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Vauxhall Insignia review action

The updated Insignia has a lower, wider look – and form meets function with class leading aerodynamics

Vauxhall Insignia Elite Nav 2.0 CDTi 140PS ecoFLEX Start/Stop

What is it ?

Vauxhall’s updated version of its Insignia hatchback.

Vauxhall has subtly sharpened the looks, giving the new Insignia a wider, lower emphasis visually stretching the appearance with a wider grille.

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Vauxhall engineers have changed 60% of the suspension components to improve the ride and comfort of the new Insignia.

At the back the rear spoiler has been integrated into the bootlid to help smooth the aerodynamics to a class leading cd of 0.25 (0.28 for the Sports Tourer).

But the real story is under the bonnet where Vauxhall’s engineers have refined the efficiency of the 2.0 CDTi diesel engine to produce just 99g/km of CO2 – quite simply the lowest in the class.

There are two power outputs available with this 99g/km CO2 emission standard – 120PS and a 140PS. 

The engine of our new Vauxhall Insignia review car was fitted with the higher power 140PS unit with 350Nm of torque.

With the 99g/km engine, the new Vauxhall Insignia slots into the 14% company car tax band for the 2013/14 tax year – the sort of tax territory usually occupied by efficient diesel hatchbacks in the Astra/Focus/Golf class.

Vauxhall Insignia review rear action

140PS and a tax beating 99g/km don’t normally mix, but Vauxhall has pulled it off with the new Insignia

Also available is a 2.0 CTDi engine with 163PS (114g/km), while also in the range is a new 1.6 petrol turbo engine – Vauxhall calls it the 1.6-litre SIDI (Spark Ignition Direct Injection) producing 170PS/280Nm, with CO2 emissions of 139g/km (19% company car tax band).

Added to these efficiency gains are efficiency gains in the price: Vauxhall has dropped the cost of the new Insignia by some £3000, so that company car drivers get the double benefit of lower CO2 emissions and a lower P11D price.

James Taylor, Vauxhall’s fleet sales director reckons: “Against key rivals such as the Ford Mondeo and the VW Passat, company car drivers can save over £1000 in company car tax as well as getting more standard equipment and better fuel economy.”

It seems a winning combination for business drivers.

Is it?

Our new Vauxhall Insignia review car is the top end Elite model fitted with satellite navigation.

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