Vauxhall has given the Insignia a mid-life facelift, added four new engines and dropped the price. The outgoing Insignia ‘rep-mobile’ was already easy on the eye so we’re pleased to say the new version has only undergone a few subtle changes.
The car sits a little lower for a sportier look and it has redesigned headlights and a wider chrome grille. At the back, there are thinner rear lights and yet more bling. Inside, the 2014 Insignia packs a newly-designed dashboard with redesigned controls and a new steering wheel. An 8-inch infotainment display is available, as is a secondary 8-inch screen for showing engine revs and fuel level.
There are 8 levels of trim to choose from (down from 14) ranging from Design up to the range-topping Elite. Standard on all Insignias is a digital radio, Bluetooth connectivity for your smartphone, USB connectivity, an electric park brake, cruise control, LED daytime running lights, climate control, leather steering wheel and electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors.
New optional extras include keyless entry and engine start, adaptive cruise control, park assist and premium seats.
Of the four new engines, the 120PS 2.0 CDTi ecoFLEX Stop/Start manual is the most frugal. It can manage 99g/km of CO2 emissions and 76.3mpg, which is an improvement on the 67.3mpg and 112g/km you got with the old 2.0-litre CDTi.
If you crave a little more oomph, there’s a 195PS variant of the 2-litre diesel with 380Nm of torque, a 170PS 1.6 SIDI Turbo petrol and a sporty 2.0-litre Turbo with 250PS that manages 187g/km of CO2 emissions and 35.3mpg.
6-speed manual or automatic transmissions are available across the majority of engines, while four-wheel drive is offered on the 2.0-litre turbo.
The new Vauxhall Insignia will come in hatchback, four-door saloon and sports tourer estate forms.
Prices start from £16,279 (the outgoing model starts at £18,050) and deliveries will start to arrive in October after the car makes its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
2014 Vauxhall Insignia Pictures