When Vauxhall launched the Insignia in 2008, it had to be good as it was aimed squarely at the fleet and family markets, and faced competition from the likes of the Ford Mondeo, Toyota Avensis and Honda Accord. Compared to the Vectra model it replaced, the exterior design of the Insignia was a breath of fresh air and still looks striking and stylish six years on, thanks to its curvaceous, dynamic and timeless aesthetics. It quickly picked up an award, being crowned 2009’s European Car of the Year, further cementing its credibility and paving the way to success.
A superior vehicle?
Honest John echoed the view that the Insignia raised Vauxhall's game and presented itself as a “considerably better car than a VW Passat, good enough to be considered alongside a SEAT Exeo or an Audi A4 B8, and will even put up a good fight against the forthcoming new Volvo S60 (it beats the old one hands down)”.
Auto Express magazine singled out the Insignia as their Best Used Car to Buy for 2014, reasoning that “in terms of ultimate value for money, the Vauxhall Insignia can’t be touched. There simply isn’t a car out there that can match it in terms of specification, price and driver appeal at 12 months old”.
Perfect for families
Families after a stylish, spacious, practical, economical and well-equipped car really should test drive a Vauxhall Insignia to see what all the fuss is about. They feel immensely well-built, from the solid doors closing with a nice thud to the robust interior with its sturdy surfaces, materials and controls. A big boot and plenty of interior space for four adults or two adults and two children, make them ideal for modern life with all its paraphernalia. On the road, the Insignia is superbly comfortable and great for long journeys. It handles fairly well and the punchy diesel engines are enough for the average driver, plus they settle down nicely into quiet cruisers.
One thing that has always bowled everyone over when it comes to the Insignia is the amount of goodies Vauxhall have stuffed into even the lowest trim levels. Specifications start with ‘S’ which comes with air con, steering wheel-mounted controls and a CD player. Exclusiv is a popular trim and gives you climate control, 17” alloys and ambient interior lighting. SE increases the alloys to attractive 18” ones and adds an electronic parking brake, whilst SRi comes with sportier body styling and a leather steering wheel. The sat nav in an Insignia is particularly good, with 3D maps and the ability to zoom in. It’s also perfectly situated at eye level, so very easy to use on the move.
When it comes to engines, our pick is the excellent 2-litre CDTi diesel unit, which is available in a number of different guises, from the most economical 120bhp ecoFLEX offering up to 76mpg and emitting only 98g CO2/km, to the 2.0 CDTi 195bhp with 4x4, emitting 146g with a combined fuel economy of upto 51mpg.
Get one quick
Used Insignias are tremendously good value and hence tend to get snapped up quite quickly. Fortunately, we stock a healthy selection of them across our used car supermarket sites. Prices start from an astonishing £6,603 and we also have a number of face-lifted Insignia hatchback cars in stock
We would be delighted to help find the perfect used Insignia for you. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch using Facebook, Twitter, email, phone, or of course visiting one of our showrooms where you will be warmly greeted.
- On: 06 January 2015
- By: CarShop
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