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Introducing the all-new Vauxhall Insignia range

We explore the features of the three new cars in Vauxhall’s Insignia line-up.

The all-new Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport.

The all-new Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport.

The new generation of Vauxhall Insignia has arrived, the first major reinvention of the fleet favourite since its launch in 2008. The Insignia Grand Sport leads the line accompanied by the estate versions the Insignia Sports Tourer and top-of-the-range Insignia Country Tourer.

Insignia Grand Sport

The Insignia Grand Sport leads the line-up with a stunning new design that’s sure to turn heads with sleek lines and dazzling details. The new Insignia’s wheelbase has been extended to 2,829 mm, providing far more interior space. The cabin is built around the driver with an improved driving position, and the centre console puts every button within intuitive easy reach. Both the front seats are ergonomically designed to provide maximum comfort and the reworked proportions mean that passengers in the back have significantly more room. The car features a range of driver assistance technologies, including adaptive cruise control, rear cross traffic alert and advanced park assist, which uses ultrasound sensors to help make parking simple. With full smartphone connectivity, the Insignia also incorporates Vauxhall’s innovative personal assistant, OnStar. This intelligent system offers a range of services including automatic crash response and stolen vehicle assistance, as well as a WiFi hotspot for up to seven devices. New on Insignia, OnStar can also give you directions to suitable car parks and even offers a hotel recommendation and booking service.

There are a range of petrol and diesel engines available. The petrol line-up starts with the litre 1.5-litre Turbo offering 140PS, while the range-topping 2.0-litre engine provides a staggering 260PS. For those who prefer a diesel powertrain, the range starts with a 1.6-litre Turbo D ecoTEC with either 110PS or 136PS, with the highest performing 2.0-litre Turbo D offering 170PS.

Priced from £17,115*

Insignia Sports Tourer

The Sports Tourer takes every element that makes the Grand Sport great and adds even more space and practicality. Not only does this new incarnation have more space in the boot than its predecessor with 1,665 litres, but it’s also up to 200kg lighter, thanks to use of lightweight materials. There’s a variety of safety features available including lane keep assist, automatic emergency braking systems and long-range LED lighting. Inside you’ll enjoy a beautifully crafted cabin with a range of clean, tactile surfaces. There’s also plenty of great kit available including frameless touchscreen, Apple and Android connectivity, a Bose sound system, heated front windscreen and heated seats for both front and rear passengers. The engine line up ranges from 110PS up to 260PS and includes Vauxhall’s new 1.5-litre turbo petrol.

Priced from £18,685*

Insignia Country Tourer

This off-roader will take you places that other estate cars can’t reach. While it retains the sophisticated looks of the Sports Tourer, this is an altogether more rugged vehicle with a ride height 20 mm higher in order to take on more challenging terrain. The adaptive FlexRide chassis with ‘Standard’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Tour’ modes will make real-time adjustments to prove the best possible drive. There’s also front and rear skid plates as well as added cladding on the wheel arches to provide some extra protection. The boot is a practical 1,665 litres and rear seats offer a 40/20/40 split option. The cabin is comfortable with a fully adjustable driver’s seat and steering wheel. There’s a touchscreen infotainment system with sat nav and all the information you’ll need during your drive will be shown on a head-up display. There are two powertrains available: the 2.0-litre Turbo D offering 170PS and the 2.0-litre Bi-Turbo D offering 210PS.

Priced from £25,635*

*Prices correct at time of publication.

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