Review

Vauxhall Insignia hatchback

When the Vauxhall Insignia won European Car of the Year in 2009, Vauxhall targeted the new car at premium saloons such as the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class. In truth, though, the car has always been more of a match for large family cars such as the Ford Mondeo, Citroen C5, and Honda Accord.

Vauxhall has plenty of experience building big family hatchbacks, and it shows in the car's pretty, coupe-like looks, practical use of interior space, and decent range of engines. That means customers can choose from a small 1.4-litre turbocharged engine all the way up to a 2.8-litre petrol that delivers 321bhp in the Vauxhall Insignia VXR Supersports. There's a wide range of diesel engines too, with varying levels of power and economy.