Launch Pad: Vauxhall Insignia facelift

Vauxhall Insignia facelift

For the second time in a week, I’m off to Frankfurt, writes Motoring Research features writer Gavin Braithwaite-Smith.

But whereas last week it was all about Frankfurt Motor Show, this week it’s specifically to check out the new Vauxhall Insignia. And not only that, I’ll be joined by MR’s chief, Peter Burgess. So that’s PetrolBlog and MSN Cars covered.

I’m intrigued by the new Vauxhall Insignia – and not just because its available in full fat, VXR SuperSport guise, complete with its headline grabbing 170mph top speed. If you’re buying new, it’s impossible to go quicker for less than £30,000…

That’s all well and good, but back in the real world there’s the small matter of the new Insignia’s other headline act – the refreshed 2.0-litre turbodiesel, which could return as much as 76.3mpg whilst emitting just 99g/km CO2. Impressive stuff.

There’s a mild facelift too, along with a simplified interior which might just give the ageing Insignia the boost it needs in a fiercely competitive sector. It’s always been a good car, but it’s up against some truly great cars.

So Frankfurt it is. When it comes to taking on the Germans, will it be a case of ‘A4 for effort’ or ‘must try harder’ for the new Insignia?

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