A popular, practical hatchback, the 2014 Vauxhall Insignia has been a common sight on UK motorways since it was first introduced in 2008. Although it’s known for its value and reliability, the Insignia has never been the most exciting hatchback on the market. However, it has been given a brand new facelift for 2014, including a new engine and even more economical running costs. Could this make it a more thrilling prospect? It’s worth taking a closer look at its latest features to find out.
Immediately, the new Insignia stands out with a slightly sportier look. You can see this if you compare the 2014 model to past models like the popular Opel version at carsales.com.au. It sits lower for a sleeker profile, and features a wider chrome grille and new headlights. The revised Insignia is more aerodynamic than its previous model, with an active grille shutter that can close at high speeds to reduce drag and make the car more efficient. The car also has larger tyres for a smooth and comfortable ride.
Inside the cabin, you can see that the centre console has been revamped. It’s easier to read than in the past and looks classier. The overall quality of the dashboard and its interior materials has been upgraded, for a more elegant feeling. The new Intellilink system boasts better graphics and a more dynamic integration. This 8-inch infotainment display is complimented by a secondary screen to show fuel and engine information. Drivers can choose from eight different trim levels, from the most basic Design on up to the higher grade Elite model. All Insignia models come equipped with Bluetooth connectivity, USB connectivity, cruise control, digital radio, climate control, and LED daytime running lights. The steering wheel has also been upgraded to a leather material in all models, for a sleeker look. If you choose to upgrade, you can benefit from features like premium seats, adaptive cruise control, and keyless entry.
Engine and Drivability
There are four new engines on the revised Insignia, including a 2.0-litre diesel which offers 76 miles to the gallon and a clean 99g/km CO2 emissions level. This puts it ahead of rivals like the VW Passat. Another option is the 195PS variant of this same diesel engine, or the 2.0-litre Turbo engine with 250PS. This provides a sportier, speedier driving experience, but cuts fuel economy to 35.3 mpg. Drivers can also choose between manual or automatic transmissions, and a four-wheel drive option is available on the 2.0-litre turbo. The Vauxhall handles well and feels responsive, although it does make some noise underneath the bonnet when starting up. The rear suspension has been revised, which makes the steering more responsive as a result. The comfort has been improved, but this depends partly on the size of wheels you choose.
Already a popular choice among fleet drivers and families, the new Insignia is even more affordable than before. With a slightly sportier profile and an improved range of engines to choose from, it has stepped up its game to offer more than good value for money. This could make the Insignia even more popular in the year to come.
2014 Vauxhall Isignia Pictures
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