New Vauxhall Insignia unveiled

Pictures and details of the facelifted Vauxhall Insignia, which gets price cuts and a new tax-friendly 99g/km model

This is the facelifted Vauxhall Insigina and while you might struggle to spot the differences from the outside, but you’ll certainly notice the new prices. And when you open the door there’s a big difference inside, too.

When the new car arrives in October, most models will cost thousands less than their equivalent predecessors, with the £16,279 entry-level car priced £1,771 lower than before.

Running costs have been slashed, too. The arrival of two diesels emitting only 99g/km of CO2 is big news for company car users. As our table shows, they’ll bring lower tax bills and claimed average economy of 76.3mpg will also reduce fuel bills.

There are two new petrol engines – a 1.6 and a 2.0-litre, the latter being available with four-wheel drive. In addition to low-CO2 118bhp and 138bhp 2.0-litre diesels, there’s a 161bhp version of the same engine that emits 114g/km.

The confusing plethora of buttons and knobs inside the car has been replaced with a cleaner look and optional (£350) eight-inch touchscreen system that can use apps downloaded to your phone.

Vauxhall’s chairman and managing director Duncan Aldred told Auto Express: “We’ve reacted to criticism of the number of dash buttons with a cleaner, more upmarket look, and added our IntelliLink touchscreen with full iPhone Siri voice integration.”

A new customisable eight-inch display in the instrument binnacle can also be added, although every model gets revised dials. Better-quality materials, new colour schemes and a new steering wheel complete the interior picture.

The Insignia has never been the finest-riding car in its class, so chassis tweaks are aimed at boosting comfort and fun. The electric power-steering has been reprogrammed for greater feel, while levels of refinement are said to have been improved, too.

The Insignia has always looked great, though, so exterior tweaks are limited. There’s a bigger front grille with repositioned Griffin badge, smoother bumpers and extended tail-lamps, as on the Cascada convertible (tested on Page 82). All models also get LED daytime running lights.

Company car tax battleInsignia Design 2.0 CDTi 16v (118bhp)Ford Mondeo Graphite 1.6 TDCi (113bhp)VW Passat Bluemotion TEch S 1.6 TDI (103bhp)
P11D value£18,690£18,140£20,715
CO2 emissions99g/km112g/km114g/km
Combined economy76.3mpg65.7mpg65.7mpg
Benefit in kind tax band 2013/1414 per cent17 per cent17 per cent
Annual BiK tax (40 per cent)£1,046£1,234£1,409
Annual fuel cost (20,000 miles)£1,646£1912£1,912

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