Refreshed Vauxhall Insignia range details announced
Prices for the rejuvenated model start at £16,279 – some £2,000 less than before. It's available in five-door hatchback, four-door saloon and Sports Tourer estate guises, and buyers will also be able to choose from the range-topping soft-roading 'Country Tourer' and performance flagship VXR versions.
Three new engines join the range, including a 133bhp 2.0-litre diesel motor that emits a road-tax dodging 99g/km of CO2. Existing diesel units also benefit from improvements to refinement.
Those who prefer petrol are well catered for, with two turbocharged engines – a 158bhp 1.6-litre and a 247bhp 2.0-litre – making their debut.
The Insignia's model structure has been simplified with the introduction of the face-lifted model. Trim choices are down to eight from 14, and feature a range of price points and equipment specifications to appeal to both private and company car drivers.
Standard equipment on even base models is generous and includes digital radio, Bluetooth connectivity, MP3 compatibility, cruise control, electronic parking brake, climate control and automatic lights. All models are also covered by Vauxhall's 100,000 mile manufacturer warrantee.
Externally, the Insignia has received only a mild makeover – Vauxhall clearly not wanting to spoil what is quite a handsome, if now rather familiar design. Inside, however, had a welcome revamp, with the button-heavy dashboard of old replaced with a large touchscreen, used to drive most of the on-board gadgets, as well as displaying the sat-nav. The dials have been reconfigured, too, and there is a greater selection of upholstery options.
The refreshed Vauxhall Insignia is available to order now, with the first customer cars expected for delivery in October.