Vauxhall is very proud of its new LED matrix headlights – so much so, that it insisted we test them as night fell. The technology is impressive, and few mass-market manufacturers have yet to offer it. The high beam setting stretches up to 400 metres down the road, and the illumination parts around oncoming cars to avoid dazzling the driver. It’s an impressive system, and allows for a much thinner headlight design, so adds a sporty look to the Insignia. It will cost you £1,100 as an option; try before you buy.
In fact, the Insignia offers a joyous amount of standard equipment, including forward-collision warning, automatic braking and a lane-departure warning system, heated mirrors, Apple CarPlay, a front camera and the company’s OnStar service, which can help you with free parking spaces and booking hotel rooms at your destination, among other things.
Options on the higher trim levels include active cruise control, park assist, rear camera, cross-traffic alert, heads-up display and ventilated and massaging seats. And, in another first for Vauxhall, there’s also now a bespoke trim level called Exclusive, which will create bespoke paint colours and unique wheel designs.
It’s a far cry from the Vectra of old. Best of all, the range starts at £1,500 less than the outgoing Insignia, from £17,115 to £26,455 for the 2.0T we drove.