Mid-range petrol engine suits Vauxhall’s new family-sized load-lugger well. Another refined, comfortable, easy-to-drive and attractively priced Insignia.
Another unexplored corner of the Vauxhall Insignia model range. Vauxhall’s family-sized saloon and estate is available with a trio of petrol engines, the middle-sitting 1.5-litre turbocharged option developing 163bhp. We’ve already tested the new wagon in entry-level 138bhp petrol form, and in saloon guise as the 256bhp 2.0-litre turbo petrol range-topper. Now is our first chance to find out if the middle-sitting option is the sweetest of all three.In the enlarged estate version of the Insignia, that engine makes for claimed fuel economy of 46.3mpg combined, rated CO2 emissions of 139g/km and claimed 0-62mph acceleration in under eight-and-a-half seconds. An equivalent Ford Mondeo is not only more expensive but marginally slower-accelerating, though a natch more fuel-efficient; a like-for-like Skoda Octavia has the Vauxhall beaten across the board and by bigger margins.But then neither the Ford nor the Skoda quite equal the Insignia on all-round value for money – the big Vauxhall combining a sub-£20k asking price with a near-600-litre boot, a very room cabin, competitive performance and economy claims, and a standard equipment list that includes touchscreen navigation, smartphone mirroring and an in-car wifi hotspot. …read more