5

    Combined mpg:

    60

    CO2 (g/km):

    130

    Max Speed (mph):

    127

    Price:

    23120

    38850

    Scoring (subset of scores)

    Category: Spacious Family Cars

    Performance
    70%
    Handling
    80%
    Comfort
    80%
    Space
    80%
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