Hot Car Deal – Vauxhall Insignia£8,000 off Vauxhall's popular large car

01 December 2012

IMPORTANT: Read the information at the bottom of this page before going ahead with any car purchase.

The Insignia is Vauxhall’s sophisticated large car contender with decent drive and feelsome steering, but it suffers from heavy depreciation, so it’s vital that you get the best deal you can if you’re buying new.

Vauxhall Insignia

Launched in 2009 as the replacement to the old Vectra, the Vauxhall Insignia has made a mark on the crowded large car market. You’re not spoilt for choice with the range, which comes in saloon, hatchback and estate body styles and a number of derivatives and engines to choose from, but the Insignia is very comfortable for the front passenger and there are no complaints over how it drives.

The problems come with its poor reliability - it scored a very poor 2 stars out of 5 for reliability in the latest Which? Car Survey. Other niggles include poor headroom for rear-seat passengers and a high starting price compared to some rivals.

Read our full review of the Vauxhall Insignia

£7,500 off our Top Choice Vauxhall Insignia

The Diesel option makes the most sense, with the top selling 160bhp 2.0 CDTi offering the best blend of performance, value and economy. The 2.0 CDTi diesel engine is lively, if a little noisy, and is easily capable of pulling a full load of passengers and luggage. Whereas the 1.4T petrol engine lacks torque at low revs. There seems little point in choosing the four-door saloon over the five-door hatchback version.

Nationwide cars has huge discounts on most of the Insignia models, and there are a lot to choose from. Our Top Choice model – the 2.0 CDTi SE [160] – is going for £17,675 which is more than £7,500 off the list price.

If you're concerned about winter driving, you might consider a 4x4 model, of which there are several in the Insignia range. Nationwide is selling the 4x4 version of our Top Choice model for £19,685 – a massive £8,307 saving.

Vauxhall Insignia

30% discount on economical Insignia

The mpg figures for the standard Insignia models aren’t that impressive by modern diesel standards. But Vauxhall offers the ecoFLEX models as the most fuel efficient in the Insignia range. The 2.0 CDTi ecoFLEX engine gives a claimed fuel economy of 65.7 mpg and eco-friendliness of 115 g/km.

Discounted New Cars is giving similar discounts to Nationwide cars, so make sure you check the offers on both sites when you have decided your preferred model. We found the 2.0 CDTi ecoFLEX SRi for £17,304 at Discounted New Cars, which is £7,436 (or 30%) off the list price.

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Hot Deal hunters please note:

  • The car brokers and deals featured are not vetted, endorsed or recommended by Which?. Always check the specifics of the deal so you know exactly what you are getting and who is supplying the car. Make sure all aspects of the deal are confirmed in writing before committing to buy.
  • Not all brokers deal in UK sourced vehicles, and this may have an impact on standard equipment and warranty levels.
  • The term ‘pre-reg’ or ‘pre-registered’ refers to vehicles that are brand new but already registered with the DVLA. This means that you will appear as the second owner on the V5 registration document.
  • Beware of unscrupulous brokers who tell you they will have to retain the V5 registration document for a period of time after your purchase of the car. Vehicles sold this way may be cheap, but there are legal implications, including the risk that you the buyer could be committing a criminal offence when you drive the car, so they should be avoided.