Fleet News

Our Fleet: Vauxhall Insignia 2.0 CDTI ecoFLEX 130 Exclusiv Start Stop - July 2012

BIK List Price
Vauxhall Insignia BIK list price
BIK Percentage
Vauxhall Insignia BIK Percent
Vauxhall Insignia CO2
Combined MPG
Vauxhall Insignia MPG


It’s taken less than three years for stop-start technology to win a front-line role in the battle to cut tailpipe emission levels.

But will the gadgetry that saves fuel by stopping engines when they’re not needed and firing them up again automatically prove to be reliable in the long term?

The question is prompted by the on-off behaviour of the system fitted to our long term Vauxhall Insignia: it was on for 2,600 miles but then turned itself off and remained dormant during the three days it took to drive a further 600 miles.

Over the considerable distance the car has covered in the meantime, the equipment has failed to operate on three more occasions but has come back to life after only relatively short periods, adding further to the mystery of its on-off behaviour.

For all that, the Insignia is putting in a sterling performance in every other respect and is turning out to be a star act when it comes to operating efficiency.

Backed by a generous tank capacity, the car’s ability to return regular consumption figures on the better side of 50mpg makes it ideal for drivers who need to cover long distances without the penalty of wasting valuable time on service station forecourts and the higher gearing that comes with the ecoFLEX packaging gives our model a particularly relaxed cruising gait to make light of motorway mile munching.

The relatively generous specification that comes with the Exclusiv trim level also provides all the conveniences that help cut the stress of long periods at the wheel.

With stretching room for its occupants, this is comfortable transport indeed and I’m impressed that it’s possible to adjust the height of the driver’s seat and change the level of lumbar support by pressing a couple of buttons - an unexpected touch of luxury in this class of car.

By Maurice Glover

Top Speed
Vauxhall Insignia Top Speed
VED band
Vauxhall Insignia Ved
Fuel Type
Vauxhall Insignia Fuel Type
Residual Value
3 Year 60k : £5,350
4 Year 80k : £4,225
Running Cost (ppm)
3 Year 60k : 41.36
4 Year 80k : 36.23

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

Vauxhall Mokka and Mokka-e | improved look gives greater kerb appeal

Despite its sales success the Mokka never won the hearts of the motoring media. This new version aims to rectify that.

First drive: Mazda6 2.2D 150 SE-L car review

Major interior updates but minimal exterior revisions for key fleet model

Search Car Reviews