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Vauxhall Insignia 2.0 CDTi 170 Tech Line review

What is it?

The latest version of Vauxhall’s fleet and family favourite – the Insignia, fitted with the all-new 2.0-litre CDTI ‘Whisper’ diesel with 168bhp, it replaces the old 163bhp version. So why the change? Well, while the old engine may have been frugal, smooth and refined it was not. With the ‘Whisper’ reference, this engine is designed to change that.

What’s hot?

  • The new 2.0-litre turbo-diesel has more power and compared to the old engine is noticeably smoother and refined – right from start up. However it also has 14% more torque, making this engine feel more sprightly from right down the rev-range and finally it now meets stricter Euro 6 emissions regulations. This engine is well-matched to the light, slick-shifting five-speed manual transmission here too.
  • The ‘Whisper’ diesel in the Insignia should prove cost-effective to run too, with a 65.7mpg combined consumption figure and just 114g/km emissions, meaning this Vauxhall falls into tax band B, resulting in just £20 a year in VED.
  • New engine or not, the Insignia remains as good to drive as it has ever been. The steering is pleasingly sharp and responsive, the handling is secure and roll free and as an added plus, when you’re pounding the motorways of the UK, the ride even on the optional 18-inch alloys is comfortable and refined.
  • The reason why it seems that every other car on UK roads is a Vauxhall Insignia is that our former SME Company Car of The Year makes such a sensible case as an SME Company car. With CO2 emissions of 114g/km, plus a combined fuel consumption figure of 65.7mpg, this Vauxhall falls into the 20% company car tax band for 2015/2016.
  • The launch of a new Mondeo and Passat this year means the Vauxhall’s styling isn’t looking quite as fresh as it once did, but it’s still sharp and stylish.
  • Inside, there’s plenty of space, although the curvy roofline eats into rear headroom for taller passengers and there’s a big practical boot too.
  • Some of the plastics feel a bit cheap, but in general the Insignia feels durable and well made.

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