LITTLE AND LARGE SUITS INSIGNIA
PUTTING a 1.4-litre petrol engine in a car the size of a Vauxhall Insignia sounds a terrible idea – but it's anything but.
The addition of a turbocharger gives the tiny 1.4-litre petrol engine fitted to this Insignia a decent 140bhp punch, exactly the same as the 1.8-litre petrol engine but with less effort required from the driver. It also reduces CO2 improves fuel consumption.
A 10.8 second sprint to 60mph from standstill isn't going to cause enduring embarrassment and the 129mph top speed means that you won't have to be rowing through the gears when the motorway heads uphill.
It's tough to detect a turbo at work as the acceleration pours on seamlessly. The experience is much like that of a 2.0-litre petrol car were it not for the 1.4 turbo's superior mid range flexibility and torque.
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It's a big car and whether you choose saloon, lookalike hatchback or the Sports Tourer estate model you'll be guaranteed room to stretch out.
For most private buyers, the entry-level point to Insignia motoring will be at ES or Exclusiv level. Exclusiv offers a decent level of standard equipment that includes ABS brakes and ESP stability control, automatic headlamps, electric adjustment of the driver's seat height and lumber support, single-zone air conditioned climate control front, side and curtain airbags and even cruise control.
Above this level sit SE, Elite and sporty SRi variants with navigation and VXR styling packs that can be added.
There's a lot to like about the Insignia in general and the 1.4-litre Turbo model in particular. The asking price for this 1.4T model is a tad optimistic, but otherwise the report card for this 140ps engine is almost universally favourable.