- Fuel economy and CO2 figures hatchback and estate models
- Bigger for extra comfort - yet lower CO2
- Lower benefit-in-kind tax rates for new car
Vauxhall knows which side its bread is buttered: it’s aiming the new-for-2017 Insignia squarely at the company car driver market, with CO2 emissions as low as 105 g/km and fuel economy as high as 70.6mpg.
Cleaning up emissions on such a big car is no mean feat; the all-new model is larger than the previous Insignia, swelling by 55mm in length and 7mm in width.
So how is a bigger car actually cleaner?
The new Insignia manages that rare trick of combining a larger footprint with smaller emissions. Clever use of super-strong steel and computer-aided design have trimmed up to 175kg from the Vauxhall’s kerbweight, starting a virtuous circle.
Lighter weight means the car will use less fuel, spew out fewer emissions and drive better with shorter stopping distances and more engaging handling. In theory, at least.
How much tax will I pay to run an Insignia company car?
Opt for the 110hp 1.6-litre Turbo D ecoTEC Insignia Grand Sport and fuel economy is a claimed 70.6mpg average, with CO2 at 105g/km of CO2. If you’re after a bit more space, the Insignia Sports Tourer manages a claimed 46.3mpg, producing 112g/km of CO2.
That means a BIK rating of 23% for the Grand Sport and 26% for the Sports Tourer. This works out at £71 every month for a 20% tax payer.
Those who prefer petrol power will be tempted by the all-new 1.5-litre Turbo, capable of 47.6mpg in the Grand Sport and 47.1mpg in the Sports Tourer. CO2 is rated at 133 and 136g/km respectively.
BIK, therefore, is 25% for the Grand Sport and 26% for the Sports Tourer. This equates to £71 a month running a Grand Sport, and £80 a month for the Sports Tourer.
“We’re wooing company car drivers”
Vauxhall has focused on making the new model comfortable for fleet drivers (there’s even an orthopaedic seat option), but points out it will make a great family car too.
“Even company car drivers have families - the rear-seat space will be a real boon at weekends,” said Vauxhall’s product chief Stuart Harris. “And the new Insignia Grand Sport will have a very attractive P11D price.
“We know we have to offer competitively low benefit-in-kind tax rates for UK business drivers.”
Eighty percent of Insignias today are company cars. The new model will be offered as a five-door hatchback and estate car only; the four-door saloon bodystyle is being canned.