Vauxhall has unveiled its updated Insignia range, which is available to order now ahead of the first deliveries in October.
The Insignia has always been quite a handsome car, so understandably the exterior changes are fairly subtle. At the front there’s a broader grille, restyled headlights and a new bumper, while the rear end now sports LED light clusters and a wider, lower-set chrome trim bar. The spoilers and tailgates on the Hatch and Saloon have also been redesigned to better differentiate the two models.
On the inside, the centre console layout has been simplified and the instruments have received a new look. Vauxhall has cut the number of trim grades on offer from fourteen to eight, but all come as standard with cruise control, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, a digital radio, six airbags and electric lumber and height adjustment on the driver’s seat.
Diesel power is likely to remain a popular choice, so modifications to the 2.0 litre CDTi engine now see it producing 118 bhp (88 kW / 120 PS), 138 bhp (103 kW / 140 PS) or 160 bhp (120 kW / 163 PS). What’s more, those first two options in the Hatch and Saloon both achieve up to 76.3 mpg (3.7 l/100km) on the combined cycle with carbon dioxide emissions of just 99 g/km.
Petrol fans haven’t been forgotten though, as for the first time the selection includes the new 1.6 and 2.0 litre SIDI motors. Featuring direct-injection and turbochargers, their outputs are 167 bhp (125 kW / 170 PS) and 246 bhp (184 kW / 250 PS) respectively.
Completing the improvements are recalibrated anti-roll bar and damper settings that promise superior ride and handling. The electronic power steering system has also been tweaked for more feel.
To help attract fleet and retail buyers, prices for the 2014 Insignia start from £16,279. Significantly, that’s almost £2,000 cheaper than the previous version’s entry point.
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