Insignia’s new badge of honour

11 December 2019

VAUXHALL has revealed what it refers to as its all-new family saloon range, but at first glance this latest incarnation of the Insignia looks the same as the current car.

It is a case of evolution rather than revolution, with the most modest of styling tweaks and the biggest changes being beneath the skin.

One of the UK’s favourite family and executive models, the Insignia comes with a wide range of engine and transmission choices and is one of the roomiest models on the market.

It is also one of the most under-rated because it is overshadowed by the perceived desirability of rival brands with so-called designer badges on their bonnets.

Nonetheless the Insignia has been hugely successful for Vauxhall and its sister brand Opel with more than a million sales world-wide of which a quarter have been here in the UK.

For 2020 the new Insignias get slightly revised styling with the aim of making the vehicles look wider and lower to create a coupe concept.

The front of the car has a new look to house the distinctive new IntelliLux LED headlights.

These now have more than 80 LED elements in each dipped beam, as opposed to just 16 in the current cars, which dramatically improves visibility for night driving. The rear of the car is revised to include a rear-view camera and rear cross traffic alert system.

Other safety systems now include forward collision with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, side blind spot alert, adaptive cruise control with emergency braking, traffic sign recognition, advanced park assist and head-up display.

Lining up alongside the new Insignia next month will be the new Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid 4, with prices from £35,590.

It will be Vauxhall’s first-ever plug-in hybrid, comprising an electric drive system with two electric motors, all-wheel drive, a 13.2kWh lithium-ion battery and a turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine to generate a combined power output of 300bhp.

It is offered in four different trims, each with the same engine and emissions levels, with varying levels of equipment and technology. The Business Edition Nav Premium costs £35,590, which Vauxhall says  equates to a saving of £145 a month over a Grandland X Elite Nav 1.5 Turbo D and £50 over the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV over 48 months.

The SRi Nav is priced at £40,300, while the Elite Nav costs £42,200. Topping off the range is the Ultimate Nav at £45,450.