Feature includes Satellite navigation system with colour, 8.0 inch display, touch screen, 3D and voice and traffic information, Audio system with touch screen, radio receives AM/FM, digital and RDS colour screen, Front and rear radar-type parking distance sensors, Reverse Camera, 8.0 inch touch screen entertainment display located at the front, Bluetooth includes phone connection and music streaming, Automatic smart card/key includes keyless start, Automatic air conditioning with two climate control zones, Connections for USB, Voice activating system includes audio player, includes phone and includes navigation system and plenty more desirable essentials.
Diesel 54.3 combined MPG
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CO2: 136 g/km
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Feature includes Audio system with touch screen, radio receives AM/FM, digital and RDS colour screen, Satellite navigation system with colour, 8.0 inch display, touch screen, 3D and voice and traffic information, Front and rear radar-type parking distance sensors, Bluetooth includes phone connection and music streaming, Automatic air conditioning with two climate control zones and plenty more desirable essentials.
|Badge Engine CC:||2.0|
|Based On ID:||N|
|Coin Description:||Turbo D|
|Coin Series:||SRi Vx-line Nav|
|Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07:||21E|
|NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %:||93|
|NCAP Child Occupant Protection %:||85|
|NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09:||5|
|NCAP Pedestrian Protection %:||78|
|NCAP Safety Assist %:||69|
|Service Interval Frequency - Months:||12|
|Service Interval Mileage:||20000|
|Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage:||60000|
|Standard manufacturers warranty - Years:||3|
|Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months:||72|
|Timing Belt Interval Mileage:||100000|
|Vehicle Homologation Class:||M1|
|Standard Euro Emissions:||EURO 6|
|Cylinders - Bore (mm):||83|
|Cylinders - Stroke (mm):||90|
|Engine Layout:||FRONT TRANSVERSE|
|Fuel Delivery:||COMMON RAIL|
|Number of Valves:||16|
|EC Combined (mpg):||53.3|
|EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies:||True|
|EC Extra Urban (mpg):||61.4|
|EC Urban (mpg):||42.8|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max:||6|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min:||5.6|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max:||5.9|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min:||5.5|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max:||5.1|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min:||4.7|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max:||8|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min:||7.6|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max:||6.2|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min:||5.7|
|WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max:||47.1|
|WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min:||50.4|
|WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max:||47.9|
|WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min:||51.4|
|WLTP - MPG - High - Max:||55.4|
|WLTP - MPG - High - Min:||60.1|
|WLTP - MPG - Low - Max:||35.3|
|WLTP - MPG - Low - Min:||37.2|
|WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max:||45.6|
|WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min:||49.6|
|0 to 60 mph (secs):||True|
|0 to 62 mph (secs):||8.2|
|Engine Power - BHP:||170|
|Engine Power - KW:||125|
|Engine Power - PS:||True|
|Engine Power - RPM:||3750|
|Engine Torque - LBS.FT:||295|
|Engine Torque - MKG:||40.8|
|Engine Torque - NM:||400|
|Engine Torque - RPM:||1750|
|Emissions Test Cycle:||NEDC Correlated|
|Tyre Size Front:||245/45 R18|
|Tyre Size Rear:||245/45 R18|
|Tyre Size Spare:||TYRE REPAIR KIT|
|Wheel Style:||5 SPOKE|
|Wheel Type:||18" ALLOY|
|Height (including roof rails):||N|
|Width (including mirrors):||2093|
|Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres):||62|
|Gross Vehicle Weight:||2185|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Down):||1450|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Up):||490|
|Max. Towing Weight - Braked:||1950|
|Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked:||750|
|No. of Seats:||5|
|Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb:||11.15|
Vauxhall's Insignia has taken a step up-market in MK2 model Grand Sport guise. Jonathan Crouch looks at what's on offer.
The second generation version of Vauxhall's Insignia gains 'Grand Sport' badging in five-door hatch form, along with smart looks, a classy cabin, hi-tech features and an efficient engine range. If, like many business buyers, you're browsing in the £20,000 to £35,000 bracket selecting a medium range Mondeo segment model or a mid-sized executive contender, it's a contender that you really can't afford to overlook.
If you perceive Vauxhall's Insignia as a middle management mainstream company car, then the brand reckons it's time you had a re-think. The second generation version of this model features sleek looks and a 'Grand Sport' name for the five-door hatch bodystyle. It's much lighter and more sophisticated than its predecessor, with a more spacious cabin, plus there's an optional slick-shifting 8-speed auto gearbox and a clever 4WD system at the top of the range. Think of a feature you can get in a pricey compact German premium brand - LED matrix lighting, Lane Keep Assist, Head-up Display, cutting-edge media connectivity. All of it's on offer here, plus use of Vauxhall's brilliant OnStar concierge system. It's a strong package.
On the move, this Insignia feels like the bigger car it's now become, the suspension floating you over broken surfaces that would have troubled and impeded the previous model. Importantly, this second generation model is 175kg lighter than its predecessor and that really shows when cornering at speed, where there's less body roll than before and generally, a much higher level of agility. As for engines, well most buyers will continue to want a diesel, with the majority of sales likely to go to the 1.6-litre Turbo D unit we tried, offered with either 110 or 136PS. If you trade up to the 170PS 2.0-litre diesel, efficiency drops off markedly, though there's the compensation of 400Nm of pulling power, a figure that will be improved further if you go for the 210PS biturbo variant. Engine-wise, you'll find much more that's really different if you turn your attention to petrol power, with all three units on offer being pretty new. Small capacity turbocharged engines that use unleaded are very much in vogue at present and the 1.5-litre unit supplied here should suit that trend, offered with either 140 or 165PS. There's also a 200PS 1.6-litre Direct Injection turbo petrol unit. Key Insignia features include a super-slick 8-speed auto gearbox. And the top 210PS diesel variant comes with a sophisticated intelligent all-wheel drive system that uses a state-of-the-art rear torque vectoring system for greater cornering traction and sharper turn-in.
Vauxhall reckons that this Insignia Grand Sport has 'the aura of a car from the premium, upper class'; you decide. It certainly looks a great deal smarter than its predecessor. It comes only in hatch form, but as an alternative, there's the option of a 'Sports Tourer' estate. The prominent grille and slim-line headlamps enhance the wide horizontal design of the front end and provide it with a bold appearance. The grille sits lower than on the outgoing model and further emphasises its solid stance. What Vauxhall calls a 'sweepspear' feature starts in the front door and gives the impression that this model is always ready to pounce, which is a nod to the athletic lightness of the Monza Concept car that inspired it. More importantly, under the skin, this design has shed up to 175kgs over its predecessor. Its roof is 29mm lower and its track has increased by 11mm. The overhangs have been reduced considerably and the wheelbase enlarged by 92mm. And the exemplary drag factor of 0.26 makes this car one of the most aerodynamic vehicles in its class. The cabin has also taken a step up-market. The driver sits lower and is surrounded by clean lines, pleasant surfaces and impressive build quality, a highlight being the frameless touchscreen of the improved IntelliLink infotainment system. The extended wheelbase gives passengers in the rear more space. There's a roomy 490-litre boot too.
Insignia buyers choose between this five-door Grand Sport hatch model or the Sports Tourer estate variant. There are seven trim levels available - 'Design', 'Design Nav', 'SRi', 'SRi Nav', 'SRi VX-line Nav', 'Tech Line Nav', 'Elite Nav' and 'GSi'. The asking figures start at around £20,000 and range to around £38,500, pricing that offers extremely strong competition to the German premium-badged compact executive models that Vauxhall would ideally like to target. There's plenty of clever equipment features that should interest that target market. The 'IntelliLux LED matrix light' for example, which illuminates with 32 LED segments and integrates in this Insignia's smarter, slimmer headlamps. Other driver assistance systems include a Head-up-Display, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Vauxhall is still one of the few manufacturers to offer seats certified the 'Campaign for Healthy Backs'. And, as for media connectivity, well, as you would expect, the IntelliLink infotainment system is compatible with the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Insignia Grand Sport buyers also get Vauxhall OnStar, the brand's the ground-breaking connectivity and service assistant. This offers services ranging from Automatic Crash Response to Stolen Vehicle Assistance. A new concierge service is available to Insignia Grand Sport customers, enabling passengers to ask OnStar advisors to select a hotel and proceed to room reservation. Furthermore, up to seven devices can be connected to the car's Wi-Fi Hotspot.
Around 85% of Insignia buyers go for a diesel - and you can see why. Up to 55.5mpg on the combined WLTP cycle is possible from the 1.6 CDTi unit most Grand Sport buyers will choose. As for residual values, well these will depend on whether the industry recognises this Grand Sport model's shift up-market. Even if it does, the depreciation levels won't match those of premium German rivals. But then, you'll be paying less up-front in the first place, so it's swings and roundabouts. The NEDC-rated CO2 figures are very competitive, the base 110PS 1.6-litre diesel capable of putting out as little as 121g/km. The volume 2.0-litre diesel manages 145g/km. The base 1.5-litre petrol variant manages 131g/km. The 1.6 petrol turbo manages up to 38.7mpg (WLTP combined) with NEDC-rated CO2 emissions of 154g/km. You'll also need to know that Vauxhall includes a three-year, 60,000 mile warranty as standard, a package that can be extended up to five years and 100,000 miles at extra cost. A year's free breakdown cover is also provided, along with a six-year anti-corrosion guarantee. Plus you can opt for a service plan that lets you pay monthly to spread the cost of regular work to your car. As part of this, Vauxhall offers discounts on wear and tear items, such as brake pads and windscreen wipers.
Can this second generation Insignia really appeal beyond the medium range Mondeo segment? Will business buyers used to signing up for yet another BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 or Mercedes C-Class really be minded to consider it? The Griffin brand hopes so. What we can tell you is that if this car carried a premium German badge, those customers would buy into it without question. The quality and technology is that good. But of course, it does bear a Vauxhall badge - which requires in turn a degree of open-mindedness on the part of potential buyers. That's asking a lot but it's difficult to see what else the brand could have done in pursuit of its objectives here. If you're buying in this sector and are amongst the few people untroubled by badge equity, you'll find plenty to like.
June Neary is impressed by Vauxhall's classy medium-range challenger, the Insignia Grand Sport
A Vauxhall Insignia isn't a car that I would ever have previously considered as a private purchase. This was a fleet rep mobile, something that I'd have been stuck with if I'd worked for a photocopying sales company. Getting away from that kind of image has to be something of a challenge but with this car in its latest Grand Sport form, I reckon that Vauxhall have managed it. To be honest, I was pretty shocked when this much improved Insignia rolled up on my driveway: it's now arguably the best looking of all the 'C'-sector Mondeo-sized cars - at least the volume brand ones. It also demonstrates just how far Vauxhall design has come in the last few years. First the ADAM lifestyle citycar. Then the swoopy Cascada convertible. Now this: all great-looking cars by anybody's standards.
So, it looks good, whether you order it in five-door Grand Sport form or in Sport Tourer estate or 'Country Tourer' estate guises. The five-door hatch version has a bowed roofline which drops dramatically towards the rear and, perhaps the Insignia's signature stylistic device, the "blade" feature that's cutaway behind the front wheelarches. In profile, you better appreciate the changes made to the size of this car, a 55mm increase in length enough to take this Vauxhall from being one of the smaller offerings in the D-segment to being the very largest car of this kind you can now choose. The biggest change existing Insignia customers will see when they sit in the car is a completely re-designed centre console and instrument cluster. The centre console has been simplified and now has fewer buttons for more intuitive operation of common functions, such as air conditioning and infotainment, while the instrument cluster has new dials and a cleaner look. Vauxhall has worked at improving the perceived materials quality and offers better grades of leather and cloth as well as enhancing the look and feel of dashboard materials and door trims. Still, I've tried plenty of cars that were good-looking inside and out but fell down majorly when it came to practicality. This one though, should suit most family buyers, even though luggage space has fallen a little over the previous model - to 490-litres in the five-door Grand Sport version I tried, with the cargo area extendable to 1,450-litres by flattening the split-folding seats. In the Sport Tourer estate, that total rises to 1,665-litres.
Motoring journalists might tell you that this car isn't quite as sharp as a Ford Mondeo but most actual owners probably won't notice a difference which is pretty slight anyway and primarily centers on a slightly vague steering response. Anyway, the Insignia holds an advantage when it comes to the more important issue of ride comfort and there are all manner of hi-tech handling solutions to counter Ford's justified hold on budding Lewis Hamiltons. As for engines, well most buyers will continue to want a diesel, with the majority of sales likely to go to the 1.6-litre Turbo D unit I tried, offered with either 110 or 136PS. It was the pokier variant that I tried, a car capable of 65.7mpg on the combined cycle and 114g/km of CO2. If you trade up to the 170PS 2.0-litre diesel, efficiency drops off markedly, though there's the compensation of 400Nm of pulling power, a figure that will be improved further if you go for the 210PS biturbo variant. Prefer petrol? Well small capacity turbocharged engines that use unleaded are very much in vogue at present and the 1.5-litre unit supplied here should suit that trend, offered with either 140 or 165PS. Further up the range sits a potent 260PS 2.0-litre petrol Turbo model that showcases both of what are arguably the two most significant engineering developments introduced with this second generation Insignia. One is the super-slick 8-speed auto gearbox that's optional on lesser models. The other is a sophisticated new intelligent all-wheel drive system that uses a state-of-the-art rear torque vectoring system for greater cornering traction and sharper turn-in.
Despite the fact that this Insignia has been pushed up-market, prices have been kept very competitive - and indeed have been sharpened so that they more accurately fit the latest 'BIK' 'Benefit-in-Kind' categories. In fact from launch, Vauxhall claimed that some versions of this MK model Insignia Grand Sport were up to £1,500 less expensive than their direct first generation predecessors. To be specific, we're talking about a range priced in the £17,000 to £28,000 bracket. Those really are very affordable figures for a car of this size. There's a £1,500 model-for-model premium to pay if you want the extra luggage space of the Sports Tourer estate variant, a bodystyle that's also available in raised 4x4 'Country Tourer' guise if you want an alternative to an SUV. This time round, there's no saloon Insignia variant. All models get alloy wheels, auto headlamps, keyless entry and usual executive niceties like air conditioning, heated mirrors, a leather-trimmed multi-function steering wheel and cruise control with a speed limiter. As for media connectivity, well as standard, there's an 'Intellilink' infotainment system that includes a seven-speaker DAB audio set-up and smartphone 'Projection' via either 'Apple CarPlay' or 'Android Auto'. All of this works via a colour centre-dash 'Intellilink' screen that's 7.0-inches in size and, as you'd expect, there's also the convenience of Bluetooth 'phone connectivity, a USB connection and an aux-in socket. But that's just the start of the media cleverness. My favourite feature, which is standard on every Insignia, is the 'OnStar' personal connectivity and service assistant package. Once you've used 'OnStar', you'll wonder how you managed without it: you'll never be stranded after a breakdown or an accident and almost anything you might ever need to know about any journey you ever take will be just a button press away. The 'OnStar' package also allows you to create in your car a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, plus there's a smartphone app that can remotely lock or unlock the doors, check your oil life or, if you've lost this Vauxhall in a busy carpark, it can sound the horn or flash the lights. Plus if your Insignia is stolen, 'OnStar' can disable it so it can't be started. In summary, no other rival has a system that can match the range of services that 'OnStar' has to offer.
For the first time, Vauxhall has produced a medium range family car that I really would be proud to have on my driveway. All right, for budding Lewis Hamiltons, this car might not be as sharp to drive as its Mondeo rival but there's not much in it. On the debit side? Well, there's not too much to report here, unless you're worried about depreciation or the unremarkable fuel economy of the 2.0-litre diesel variant. Overall, what's important is that the basics seem to work within a stylish, attractive and most of all desirable package.
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