VAUXHALL: Insignia receives updates for its 2020 model year
Available to order now with first deliveries expected in the summer, the updated 2020 Vauxhall Insignia gets mild styling tweaks, extra tech and a 227hp range-topping petrol GSi model.
Vauxhall is keeping the Insignia competitive against its main rivals that include Volkswagen’s recently updated Passat, the freshly updated Skoda Superb and the well-received Peugeot 508.
In the styling department, you’d be forgiven for thinking that nothing much has changed. However, the more astute will notice a reprofiled front bumper and a different grille, both with new chrome inserts, and reshaped headlights. The rear end has two chrome pieces designed to look like exhaust tips. Apart from those, the 2020 Insignia remains largely unchanged from the outgoing model.
Five trim levels are available – SE Nav, SRi Nav, SRi VX-Line Nav, Ultimate Nav and the aforementioned GSi. The range-entry SE Nav includes front and rear parking sensors, cruise control, auto wipers and LED lights (with auto high-beam), and a seven-inch touchscreen with satnav, DAB radio, Bluetooth and Apple/Android connectivity. SRi Nav adds exterior trim pieces, illuminated interior mirrors and storage pockets in the seatbacks.
Walk up the range to SRi VX-Line Nav and you’ll find plenty of extra kit. It gets a superior eight-inch satnav system, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, wireless phone charging, a Bose sound system, leather upholstery and keyless entry/start. As the sporty-looking model, it also gets different bumpers, privacy glass, 20-inch alloy wheels, and sports pedals.
Ultimate Nav shares much of the same equipment but focuses on luxury rather than sportiness. Topping the range is the quick GSi model, with even sportier looks, red brake calipers, paddle shifters, a rear spoiler and sports suspension. Higher-spec cars get IntelliLux LED Pixel headlights that provide full-beam power without dazzling other drivers.
Inside, little has changed apart from the touchscreen which has a few new graphics, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard across the range. A rear-view camera is fitted, and you can have rear cross-traffic alert as an option to make reversing out of parking spaces easier.
For the new Insignia’s powertrains, Vauxhall is offering three petrols and two diesel engines. Kicking off the range is a 1.4-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with 143hp, which officially returns 45.6mpg and CO2 emissions of 144g/km.
Above that will be a 2.0-litre engine available in two states of tune; 197hp or 227hp. The latter is reserved for the range-topping GSi model, but both come exclusively with a nine-speed automatic gearbox and all-wheel drive. It gets adjustable suspension, adaptive dampers and Brembo brakes, too.
The range-entry diesel will be a 1.5-litre three-cylinder BlueHDi engine with 120hp. It’s paired with a six-speed manual gearbox and you can expect 57.6mpg and 130g/km of CO2. This model will prioritise economy over performance, and is likely to be the least quick in the range.
A 172hp 2.0-litre diesel engine is also available on higher-spec models. Both diesels can be had with an eight-speed automatic and both are RDE2 compliant, which means business drivers won’t pay the 4% surcharge on diesel.
A plug-in hybrid model is also expected and is likely to use the 197hp 1.6-litre petrol engine and two electric motors for a combined total output of 296hp and will post similar performance figures to the Grandland X Hybrid4 PHEV. That car manages 0-62mph in 6.5 seconds, a top speed of 136mph and a 30-mile electric-only range.