People do the strangest things, don’t they? For the life of me, I’ve never been able to understand what would motivate someone to jump out of an aeroplane, run a marathon or, until recently, buy a Vauxhall Insignia
. And yet, thousands upon thousands of people do exactly these things every single year.
You see, the previous Insignia - like the Vectra before it – simply wasn’t very good. It wasn’t particularly comfortable, particularly quiet, particularly practical, particularly well-equipped or particularly cheap
. On top of all that, it was simultaneously as common as muck and as dull as dishwater. But despite all that, it always remained one of the UK’s best-selling cars. The question is, why?
To try and find out, I’ve taken delivery of the new version – in Sports Tourer
, to you and me) form, to get familiar with it and see if there’s something about the car that only those-in-the-know can see. On paper it suits my needs, because it has plenty of space
for my two young children and all their associated gubbins, and an economical diesel
engine that returns official fuel economy of 62.8mpg, saving me money at the pumps that I can instead spend on buying more gubbins for the kids.
We’ve chosen SRi Nav trim, because it balances a good amount of luxury kit with an affordable price, but also because it gives the already-handsome Insignia a slightly sleeker, sportier look. We’ve also embellished our car with a few optional extras – details of which can be found at the bottom of the page – to a total of around three grand.
Even at this early stage, though, my little experiment seems to be going off the rails slightly. That’s because, unlike its predecessor, the latest Insignia actually appears to be quite good. Not only is it practical, rammed with kit and good to look at, it’s also comfortable, quiet and secure on the road, it gives punchy performance, and the economy
is living up to expectations. Bad news for my experiment, but good news for me and my family.