The CO2 emissions have been cut by 10% over the outgoing model, meaning the 2.0 CDTi diesel engine releases just 115g/km and allows the Insignia to sit in the lowest Benefit-In-Kind tax band 13% for the first time. Drivers will also be pleased to hear that there is no VED on the saloon and hatchback styles, and the Sports Tourer will waive the VED in year one. And what to thank for the low running costs? The 2.0 CDTi ecoFLEX’s combined CO2 savings are achieved by a tweaked aerodynamic design of the Insignia’s underbody, as well as the introduction of start/stop technology and low rolling resistance tyres.
The engines are available with 130PS or 160PS power outputs, both of which dispel rumours that improved economy is at the expense of performance; the 160PS variant reaches 60mph in just 8.9 seconds and has a top speed of 137mph while generating torque of 350Nm. The lower-powered 130PS doesn’t disappoint either with 0-60mph in 10.4 seconds and top speed of 129mph with torque of 300Nm.
For those that prefer a petrol engine, a new-to-range 1.4 Turbo engine has been released which emits just 129g/km of CO2 and manages 51.4mpg. In these vehicles torque has been increased to 200Nm from 175Nm. The new models feature updated 18-inch 5 spoke alloy wheels and new satellite navigation units; Navi600 and Navi900. The former provides UK and Ireland mapping and main European road networks while the later offers detailed mapping throughout Europe. Vauxhall have taken the already fantastic Insignia and added a touch of refinement to produce this cheaper-to-run upgrade. Unlike many low emission rivals the usual comfort, style and performance of the Insignia have not been sacrificed for the improved economy, and it is certainly a vehicle to consider for private and business users alike.