Most powerful diesel Insignia prices start from £27k

Vauxhall has unveiled a new 2.0-litre diesel engine producing 195PS for its large family car in both five-door hatchback and Sports Tourer (estate) body styles this week.

On sale now, the Vauxhall Insignia BiTurbo appeared on the Vauxhall stand at the Geneva Motor Show, Europe’s biggest showcase of new cars and new car technology.

The engine, called the Insignia BiTurbo, delivers 400Nm of torque and this translates to a 0-60mph time of just 8.2 seconds for the hatchback.

This means it is the fastest Vauxhall Insignia diesel on sale but Vauxhall says advances in greener engine technology means it delivers 129g/km of CO2 emissions – enough to put it into Band D of UK road tax and qualifies for sub-£100 yearly payments.

The new engine is available on a number of trim levels starting with the mid-range SRi trim. This means 17″ alloy wheels, a CD player with USB connectivity, cruise control and leather-covered steering wheel are all standard with the new engine.

More generously equipped BiTurbo models are available in SRi VX-line and Elite specifications. Top-level Elite trims add 18″ alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors and dual-zone climate control as standard.

All models come with Vauxhall’s new Flexride system which reacts instantly to driver imputs to manage power to the front and rear wheels to improve traction, grip and control, according to Vauxhall.

The new Vauxhall Insignia BiTurbo is available now at Vauxhall UK dealerships from £27,120 for SRi models. The standard Vauxhall Insignia costs from £18,000 in the UK, where it is the best-selling large family car of 2012 to date.