Vauxhall Insignia review

Category: Executive car

Section: Costs & verdict

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RRP £24,130What Car? Target Price from£22,162
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

If there’s one thing the Vauxhall Insignia definitely has going for it, it’s cost. The range starts at a similar price to many smaller family hatchbacks, even before discounts. The 2.0 Turbo D looks good value compared to its Skoda Superb equivalent, although the price jump from the 1.5 is pretty hefty. On the other hand, the petrol models are on the pricey side because they’re only available with the high trim levels. That pushes the cost in the direction of premium rivals, including the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series.

CO2 emissions for the diesels are certainly competitive, especially if you opt for a manual gearbox. That makes them the most suitable models for company car drivers, especially as the 2.0-litre diesel is just as efficient as the 1.5. It’s a shame that unlike many rivals (including the Superb) the Insignia doesn’t offer a super-low emissions plug-in hybrid variant. If you’re looking to kick the diesel habit, the unfortunate news is that both petrol engines are in the 37% tax bracket.

Fuel economy should be decent for the diesel variants – certainly better than the petrol. Neither beats 40mpg in official tests, although our experience in the real world suggests that you will at least get close to those figures. Opt for a diesel and well over 40mpg is possible. Residual values are not stunning, but they’re by no means the worst in the class.

Equipment, options and extras

The entry-level SE Nav Vauxhall Insignia is reasonably well equipped. You get 17in alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, cruise control and the infotainment system described earlier. SRi Nav is worth considering for its more flexible rear seats and because it offers the option of the 2.0 Turbo D engine.

SRi VX-Line Nav gains leather seats, a wireless phone charger, keyless entry, sportier styling, big 20in wheels and the option of the 197bhp 2.0 Turbo, but if you’re spending that much we’d look at Ultimate Nav, which swaps the styling tweaks for yet more equipment. GSi, on the other hand, is far too pricey to recommend.

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Reliability

The Insignia didn’t perform particularly well in the What Car? Reliability Survey, coming one from bottom in the executive car class, with only the Mercedes C-Class performing worse. Vauxhall as a brand didn’t do much better, coming joint 27th place with Nissan out of 31 manufacturers.

Like all Vauxhalls, the Insignia comes with a three-year or 60,000-mile warranty, plus a year’s worth of roadside assistance. That matches the cover provided by the majority of other manufacturers, but can’t beat the five-year warranties Hyundai and Toyota offer, or Kia’s seven-year package.

Safety and security

 

Euro NCAP gave the Vauxhall Insignia a five-star safety rating, with the results showing that it’s a little better than the Skoda Superb at protecting against injury, but not as good as the BMW 3 Series.

All trims get automatic emergency braking (AEB) and lane departure warning with lane keep assist. An improved AEB system, blindspot warning and a rear cross traffic alert system are all optional on Ultimate Nav and GSi trims.

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Overview

The Vauxhall Insignia doesn’t excel in any particular area, but stick to the lower trim levels and it’s not a lot of money compared to other executive cars. Avoid the petrol models and it should prove cheap to run, although there’s no tax-busting plug-in hybrid model. Just remember that rivals are better to drive and even more practical.

  • Low purchase price of entry-level trims
  • Competitive benefit-in-kind payments
  • Reasonably well equipped
  • Poor rear head room
  • Too much road noise
  • Boot not as big as some rivals

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