Vaux­hall In­signia

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORING -

LET’S face it . . . it’s some­thing we’ve all done.

You leave your car on a vast and packed shop­ping cen­tre open air car park and you come back to re­alise you have for­got­ten ex­actly where you left it.

So our In­signia Sports Tourer’s elec­tri­cal­ly­op­er­ated hatch­back proved to be use­ful in an un­in­tended way.

Stand in the mid­dle of roughly where you think you left the car, push the re­mote but­ton and, hey-presto, a door as­cends three rows away.

A fea­ture more com­monly found on more up­mar­ket ve­hi­cles, the elec­tric rear door is stan­dard on Vaux­hall’s Sports Tourer Elite, along with a raft of other equip­ment which you would strug­gle to find on any other large es­tate car priced at just a shade over £25,000.

The lat­est, facelifted In­signias hit our roads last Oc­to­ber and have quickly be­come a reg­u­lar sight.

Com­pet­i­tive pric­ing (from £16,279) and best in class MPG fig­ures from diesel and Ecoflex mod­els (a claimed up to 88 miles from ev­ery gal­lon on a long run for the 2.0CDTi thanks to the In­signia be­ing the most aero­dy­namic car in its class) have also helped Vaux­hall shift loads.

The 2014 model changes in­cluded re­freshed ex­te­rior front and rear styling, new in­te­rior fas­cia and con­trols, op­tional 8in touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment dis­play, four new en­gine choices, en­hance­ments to chas­sis dy­nam­ics and a near £2,000 price cut over the out­go­ing model.

Our test car had the 1.6i turbo petrol en­gine which, I sus­pect, will end up be­ing quite a rare beast as the vast majority of buy­ers will go for the su­per-eco­nom­i­cal diesel and Ecoflex vari­ants, which will bet­ter by a good 20mpg the 45.6mpg fig­ures of this model (53 on a long run).

Pric­ing for the New In­signia starts at £16,279 for the De­sign, up to £29,329 for the Elite model.

●● The 2014 In­signia range

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