Efficiency, practicality, comfort and sophisticated style have won the excellent quality Vauxhall Insignia both popularity and acclaim as a fleet car. Since Company Car Today magazine launched its CCT100 awards for the best company cars in 2018, it's won best upper medium car of the year both times. Indeed, the Insignia has been popular since it was launched in 2008, winning the European Car of the Year award the following year and outselling the Ford Mondeo. As the AA put it: “The Insignia continues to go from strength to strength.”
Here are six reasons why the Insignia should definitely be on your list when you're looking for your next fleet car…
The Insignia looks sleek, luxurious and businesslike both inside and out, with most models sporting a chrome-effect trim on the outside and alloy wheels. Inside, the cabin is comfortable and spacious, with chrome-effect door handles, a leather steering wheel and a snug driver's seat which is height-adjustable as standard. The steering column is adjustable for rake and reach too, so you should have no trouble finding a comfortable driving position.
There's plenty of storage, including an illuminated glovebox, front door pockets large enough for 1.5-litre water bottles, back door pockets large enough for one-litre bottles, cup holders, and four litres of storage in the front armrest.
A seven-speaker DAB radio with MP3, USB and Bluetooth connectivity is standard, along with a seven-inch touchscreen through which you can use Apple CarPlay or Android Auto to play your music. Steering wheel-mounted controls mean you can operate it without taking your hands off the wheel. There are also two reading lights in the front (with illuminated switches) and two more in the back.
There's plenty of room for products, luggage or equipment in the nicely-shaped 490-litre boot, which expands to 1,540 litres with the back seats folded. There are four load-securing rings to keep your luggage steady on the move, plus a load cover and a light so you can see what you're doing. If you're carrying heavy-duty cargo, the Insignia can also tow up to 1,950kg.
The back seats split-fold on all models: 60/40 on design, design nav and tech line nav trim, and 40/20/40 in all other versions – activated at the touch of a button in the latter case, so there's no faffing about.
The Insignia is responsive on the road, and particularly at home cruising on the motorway, with a smooth ride, power steering and cruise control as standard (again, operated by controls on the steering wheel). Both petrol and diesel engines are available; the most powerful option is the 2.0-litre 207bhp twin turbodiesel, which comes with four-wheel drive as standard and delivers 354lb ft of torque, a maximum speed of 145mph, and a 0-60mph time of 7.4 seconds.
The Insignia's very popularity as a fleet car keeps it competitively priced on the used market, and fuel economy is excellent, with the 1.6-litre 108bhp Ecotec turbodiesel returning up to 57.7mpg under WLTP figures, and carbon dioxide pollution of 116g/km. This is helped by both start-stop engine technology and low rolling resistance tyres, which are designed to improve fuel efficiency by reducing the energy lost as they roll.
If you're buying an Insignia from before April 2017, when the car tax rules changed, look out for models which produce less than 120g/km of carbon dioxide, as your annual road tax will only be £30.
The Insignia is available in eight trim levels: design, design nav, SRi, SRi nav, SRi VX line nav, tech line nav, elite nav and GSi nav. Models with nav in the name get, you guessed it, satellite navigation.
Equipment is generous on the base trim: a 12-volt socket, electric front and back windows (with an anti-pinch mechanism to protect little fingers), air conditioning with a pollen filter, and electric heated mirrors are all standard. You also get an electric handbrake to make parking easier, automatic headlights, a solar heat-absorbing windscreen to help keep the car cool inside on sunny days – and an alarm to let you know you've left your headlights on, so that you will never again be that person who comes back to a flat battery. The headlights also stay on for a short time after you get out of the car, so you can see your way to wherever you're going.
Sporty SRi trim adds front and rear parking sensors, front fog lights and automatic wipers, while elite nav adds a wireless phone charger, voice control for your phone, music and satellite navigation, and heated front seats which are height, reach and lumbar-adjustable. GSi nav has a driver's seat memory function – so if someone else drives your car, you can get it straight back to the right position afterwards.
The Insignia has achieved five stars every time it has been crash tested by Euro NCAP, and is awash with safety features. These include driver, front passenger, front side and curtain airbags, electronic stability control, hill start assist and tyre pressure monitoring. Also standard are ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution and emergency brake assist, which sends extra power to the brakes in an emergency. Plus there's also a warning system where the car sounds an alarm if you're approaching another vehicle too quickly, and brakes for you if you don't respond.
Similarly, the lane departure warning system sounds an alarm if you're doing more than 35mph and move out of your lane without steering or signalling – and if you don't respond, it steers you back into your lane. There's also a feature called active bonnet, designed to reduce head and upper body injuries to a pedestrian in an accident by moving the bonnet backwards and upwards (the resulting extra space underneath the bonnet helps absorb the impact).
If you're going to be using the Insignia as a family car too, there are ISOFIX child seat points and child locks.
When you buy from Carwise Group, you have the choice of a wide range of used cars and the peace of mind that comes with choosing a reputable used car dealer. You can arrange a test drive in one of our used Vauxhall Insignias by calling us at our Kent used car dealership on 01622 233151, or our Essex dealership on 01279 216163.
Alongside the Insignia, you might want to try out the stylish used Vauxhall ADAM, the popularused Vauxhall Mokka X, or the bestselling used Vauxhall Corsa or used Vauxhall Astra. Ask us about our car finance deals too.