What is it?
The Vauxhall Insignia has been a familiar sight on British roads for years, but now it has an improved 2.0-litre diesel. Traditionally the 2.0 is a top-selling engine, and this new one puts it on more equal terms with the brilliant large hatchbacks and saloons that have appeared in recent times, such as Ford Mondeo, VW Passat and Mazda 6.
Vauxhall describes the engine as the third member of burgeoning 'Whisper' diesel family (the others are a 1.3 and a 1.6). Although it has a design relationship with the outgoing 161bhp CDTi, 95% of its components are new or updated.
This engine will soon go into the Zafira Tourer and Cascada. It offers 4% more power and 14% more torque than the outgoing engine, meets Euro 6 clean-air standards, and still manages to maintain the outgoing engine’s highly competitive CO2 output of 114g/km.
Vauxhall’s plan is to use it to replace both the 161bhp CDTi and the 193bhp twin-turbo diesel as its top-end diesel engine.