The new Vauxhall Insignia VXR has the kind of performance that makes your heart thump like a heavyweight boxer
The new Vauxhall Insignia VXR has the kind of performance that makes your heart thump like a heavyweight boxer. Power comes courtesy of the 2.8-litre 320hp V6 engine that propels the VXR, and its middle management driver, to 60mph in 5.8 seconds. Top speed is 155mph which is remarkable for a vehicle listed in Motoring.co.uk's database from only £32,290.As well as eye watering performance the Insignia VXR's handling is impressive. This is partly due to this four-wheel drive beast's FlexRide system. This allows the driver to change the handling characteristics to three pre-defined configurations. For example, in 'standard' mode the Insignia VXR is competent and relaxing. Switch to 'sport' to stiffen the suspension - then to 'VXR' to sharpen the steering, increase throttle response, and stiffen the ride further. This FlexRide system is commendable as it allows the Insignia VXR to be all things to all managers. It snorts down the road like a crazy sales focused executive, then at the flick of a switch becomes a comfortable motorway cruiser. Pretty impressive for a vehicle that – let's not forget – is essentially a practical five-seater family car. Granted, a family car with more attitude than a corporate function. Further incentives to buy the Insignia VXR include its comprehensive specification. This includes the VXR exterior/interior styling, limited slip differential, automatic headlights, and rain sensing wipers. Options include the eight-way electrically adjustable leather seats, and 20” alloys that are so vast they may have been inspired by a tractor tyre. So, there we go. Proof that Vauxhall can make a decent performance vehicle. The new Insignia VXR may not be everyone's first choice, you could certainly buy a more prestigious machine for the money, but it remains a distinctive, powerful, and enjoyable way to race between meetings.