Vauxhall’s European Car of the
Year-winning Insignia range is now an even more compelling choice for
private and business users with the addition of an ultra-low emissions
ecoFLEX diesel model and a new-to-range 1.4 Turbo petrol engine.
With a 10 per cent improvement in CO2
(115g versus 129g) over the outgoing model, the new Insignia ecoFLEX
diesel now falls in to the lowest 13 per cent Benefit-In-Kind tax band
for the first time, and there is no VED on the hatchback and saloon, and
no VED in year one on the Sports Tourer. The 1.4 Turbo petrol engine
also offers low 15 per cent BIK for the 2011/12 tax year.
The 2.0 CDTi ecoFLEX’s combined CO2
savings are achieved in part by the inclusion of Start/Stop technology,
available for the first time on an Insignia. Underbody aerodynamic
measures and low rolling resistance tyres also contribute to the
Insignia’s low running costs.
The Insignia’s two revised Euro 5
compliant 2.0 CDTi diesel engines are available with 130PS or 160PS
power outputs and unlike Vauxhall’s low emission rivals, improved
economy isn’t at the expense of performance. Even fitted with the
lower-powered 130PS engine, the Insignia ecoFLEX achieves a top speed of
129mph, with 0-60mph taking just 10.4 seconds. The 160PS variant is
still quicker, posting a 137mph top speed and 0-60mph in 8.9 seconds.
Torque is also maintained against the outgoing model with 300Nm for the
130PS engine and 350Nm on the 160PS unit.
For those who prefer petrol engines,
the new-to-range 1.4 Turbo engine combines power, efficiency and
refinement, emitting just 129g/km of CO2 and achieving a
stingy 51.4mpg in the hatchback and saloon. Torque is increased to
200Nm from 175Nm on the outgoing model.
The new Insignia models also benefit
from updated 18-inch five spoke alloy wheels and the inclusion of new
satellite navigation units, Navi600 and Navi900. The Navi600 offers UK
and Ireland mapping and main road networks across Europe, whilst the
Navi900 features detailed European mapping.
Prices for the sub-120g diesel models
start from £20,345 for the ES 2.0 CDTi (130PS) ecoFLEX Start/Stop
Hatchback and go up to £29,385 for the top-of-the-range SRi Nav Vx Line
Red Sports Tourer (160PS) ecoFLEX. The 1.4 Turbo is priced from £18,680
for the ES Hatchback up to £27,110 for the SRi Nav Vx Line Red Sports