Vauxhall has announced the extension of its environmentally-sensitive ecoFLEX range with the introduction of an Insignia ecoFLEX variant.
Unusually, Vauxhall is happy to apply the green ecoFLEX label to any existing Insignia model – bar the sporty SRi – meaning everything from the entry-level Exclusiv trim to the range-topping Elite is available with a cleaner conscience.
What’s even more surprising is that remarkably little has been done to the 2.0-litre CDTi turbodiesel it’s based on, yet it achieves a 10% improvement in fuel economy. The engine produces the same 158hp, yet efficiency rises from 48.7mpg to 54.7mpg, and CO2 falls from 154g/km to 136g/km.
New ecoFLEX Insignias will even dispatch 0-62mph in a respectable 8.9 seconds, and go on to a top speed of 135mph.
The secret? A 10mm reduction in ride height and extra underbody cladding improve the Insignia’s aerodynamics, while low rolling resistance , taller first and second gears and a longer top gear help reduce fuel consumption.
There’s also a gearshift indicator gauge in the instrument cluster to encourage earlier gear changes.
With better mpg and CO2 figures than the equivalent Ford Mondeo ECOnetic, and a wider choice of trim and equipment levels, the Insignia ecoFLEX looks a worthy choice for your green cash. Business users will also appreciate the 18% Benefit In Kind taxation level.
The Vauxhall Insignia ecoFLEX is initially available as four-door saloon and five-door hatchback – an estate will follow later – and is priced from £19,600 to £25,745.
The Insignia ecoFLEX is on sale now.
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