Insignia 5-dr 2.0 CDTi ecoFLEX 130PS Exclusiv Nav Start/Stop
you consider the Insignia to be
merely a company
car and not much
else, you need to revise your view
particularly the versatile five-door
powered by the 2.0-litre CDTi in its
most frugal ecoFLEX guise...
BUYERS AFTER A LOW-CO2 MAINSTREAM car often have to settle for low-power
engines but Vauxhall's 128bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesel ecoFLEX means you
can be green and do more than just hope to keep up with traffic.
The '130PS' ecoFLEX produces 128bhp from its four cylinders backed up by a hefty
221lb ft of torque between 1,750 and 2,500rpm. And yet it manages to keep emissions
low at 116g/km and fuel economy high: 62.4mpg in the combined
cycle (urban 53.3; extra-urban 72.4mpg). After a week's driving in our hands
the driver's information display was showing a very acceptable 50.5mpg. Which,
given the Insignia's 4.9 x 1.9-metre footprint, is a notable result.
So, does that make it a player or is it all smoke and mirrors? Get behind the
wheel of the ecoFLEX and you'll be very pleasantly surprised very quickly because
there's no 'eco' compromise: it doesn't sound 'diesely'; drives just like a
normal 128bhp turbodiesel; and even in top gear there's still good response
to the throttle.
may say 'economy special' on the label but with 0-60mph coming up in a respectable
10.4 seconds and a maximum speed of 129mph, you can't criticise its on-road
You cant criticise the
and-go it accelerates
fluently and cruising
along at the legal limit it
goes about its business
without any fuss,
smoothly eating up
With 221lb ft of torque on tap, the ecoFLEX accelerates fluently. And cruising
along at the legal limit it goes about its business without any fuss (helped
by an easy-changing six-speed manual 'box), smoothly eating up the miles. And
at times like this, driven on a light throttle, you'll begin to wonder if the
fuel gauge has stopped working, so slowly does it drop.
As part of its 'eco' make-up this Insignia runs, as standard, on low-resistance
rubber although our test car was riding on a set of upgraded (£490) smart-looking,
multispoke 18-inch alloy wheels with 245/45R 18 Continental ContiContactSport
Green it might be but the ecoFLEX is also really pleasant to drive. It feels
composed on major roads and away from them you get decent body control with
direct, responsive steering, positive brakes (discs all round) and sure grip
through corners. Placing the Insignia precisely is easy and the ride is more
than acceptable, soaking up the worst of the bumps so both you and your passengers
can climb out at the end of a long journey suitably unshaken.
Although not obvious, the ecoFLEX wears a full set of aerodynamic aids to enhance
how far each precious litre of fuel goes, including drag-reducing underbody
panelling, a lowered ride height and, under the bonnet, a Start/Stop system
making sure stop-start urban traffic driving is as economical as possible.
Neither does greening-up mean a hair-shirt interior. Standard kit on the ecoFLEX
includes electronic climate control with AirCon, SatNav with 7-inch colour screen,
cruise control, electric parking brake, power height-adjustment plus four-way
power lumbar adjustment on the driver's seat, auto lights, one-shot power front
windows (manual wind-ups in the back), power adjustable heated door mirrors,
auto drive-off central locking, trip computer, driver's sunglasses holder and
a 60:40 split-folding rear seat with load-through facility.
equipment is headlined by a five-star Euro NCAP rating plus airbags for all
(including full-size curtain airbags), Electronic Stability Programme, active-safety
front seat head restraints, ISOFIX child seat fixtures, etc.
doors and five
seats is what you get and
at close to five metres
long and almost two
metres wide, theres
room in all directions
for real-world adults
both in the front
and even in the back
of the Insignia hatch...
doors and five seats is what you get and at close to five metres long and almost
two metres wide, there's room in all directions for real-world adults both in
the front and in the back of the Insignia hatch.
positive impressions start with the doors they close with the reassuring
sound of quality. Head and leg room is in good supply wherever you sit and drivers
will find it easy to set a driving position that's just right for them personally
thanks to the generous range of seat and steering wheel adjustment a
nice touch is the extending front seat base for better under-knee support and
the power seat height and lumbar adjustment.
The cloth-upholstered seats in a smart black and white fabric with a
3D feel are effectively bolstered and particularly comfortable, especially
so on long journeys.
More driver convenience is provided by headrests that adjust easily thanks to
quick-release buttons on the sides, height-adjustable front seatbelts and a
sunglasses holder in the driver's headlining. The centre armrest features damped
closing (the accommodating cubby beneath it offers a 12V power outlet, SD card
slot, USB and AUX ports) and the traditional handbrake has been replaced by
a parking brake button on the fascia.
Another appreciated touch is the digital mph readout that can be displayed on
the driver's information screen (other choices include range and key navigation
prompts). Scrolling through the functions is easy via a button on the indicator
And talking of which, the driver can easily disable the one-touch-3-flash indicators
for the more traditional and more practical setting. The SatNav
is well sited and easy to take in at a glance with, if you want, key directions
slaved to the driver display. Four individual chrome-rimmed dials larger
speedo and rev-counter; smaller fuel and temperature use crystal-clear
white markings on black faces: still the best visual combination.
The cabin architecture is tasteful with smart satin chrome trim delineating
the fascia and door capping inserts, and the neatly integrated centre stack
creates a welcoming two-seat cockpit feel enjoyed by both driver and front passenger.
the sloping coupe-esque roofline, the rear cabin is airy and, if you're less
than six foot, you won't have any problems with headroom. A wide, well padded
centre armrest separates outer seats that match those in the front and adds
to the restful ambience; it also permits a useful load-through hatch to the
large, wide and long 530-litre boot.
Undeniably a handsome
machine, the Insignia
has strong presence,
particularly at the
business end seeing
one coming up in your
rear-view mirror it
appears as substantial
as a big Merc...
Drop the split-fold rear seats and you'll have 1,470 litres of versatile loadbay
with a flat, full-length floor. And, commendably, the rear wiper clears most
of the rear screen so rearward visibility on wet roads is good.
Heavy rear three-quarter pillars mean you'll be glad of the parking sensors
when the time comes. You'll also be pleased to know that, should you ever need
it, there's a full-size spare wheel so you can continue your journey without
a handsome machine, the Insignia has strong presence, particularly at the business
end coming up behind you, it appears as substantial and intimidating
in your rear-view mirror as a big Mercedes-Benz.
This ecoFLEX Insignia combines style, space and comfort with family-size practicality
a combo perfectly suited for motorists wanting a large 'green' family
hatch. It's also pleasantly driveable and, perhaps best of all, it makes every
litre of expensive diesel go that important extra mile. MotorBar
CDTi ecoFLEX 130PS Exclusiv Nav Start/Stop | £23,040
Maximum speed: 129mph | 0-60mph: 10.4 seconds | Overall test MPG: 50.5mpg
Power: 128bhp | Torque: 221lb ft | CO2 116g/km