First Drive: The Vauxhall Insignia Hatchback


The Insignia is Vauxhall’s answer to the previous best-selling large hatchback, the Vectra. Like its predecessor, it’s a car aimed at fleet users and those that want affordable family motoring. It offers plenty of tech features that we can all enjoy on the road, but unlike the outgoing model it’s a safer car to drive.

It’s also a more reliable vehicle too, thanks to Vauxhall’s investment in engine technology. Of course, it’s not a car that will ever compete with the likes of premium models like the Audi A4, for example. So, taking that into account, why should you buy one?

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It eats up motorway miles

One of the reasons people love the Insignia is because you get to drive a comfortable motorway cruiser. Let’s face it; if your daily commute consists of long journeys each day, the last thing you want to do is sit inside a cramped cabin!

When you drive an Insignia hatchback, you can forget about the next 200 miles of your trip because you are travelling in comfort.

It doesn’t cost a fortune to maintain

Unlike its premium competitors, the Vauxhall Insignia is designed to be a low-maintenance vehicle. That means there won’t be any nasty and expensive surprises waiting for you as time marches on.

It’s a well-known fact that Vauxhall cars are cheap to maintain. If you’re a member of a car club or part of the motor trade, you can also sign up to the Trade Club scheme. Doing so is free, and you’ll get better deals on a variety of service items to make your motoring even cheaper.

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There are plenty of engine choices to suit all driving styles

It doesn’t matter if you’re a frugal driver or you have a heavy right foot. There are a plethora of engine choices available for the Vauxhall Insignia. Fleet drivers and those that do a lot of miles will doubtless prefer one of the CDTi diesel units.

The 2.0-litre turbo unit is good for 220 brake horsepower and is the most popular petrol option. For the ultimate in performance, look no further than the Bi-Turbo petrol and diesel powerplants! The former is a 2.8 V6, while the latter is a 2.0-litre with 193 bhp on tap. You can also choose from a front-wheel-drive or 4×4 option!

According to the sales manager at Mcdougal & Breen, the best-selling engine is the 1.9-litre CDTi diesel. Motorists also prefer the six-speed manual transmission.

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Equipment levels are generous

You might think that the features and benefits of such a vehicle are sparse. The good news is that you are wrong! Step inside even the basic trim Insignia and you’ll find an array of technology at your disposal.

The basic “S” model comes with air conditioning, CD player with radio and steering wheel mounted control. It even comes with an on-board trip computer system too. Remember that we’re talking about a high-end model from the Vauxhall range, not a small hatchback like the Corsa!

Other trim levels include things like automatic wipers and headlights, DAB digital radio and more. Go check out an Insignia today; you’ll be glad that you did!


About Sean Mackay

Sean writes about cars, golf and events going on in British Columbia, Canada. He is also the editor for The Automotive Review - an automotive publication bringing a West Coast flavour to its editorials.
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