Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • Bluetooth + USB
  • Door/boot open warning light
  • Exterior temperature gauge
  • Low fuel level warning light
  • Oil level gauge
  • PAS
  • Rev counter
  • Trip computer

Entertainment

  • Auxiliary input socket
  • DMB digital radio
  • RF 400 radio/CD/MP3 player
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls

Exterior Features

  • Automatic lighting control
  • Black grille
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour electric adjustable heated door mirrors
  • Electric front windows + drivers one touch
  • Electric headlight beam leveling
  • Follow me home headlights
  • Heated rear windscreen
  • Integrated fuel filler cap
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Rear wiper
  • Tinted glass including windscreen

Interior Features

  • 12V accessory power point in centre console
  • 12V power point for rear passengers
  • 3 height adjustable rear headrests
  • 4 way electrically adjustable lumbar support for drivers seat
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Additional storage compartment in boot
  • Air recirculation system
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Anti submarining seats
  • Boot lashing points
  • Centre console with armrest
  • Chrome inner door handles
  • Delay courtesy light function
  • Driver/passenger reading lights
  • Driver/passenger sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Electric height adjustable driver seat
  • Footwell illumination
  • Front seat back map pockets
  • Fully adjustable front headrests
  • Height adjustable outer rear head restraints
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Illuminated boot
  • Illuminated glovebox
  • Interior courtesy light operated by all doors
  • ISOFIX on front passenger and rear outer seats
  • Leather gear knob
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Lidded front door storage with drinks holder + armrest
  • Parcel shelf
  • Pollen filter
  • Rear courtesy lights
  • Rear door pockets with bottle holders
  • Rear passenger heating ducts
  • Reclining front seats

Safety

  • ABS
  • Brake assist
  • CSC - Cornering stability control
  • Driver/passenger 2 stage auto adaptive airbags
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Electronic Stability Programme
  • Front and rear outer seat belt pre-tensioners
  • Front lateral airbags
  • Full size curtain airbags
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Hill start assist
  • Passenger airbag deactivation system
  • Seatbelt reminders for driver and front passenger
  • Three 3 point rear seatbelts
  • Traction control
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • Immobiliser
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Remote central deadlocking
  • Remote security alarm system

Trim

  • Trigo cool inserts on facia and doors

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)

98

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 5

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1956

Compression Ratio

16.5:1

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

83

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

90.4

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Fuel Delivery

COMMON RAIL

Gears

6 SPEED

Number of Valves

16

Transmission

MANUAL

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

76.3

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

88.3

EC Urban (mpg)

62.8

General

Badge Engine CC

2

Badge Power

120

Based On ID

Coin Description

CDTi ecoFLEX

Coin Series

Design

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

22E

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

94

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

79

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

5

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

40

NCAP Safety Assist %

71

Safety Concerns?

1

Service Interval Frequency - Months

12

Service Interval Mileage

20000

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

60000

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

3

Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months

60

Timing Belt Interval Mileage

100000

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

11.9

Engine Power - BHP

120

Engine Power - KW

88

Engine Power - RPM

4000

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

221

Engine Torque - MKG

30.6

Engine Torque - NM

300

Engine Torque - RPM

1750

Top Speed

121

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

215/60 R16

Tyre Size Rear

215/60 R16

Tyre Size Spare

TYRE REPAIR KIT

Wheel Style

5 V SPOKE

Wheel Type

16" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1498

Height (including roof rails)

Length

4842

Wheelbase

2737

Width

1856

Width (including mirrors)

2084

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

70

Gross Vehicle Weight

2160

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

1470

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

530

Max. Roof Load

100

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

1700

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

750

No. of Seats

5

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

11.4

Summary

Can this second generation Insignia really appeal beyond the medium range Mondeo segment? Will business buyers used to signing up for yet another BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 or Mercedes C-Class really be minded to consider it? The Griffin brand hopes so. What we can tell you from this first look is that if this car carried a premium German badge, those customers would buy into it without question. The quality and technology is that good. But of course, it does bear a Vauxhall badge - which requires in turn a degree of open-mindedness on the part of potential buyers. That's asking a lot but it's difficult to see what else the brand could have done in pursuit of its objectives here. If you're buying in this sector and are amongst the few people untroubled by badge equity, you'll find plenty to like.

Background

If you perceive Vauxhall's Insignia as a middle management mainstream company car, then the brand reckons it's time you had a re-think. The second generation version of this model gets sleeker looks and a new 'Grand Sport' name for the five-door hatch bodystyle. It's much lighter and more sophisticated than its predecessor, with a more spacious cabin, plus the option of 4WD and a new 8-speed auto gearbox. Think of a feature you can get in a pricey compact German premium brand - LED matrix lighting, Lane Keep Assist, Head-up Display, cutting-edge media connectivity. All of it's on offer here, plus use of Vauxhall's brilliant OnStar concierge system. It's a strong package.

Driving Experience

On the move, this Insignia feels like the bigger car it's now become, the suspension floating you over broken surfaces that would have troubled and impeded the previous model. Importantly, this second generation model is 175kg lighter than its predecessor and that really shows when cornering at speed, where there's less body roll than before and generally, a much higher level of agility. As for engines, well most buyers will continue to want a diesel, with the majority of sales likely to go to the 1.6-litre Turbo D unit we tried, offered with either 110 or 136PS. If you trade up to the 170PS 2.0-litre diesel, efficiency drops off markedly, though there's the compensation of 400Nm of pulling power, a figure that will be improved further if you go for the 210PS biturbo variant. Engine-wise, you'll find much more that's really different if you turn your attention to petrol power, with both units on offer being completely new. Small capacity turbocharged engines that use unleaded are very much in vogue at present and the 1.5-litre unit supplied here should suit that trend, offered with either 140 or 165PS. Further up the range sits a potent 260PS 2.0-litre petrol Turbo model that showcases both of what are arguably the two most significant engineering developments introduced with this second generation Insignia. One is the super-slick 8-speed auto gearbox that's optional on lesser models. The other is a sophisticated new intelligent all-wheel drive system that uses a state-of-the-art rear torque vectoring system for greater cornering traction and sharper turn-in.

Design and Build

Vauxhall reckons that this Insignia Grand Sport has 'the aura of a car from the premium, upper class'; you decide. It certainly looks a great deal smarter than its predecessor. It comes only in hatch form, but as an alternative, there's the option of a 'Sports Tourer' estate. The prominent grille and slim-line headlamps enhance the wide horizontal design of the front end and provide it with a bold appearance. The grille sits lower than on the outgoing model and further emphasises its solid stance. What Vauxhall calls a 'sweepspear' feature starts in the front door and gives the impression that this model is always ready to pounce, which is a nod to the athletic lightness of the Monza Concept car that inspired it. More importantly, under the skin, this design has shed up to 175kgs over its predecessor. Its roof is 29mm lower and its track has increased by 11mm. The overhangs have been reduced considerably and the wheelbase enlarged by 92mm. And the exemplary drag factor of 0.26 makes this car one of the most aerodynamic vehicles in its class. The cabin has also taken a step up-market. The driver sits lower and is surrounded by clean lines, pleasant surfaces and impressive build quality, a highlight being the frameless touchscreen of the improved IntelliLink infotainment system. The extended wheelbase gives passengers in the rear more space. There's a roomy 490-litre boot too.

Market and Model

Insignia buyers choose between this five-door Grand Sport hatch model or the Sports Tourer estate variant. There are seven trim levels available - 'Design', 'Design Nav', 'SRi', 'SRi Nav', 'SRi Vx-line Nav', 'Tech Line Nav' and 'Elite Nav'. The asking figures start at around £17,000 and range to around £28,000, pricing that offers extremely strong competition to the German premium-badged compact executive models that Vauxhall would ideally like to target. There's plenty of clever equipment features that should interest that target market. The 'IntelliLux LED matrix light' for example, which illuminates with 32 LED segments and integrates in this Insignia's smarter, slimmer headlamps. Other driver assistance systems include a Head-up-Display, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Vauxhall is still one of the few manufacturers to offer seats certified the 'Campaign for Healthy Backs'. And, as for media connectivity, well, as you would expect, the IntelliLink infotainment system is compatible with the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Insignia Grand Sport buyers also get Vauxhall OnStar, the brand's the ground-breaking connectivity and service assistant. This offers services ranging from Automatic Crash Response to Stolen Vehicle Assistance. A new concierge service is available to Insignia Grand Sport customers, enabling passengers to ask OnStar advisors to select a hotel and proceed to room reservation. Furthermore, up to seven devices can be connected to the car's Wi-Fi Hotspot.

Cost of Ownership

Around 85% of Insignia buyers go for a diesel - and you can see why. Well over 70mpg is possible from the 1.6 CDTi unit most Grand Sport buyers will choose. As for residual values, well these will depend on whether the industry recognises this Grand Sport model's shift up-market. Even if it does, the depreciation levels won't match those of premium German rivals. But then, you'll be paying less up-front in the first place, so it's swings and roundabouts. CO2 figures are very competitive, the base 110PS 1.6-litre diesel capable of putting out as little as 105g/km. The volume 2.0-litre diesel manages 136g/km. The base 1.5-litre petrol variant manages 133g/km. You'll also need to know that Vauxhall includes a three-year, 60,000 mile warranty as standard, a package that can be extended up to five years and 100,000 miles at extra cost. A year's free breakdown cover is also provided, along with a six-year anti-corrosion guarantee. Plus you can opt for a service plan that lets you pay monthly to spread the cost of regular work to your car. As part of this, Vauxhall offers discounts on wear and tear items, such as brake pads and windscreen wipers.