Used Vauxhall Insignia
Background of the used Vauxhall Insignia
Large family cars aren’t typically known for being the best looking. However, the Insignia is a pretty competent prospect, easily satisfying requirements of space, size and passenger comfort. It came originally as a saloon or hatchback with 1.8-litre, 2.0-litre turbo or 2.8-litre turbo V6 petrol engines or a couple of 2.0-litre CDTi turbo diesels in 128bhp and 158bhp formats. Trim levels followed Vauxhall's standard line up with S, Exclusiv, SE, SRi and Elite.
Early 2009 saw the arrival of a 'Sports Tourer' estate and two new engines: a 178bhp 1.6-litre turbo petrol and a further variant of the 2.0-litre diesel with 187bhp and twin turbochargers. Later that year, Vauxhall introduced a high-performance model VXR, with an interesting 321bhp from the tuned 2.8 V6.
What you get with a used Vauxhall Insignia
In an attempt to dispel the rather boring image of its predecessors, Vauxhall gave the Insignia a bolder look, with a rather dramatic sloping roofline and a couple of avant-garde, sharply moulded 'blades' sweeping along the skirts. The smooth, hawkish front end is both handsome and aerodynamically effective. On a used Vauxhall Insignia, the cabin displays a similar dash, with a curvy, enveloping fascia, adaptive ambient lighting and specially designed ergonomic seating. Passengers will find the Insignia incredibly spacious due to its larger dimensions both in and outside.
From the Exclusiv trim, you can expect ABS, ESP stability control, automatic headlights, electrically adjustable height and lumbar support for the driver's seat, cruise control, single-zone climate control air conditioning and front, side and curtain airbags. The V6 came with 4-wheel drive as standard, and you may also find it on some 2.0-litre variants as an option. How a used Vauxhall Insignia drives
The used Vauxhall Insignia market is heavily populated with diesels, which lack refinement but benefit from a very good ride. It hits the right balance between firmness and softness to satisfy both performance and comfort quotients and handles corners with style. However, for real driving pleasure, you need to look at the 2.8-litre V6 models. It comes with an intelligent adaptive all-wheel drive system that automatically adjusts torque distribution for optimum grip and handling. The range-topper also benefits from a selectable 'FlexRide' system with standard, tour or sport chassis settings to suit driving style and road conditions. The sporty setting is fun, changing the instrument panel's usual white backlights to red and tightening up steering, throttle response and damping, plus raising the rpm shift ratio of the automatic gearbox and giving a bit more power to the rear wheels.
The approved used Vauxhall Insignia is a practical and sensible choice for those searching for a second-hand family car. It is impressively spacious and comfortable, and offers a more enjoyable driving experience than most of those same rivals.
Vauxhall Insignia awards
With low running costs and a good built quality, a used Vauxhall Insignia provides excellent value for money. In 2014, it was named as “Used Car of the Year” for the second year running by Auto Express magazine. In the same year, it also scooped the prize for “Best Upper Medium Car” at the Fleet World Honours.