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Vauxhall Insignia gets new ultra-efficient diesel

  • New 1.6-litre diesel now available
  • Replaces the current 2-litre units
  • New OnStar system is standard on selected models

The Vauxhall Insignia has been a popular choice for company car drivers for many years. It boasts competitive pricing, practical features and good levels of standard kit.

And now, the firm's flagship car has been given a further boost with the addition of a new 1.6-litre ‘whisper diesel’ engine which offers some impressive fuel economy figures.

Replacing the current 2-litre powertrains in the range, the new 1.6 CDTi ecoFLEX has 134bhp and achieves the 0-60mph sprint in 10.9 seconds with a top speed of 130mph.

Crucial for company car drivers will be the 99g/km of CO2 produced; which places this Insignia in a 17 percent BIK tax band for the 2015/16 tax year. Fuel consumption is also impressive with a combined figure of 74.3mpg.

Available across the Insignia range, including in the company drivers' favourite TechLine trim, prices start from £19,534 up to £26,114 on-the-road, meaning company car drivers could be paying as little as £55 a month if a 20 percent tax payer.

TechLine trim is specifically catered for company car drivers and features kit like sat nav, DAB digital radio, Bluetooth, 17-inch alloy wheels, cruise control and a chrome-effect window surround as standard.

The Insignia is not the first in the firm’s line-up to be fitted with this new 1.6-litre diesel. Last year the Astra was also offered with the same efficient engine offering slightly less power at 108bhp but with greater fuel economy of 83mpg and CO2 emissions down to 82g/km. 

With a whole host of kit offered as standard across the range, the Insignia is also now available with OnStar, a clever system which offers Wi-Fi hotspot for up to seven devices, emergency response notification if the airbag deploys and stolen vehicle recovery technology. The system is available as standard on Elite, Limited Edition and VXR trims and as a £395 option on other models. 

Click here to view our full review of the Vauxhall Insignia.