Showcasing magnificent design and cutting-edge technology, the new Vauxhall Insignia is the latest executive saloon to join the Vauxhall range. Discover the fine qualities here as Evans Halshaw reviews the all-new Vauxhall Insignia.
The Vauxhall Insignia has had a number of face-lifts since it replaced the Vectra in 2008. None of these has been as radical as the latest release. More than just a facelift, it is a completely new car with a new shape, new design and completely new feel. With sleeker lines, the New Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport is a rare premium offering in a mid-range market.
The front-end sits lower, featuring the new Imperial front-grille design, with flared ‘V’ shape. The cat-eye, ‘winged-eye-liner’ look to the headlights has been replaced by a more aggressive-looking bold stare, accentuated by the LED matrix headlights. Chamfering to side panels is reversed in direction from the previous model with a ‘sweepspear’ adding a gutsy adrenaline to the design and creating a more aerodynamic line for airflow. This deep crease starts low just above the sill on the front passenger door and continues along the length of the car, finishing up with a sweep upwards along the rear passenger door level with the wheel arch.
The New Insignia is available in seven different trim levels: Design, Design Nav, SRi, SRi Nav, Vx-Line Nav, Tech Line Nav and Elite Nav. There is a New Insignia to match any budget. Cruise control is supplied as standard, as are heated door mirrors.
Inside the cabin, your safety is assured. Plush upholstery gives an upmarket feel to the interior. The 7-inch touch screen acts as an interface between you and the onboard technology including ApplePlay and AndroidAuto. Vauxhall OnStar is available to track your movements and contact emergency services automatically should you be involved in a collision. The 490-litre boot is smaller than earlier models but remains cavernous and practical for an average family.
Engine options extend from the entry-level 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine with 138bhp to a 2.0-litre turbo petrol which boasts a magnificent 256bhp. Diesel engine options are also available. All models come supplied with intelligent all-wheel drive with torque-vectoring to provide maximum grip on corners and variable road conditions.
The development of this model has also given rise to the introduction of a new performance model, the Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport GSi, sees the reintroduction of the famous GSi badge, replacing the existing Insignia VXR.