Sorry, Vauxhall, but unlike the old Carlton GSi 3000, we don’t sense you have a hit on your hands. Perhaps the petrol GSi with 256bhp will provide the zest required, but this diesel feels no sprightlier than a regular Insignia.
And the reason why a regular Insignia makes sense is that it’s well equipped and cheap; the GSi gets the first bit right, but £35k? That’s simply too much money, and to make matters worse, this diesel returns official average fuel economy of just 39.8mpg and pumps out 187g/km of CO2, so it’s hardly going to be cheap to run.
What should you buy instead? Well, you could go for the regular Insignia Sports Tourer, if affordable motoring is all you want. However, the excellent Skoda Superb Estate is better to drive, even roomier and similarly excellent value. And if it’s a bit of poke you’re after, save yourself £5k and buy a Volkswagen Golf GTD Estate, or spend similar money to the GSi and get the seriously rapid Golf R Estate instead.
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2018 Vauxhall Insignia 2.0 210 GSi 4x4 Sports Tourer
Price £34,475 Engine 4cyl, 1956cc, diesel Power 207bhp at 4000rpm Torque 354lb ft at 1500rpm Gearbox 8-spd automatic 0-60mph 7.4sec Top speed 144mph Official economy 39.8mpg CO2, tax band 187g/km, 37%
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