April-May 2017 News


This is the first fruit of the partnership between PSA Group and Vauxhall/Opel, with the Crossland X small SUV now on sale. Sharing its underpinnings with the Peugeot 2008, the Vauxhall-badged vehicle also shares its 1.6-litre diesel engines in 98 and 118bhp guises. The diesel model line-up kicks off at £18,595 and rises to £21,240, with five trim levels on offer – SE, SE Nav, Tech Line Nav, Elite and Elite Nav. Standard equipment includes Vauxhall’s OnStar concierge system, dual-zone climate control, DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control and automatic headlights and wipers. Tech Line Nav versions also boast rear parking sensors, an alarm system, ambient lighting, rear privacy glass, an eight-inch navigation system, a contrasting coloured roof in black, white or grey, alloy-effect kickplates front and rear and a flexible boot floor. Elite models build on this equipment (minus the navigation system) with the addition of 17-inch alloy wheels and the Elite Nav version adds the same navigation system as found on Tech Line Nav versions. CO2 emissions kick off as low as 93g/km, with fuel economy of 78.5mpg quoted as official figures. All versions come fitted with stop-start technology and selective catalyst reduction to neutralise harmful gasses.

With the second-generation Insignia arriving in UK showrooms this summer, Vauxhall has announced prices for its new large hatchback and estate. The Grand Sport has a five-door fastback design, while the Sports Tourer is a five-door estate, with the cheapest model in the range costing £18,485 for a 109bhp Grand Sport Design 1.6 Turbo D ecoTEC BlueInjection model. This represents a £2,650 reduction in price compared to the outgoing model. Seven trim levels are on offer – Design, Design Nav, SRi, SRi Nav, SRi VX-Line Nav, Tech Line Nav and Elite Nav, along with three different engines. There’s 109bhp and 134bhp 1.6-litre units and a 168bhp 2.0-litre powerplant, mated to a selection of six-speed manual, six-speed automatic and eight-speed automatic transmissions. All models, including entry-level Design versions, include air conditioning, cruise control, 17-inch structure wheels, automatic headlights, keyless entry and start, DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and Vauxhall’s OnStar concierge system. SRi versions add alloy wheels, front fog lights, rear privacy glass, dual-zone climate control, a rain sensor and auto-dimming rear view mirror, as well as sports front seats and pedals. SRi VX-Line Nav editions gain a VXR-inspired bodykit, larger 18-inch alloy wheels on 2.0-litre engines, a heated flat-bottomed leather steering wheel, dark headlining and a larger 4.2-inch colour instrument display. Nav models adopt the same equipment as their respective versions, with the addition of an eight-inch touchscreen navigation system. Move up to Tech Line Nav trim and it boasts all of the equipment found on the Design Nav model with the addition of 17-inch alloy wheels, chrome inserts on the door handles, parking sensors front and rear, dualzone climate control, a rain sensor, autodimming rear view mirror and a 4.2-inch instrument display. The flagship Elite Nav versions also feature larger 18-inch bi-colour alloy wheels on 2.0-litre models, heated leather seats, heated rear seats on Sports Tourer versions, rear privacy glass, front fog lights and Intellilux LED matrix headlights, in addition to a colour eight-inch instrument cluster display. Sports Tourer models are only offered with 2.0-litre diesel engines and cost an extra £1,500 compared to the Grand Sport five-door hatchback models.