posted 6 years ago

New Vauxhall Insignia Tourer Tempts Badge Collectors

The Vauxhall Insignia was introduced in 2009 and slightly tweaked in June 2010.

The new Vauxhall 'Insignia' Tourer appears to be named after (please wait while I check the dictionary) a 'badge or emblem of membership/office'. Fair enough, but is this large family estate suitable for the UK's tribe of heroic badge collectors? Well, let's fire-up the Insignia and find out.

The Vauxhall Insignia was introduced in 2009 and slightly tweaked in June 2010. There are various engines for emblem lovers to choose from, including the 256bhp 2.8-litre V6. This propels the Insignia to 60mph in 7.1 seconds and averages a potentially expensive 25mpg. So, if you prefer to spend your cash on collectable badges rather than fuel, the 2.0-litre 128bhp diesel is a better choice. This averages 53mpg, but it takes 11.2 seconds to reach sixty and can feel slightly strained.

The handling is a considerable improvement on its Vectra predecessor, but is still less sporty than the Ford Mondeo or Mazda6. That said, the Insignia's body roll is nicely controlled and the ride – except in models with large 18” wheels – smooth enough to prevent your badge collection bouncing round the spacious 540 litre boot. Okay, so enthusiastic drivers may be uninspired by the light steering and clunky transmission, but guide the Insignia to the motorway and it becomes an excellent cruiser.

Standard equipment includes air-conditioning, electric front windows, and cruise control, and the Exclusiv trim adds automatic headlights and climate control. The highly specified Elite also gets leather upholstery, parking sensors, and, of course, an exceptionally nice Insignia. This versatile estate is also available with the 'flexride' system that allows the driver to choose a sportier or more comfortable set-up.

According to Motoring.co.uk's new car database, prices for the new Vauxhall Insignia Tourer range from £15,995 - £34,540. Granted, the latter is a lot to pay for a modestly badged estate, but the Insignia is a likeable workhorse and considerably cheaper than a world class badge collection.