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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
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PROS

  • Refined and comfortable cruiser
  • Good quality interior
  • Spacious cabin and boot
  • Decent standard kit
  • Update in 2013 improves car greatly

CONS

  • Engines should be more efficient
  • Not as good to drive as a Mondeo
  • Over-assisted steering

Verdict

The Insignia is the successor to the Vectra – a car that’s been a firm favourite with families and company car drivers for many years. As you'd expect, it inherits many of the Vectra’s strengths.

It’s comfortable, a great motorway cruiser and is good value for money (especially used). However, the Insignia is far more sophisticated than the car it replaces so not only is the styling more refined, the interior fit and finish is much better than before and there's a vastly improved satellite navigation system.

There are some criticisms, though: it falls down in the way it drives, which is still behind the standard set by the Ford Mondeo, Skoda Octavia, and even the Audi A5 sportback.

Strong range of engines

There’s a good range of engines available in both fuel types, although there has been considerable change in the line-up over the years.

Petrol power comes in the form of an entry-level 1.8, a turbocharged 1.4 and finally a range topping 2.0-litre turbo.

The more sensible diesel options include the 1.6-litre “Whisper” unit which is quiet and efficient, and two 2.0-litre units which offer a bit more power.

Excellent level of standard kit

As ever with Vauxhalls, there’s a strong level of standard equipment available. Even base spec cars get air conditioning, a trip computer and steering wheel-mounted controls. There are eight trim levels available including fleet driver’s favourite, Tech Line.

This includes features such as sat nav, DAB digital radio, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, 17-inch alloys, cruise control and a chrome-effect window surround – but all of this is installed on a low-tax Insignia which promises low P11d values too.

Significant update in 2013

In 2013 a major update was announced for the Insignia to bring it right up to date. Four new engines were introduced including a low-tax version which emits just 99g/km of CO2 for extremely competitive Benefit-in-Kind liability.

There’s also a longer list of standard equipment and a new generation of multimedia system which works incredibly well. Safety kit has been upgraded too, keeping in line with rivals.

Vauxhall's Insignia wins fans thanks to its low running and service costs, its space, high levels of equipment and good dealer support. But is it enough to retain an advantage is a sector which is extremely competitive? Read on for our full Vauxhall Insignia review to find out.

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