A new 2.0 litre CDTI diesel engine, aerodynamic tweaks, low rolling resistance tyres and a start/stop system mean the car has dropped 10% on Co2 from 129g/km to 115g/km, matching exactly its two rivals’ lowest polluting models.
This means the new Insignia ecoFLEX diesel now falls in to the lowest 13 per cent Benefit-In-Kind tax band for the first time; there is no VED on the hatchback and saloon; and no VED in year one on the Sports Tourer (estate).
As you’d expect of a car tuned for economy (because less fuel used means lower emissions of course), it’s no rocket ship with 0-60 taking 10.4 seconds and a vmax of 129mph for the 130PS model. There is also an ecoFLEX diesel with 160PS which makes 8.9 seconds and 137mph, but doesn’t achieve the headlining Co2 figure — Vauxhall seems coy on what it does make, but our guess is 120g/km. Important if you have a company car and want to avoid paying too much tax but don’t want to get laughed at in the car park.
The ecoFLEX set up is available with several trim levels and all body configurations and starts from £20,345 for the ES 2.0 CDTi (130PS) ecoFLEX Start/Stop Hatchback and goes up to £29,385 for the all singing, all dancing SRi Nav Vx Line Red Sports Tourer (160PS) ecoFLEX.