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Vauxhall Insignia Gets a Makeover

By raccars Published

Vauxhall's fleet stalwart, the Insignia, has been refreshed for the summer – and the improvements are more than skin deep. Vauxhall has focused on making the Insignia more refined yet more economical.

As part of its ride revision programme, the Insignia has been treated to smart new bushes and upgrades to the suspension, steering and damping settings and the electric power steering has new software. The result should be a slicker ride with better control response.

Better fuel economy is always welcome but even more appealing is the reductions to the Insignia's list price – up to £5,000 cheaper than the outgoing models. Rejigged trim levels mean the previous entry level ES mode has been replaced by the £3,500 cheaper Insignia Design, at £16,279, with a 138bhp 1.8 litre petrol engine under the bonnet and an equipment list including Bluetooth connectivity, DAB radio, LED DRLs, automatic headlamps, electric wing mirrors and front windows, climate control, electric parking brake, six airbags and an electrically adjustable driver's seat.

Further upgrades can be seen in the previously disappointing diesel engine range, with a more sophisticated and refined 2.0 litre diesel turbo with three tuning options, 118bhp, 138bhp and 161bhp. These models will also receive the new GM five and six speed manual transmissions. The brand's new 1.6 litre and 2.0 litre SIDI turbocharged petrol engines will fill out the range for 167 and 246bhp, respectively, with six speed manual and automatic gearboxes and the more powerful available as a four wheel drive. There is no news yet on the availability of the 1.6 litre turbo diesel, but the 2.0 litre Ecoflex unit should satisfy the strict expenses requirements of business drivers, with 99g/km in CO2 emissions and a 76.3mpg average for 14% BIK tax.

On the outside, there are noticeable changes to the front and rear ends, with a more imposing grille and bumper and more modern headlight unit and DRLs. The whole looks larger and lower, particularly from behind with the low riding bumper hiding the suspension and tail light clusters spreading over the lid of the boot. There's also a sleek new logo bar.

Elsewhere, the cabin has received an upgrade, with a cleaner fascia and 4.2 inch control screen or an optional eight inch touchscreen infotainment interface and a new steering wheel, including the control hub. Choice of trim levels could be confusing, with eight on offer topped by the Elite. A Sports Tourer estate is also available.

The Ford Mondeo and Skoda Octavia rivalling Insignia is available for order now and deliveries can be expected by October, after a debut at September's Frankfurt Motor Show.

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