Vauxhall Insignia review

Now though fresher and more serious competition will soon take on the Insignia, including a new generation Mondeo in 2014. Happily Vauxhall is also responding with a major refresh of its Insignia model range.

The updated 2013 Vauxhall Insignia line-up is now available for order here in the UK, with first deliveries arriving next month.

Pricing for the 2013 Vauxhall Insignia starts from £16,279, rising up to £29,329. The car is now priced around £2,000 less than before its updates.

Changes include a refreshed exterior to give the Insignia a more upmarket feel. The Vauxhall family car should also appeal more with its simpler interior and with new engines including low emission diesels.

Exterior

Prior this year’s update the Vauxhall Insignia was already an appealing car to look at, easily one of the best looking saloons found on the market.

As part of the 2013 updates, the Insignia now has extra shiny chrome detailing at the front and rear. The front has also been reshaped to give the car a more aerodynamic profile and deliberately give it a wider and lower stance.

The Insignia remains a very nice car to look at, and the updates give the range a more premium vibe which should sit well with any executive drivers considering a purchase.

Interior

Inside the Insignia’s layout has been deliberately changed so that there are less buttons and the presentation is less clustered.

The cabin is smartly presented all-round and should easily fit four adults. If you’re planning on sitting adults in the back though then you would better of going for the saloon or Sport Tourer bodystyle for the extra rear headroom.

Storage space is also to a decent standard with the Insignia range, the boot offers 500 litres minimum when choosing the hatchback or Sport Tourer derivatives.

Meanwhile standard equipment in the updated Insignia now includes a multimedia radio which supports CDs, USB and MP3 connectivity plus Bluetooth also. Also standard in the new Insignia range is 16-inch alloy wheels and cruise control.

Another cool feature is the eight-inch colour display screen which can be controlled with finger touches or with a touchpad near the gearstick, similar to using a laptop.

On the road

The Vauxhall Insignia engine range has been improved now with options including a basic 1.4-litre turbo petrol unit with 138bhp. Higher up the selection is an enjoyable 168bhp 1.6-litre turbo petrol which can combine easy cruising with feistier high-speed driving when required.

Another new major highlight is the Insignia’s new 2.0-litre ecoFLEX diesel engine, offered with two power outputs of 118bhp or 137bhp. With either of these outputs the Insignia will emit just 99g/km in CO2, a great achievement for a family car this size. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard for the Insignia range.

Whichever engine you prefer, the Insignia offers a smooth and easy drive, even in poor weather or on rougher road conditions.

Overview

The updated Vauxhall Insignia is a car with a lot of strengths, all of which should be enjoyed by any family motorists or executive car buyers.

It’s stylish both outside and inside, its generally quiet and pleasant to drive, it’s practical and it’s well equipped. The updated Insignia should certainly give the upcoming new-generation Ford Mondeo a run for its money as well.