Vauxhall Insignia review

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Vauxhall Insignia
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9 Nov 2015 16:54 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 10:05

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The Vauxhall Insignia is a large family car and a direct rival for the Ford Mondeo. Indeed, for many years, your choice of vehicle in this market really came down to these two brands – but no more. Previously left-field alternatives from the French or Japanese have been swept aside by premium brands such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes, who have all started offering more affordable models that are a little smaller than the Insignia, but also a lot better finished and more refined.

Refinement is the Insignia’s weakest spot, in fact, so while the diesel engines are punchy enough, you get too much noise and vibration transmitted through to the cabin.

Vauxhall’s trump card remains price. The Insignia’s complex model line-up is designed to offer good value to private buyers, finance choosers and company car users. You get a decent amount of kit on every edition – even the entry-level versions – and while they’re noisy, the diesel engines are extremely efficient. However, the Insignia can’t quite match the plush cabins, engine refinement or out-and-out practicality of its wide range of rivals.

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There are 14 trims available for the Insignia hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
Design
This is the entry point to the Insignia range, but you wouldn’t guess it from the standard equipment list. You get 16in alloy wheels, DAB radio and Bluetooth, USB and aux-in connectivity, single-zo...View trim
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Design Nav
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SRI
SRi is more sport-focused than Design trim, so you get 17in alloy wheels, lower and stiffer suspension, a sports driver’s seat, as well as electric rear windows, front foglights and twin exhaust pi...View trim
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SRI
SRi is more sport-focused than Design trim, so you get 17in alloy wheels, lower and stiffer suspension, a sports driver’s seat, as well as electric rear windows, front foglights and twin exhaust pi...View trim
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SRi Nav
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SRI Vx-line
Another style-focused trim level, SRi VX-Line includes everything from Design and SRi but adds 19in alloy wheels and a bodykit, plus a different design of steering wheel. We’d give it a miss, given...View trim
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Tech Line
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Elite
Elite is the luxury-focused trim level of the Insignia, and it comes piled with standard equipment. You get dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, front and rear parking sensors, heated fro...View trim
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SRI Vx-line
Another style-focused trim level, SRi VX-Line includes everything from Design and SRi but adds 19in alloy wheels and a bodykit, plus a different design of steering wheel. We’d give it a miss, given...View trim
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