At Vauxhall, we strongly believe in our products, confident that they can compete with the very best in terms of dynamic styling through to engineering excellence and leading-edge innovation. But then, you wouldn’t expect anything less!
Sunday Mirror - Quentin Wilson – 16/06/13
"Vauxhall has made its already excellent Insignia more refined and cheaper too"
Motoring – 08/07/13
"There is no doubt the Insignia range will continue to rival the Volkswagen Passat and the Ford Mondeo".
"We'd like to point out that it's actually not a new Vauxhall Insignia, more a facelift... Doesn't it look smart? We've long maintained that Vauxhall is now churning out some good looking cars, and this new 'Sig is no exception"
"There are big changes afoot under the bonnet and in the cabin. It's also cheaper than the outgoing model"
"The Vauxhall Insignia has been given a major makeover that centres on greater in-car refinement, much-reduced running costs for company drivers and list price cuts of £3,500 to £5,000"
"Vauxhall has pulled the wraps off its new upper medium Insignia, which is tipped to give it the edge over class rivals within the core company car market"
Business Car Manager
"If you want to slash your company car tax bill, check out Vauxhall's new Insignia."
"Inside there is a completely redesigned centre console with fewer buttons, which should make life easier for drivers"
"Aimed at a 5% improvement in "true fleet" sales, new Insignias get lightly refreshed styling inside and out, with chassis improvements boosting ride quality and refinement"
"You’ll certainly notice the new prices. And when you open the door there’s a big difference inside, too."
"The Passat is still a strong contender, despite its age, but the surprise here is how the Insignia comes top in so many categories. The Volkswagen might have more luggage space, but the Insignia's case is compelling.
Winner: Vauxhall Insignia."
International Fleet World - July 2014
International Fleet World (IFW) Magazine decided to try and drive an Insignia 2.0CDTi (120PS) from Vauxhall HQ in Luton to the European HQ in Russelsheim (Germany), and back again on one tank of fuel! A round trip of nearly 1000 miles. Despite 90 minutes of grid locked traffic in Belgium and strong head winds in France; this is how they got on….
“Nobody can drive 990 miles from the UK to Germany and back on one tank of fuel, can they? IFW sent Alex Grant across Europe in the refreshed Insignia.”
“It had breezed it. With two adults, 30kg of photography gear, a headwind and Brussels traffic against us, the Insignia had not only got us back to Luton with range to spare, but it had made it look easy. We’d averaged 68 mpg over 986 miles, enough to cover an incredible 1045 miles on one tank of diesel…,”
The Daily Mirror (Quentin Wilson)
“The whole thing has a premium look and feel”
“The Cascada certainly does consolidate the more adventurous turn the Vauxhall range has taken in the last year”
The Daily Mirror (Richard Hammond)
“I reckon the first large four-seat convertible Vauxhall has made since the 1930s looks pretty classy”
“The stunning new Cascada convertible will be the flagship aimed at helping Vauxhall to overtake Ford as the UK’s best-selling brand by 2015”
Telegraph Motoring - Andrew English
"The massive fabric hood is something to behold. You'll not see such a device outside a Bentley"
The Sun Motors - Ken Gibson
"I drove the Cascada for nearly 400 miles over two days. And it was a relaxing stress-free and enjoyable experience, which marked it out as a convertible that is a useable everyday car and a genuine four-seater".
The Sunday Times Driving - Giles Smith
"A tour through the Alps in the emperor's hoofprints shows Vauxhall is serious about capturing territory from upmarket rivals with its deluxe convertible".
What Car? - Vicky Parrott
"Ultimately, is the added space and the sleek looks appeal, then the Cascada won't disappoint."
Autocar - Mark Tisshaw (Twin test against Audi A5 Cabrio)
"On the morning drive to the ferry, it's the Vauxhall that impresses more. Its cabin seems to stay a bit toastier that Audi's in the wintery weather and it proves to be a more comfortable motorway companion".
Diesel Car (Twin test against Peugeot 308 CC)
"Superior driving calibre and more stylish proportions win the day here. We applaud the Cascada for its chic looks, quick hood and slick good manners. It's the drop-top contest winner"
Sunday Express - Adam Towler
"Vauxhall wants the design-savvy buyers to purchase Cascadas, partly because people tend to have more money to spend but also in the hope that some of this trend-setting lustre will rub off on the manufacturer as a whole. To achieve that, Vauxhall has endowed the Cascada with sophisticated styling and at its core is a simple, value-for-money proposition".
"The Ampera is absolutely stuffed with innovation."
"It has impressed my since I first drove one on the press launch..."
"It is a fine car to drive thanks to the low noise levels, fine handling, effortless, responsive electric drive system and of course, you do not have to worry about range."
"It's quick too, thanks to the electric motor's high torque."
"It's a superb design, brilliantly executed."
“For a start, it looks great. That coupe-like silhouette wraps around a well-finished futuristic interior that seats four in comfort with room for luggage”.
“Mounting the battery that low also results in incredibly stable, sporty, handling, ride quality – set slightly firmer than the volt”.
“The Vauxhall Ampera is the firm’s most important new car in a generation, and could lay the blueprint for how all future cars are powered”.
“Even with the engine running the car is efficient”.
“Acceleration is punchy and as smooth and seamless as any electric car”.
“It is a family car re-engineered for a 21st century that demands giant leaps in fuel efficiency. Nothing short of revolutionary, in other words”.
The Sunday Mirror – Quentin Wilson
“This is a truly game-changing motor that could help free you from the tyranny of fossil fuel – no wonder it’s been named European Car of the Year”.
“I was so bowled over that I took a deep breath and ordered one”.
“The much-hyped Vauxhall Ampera is now finally available to order and offers the most realistic alternative-fuel solution yet to business drivers”.
“Exceptionally refined, regardless of whether you’re travelling in full electric mode or on petrol, and the transition between the two is seamless”.
“Cabin quality is excellent, with soft-touch plastics and it’s easy to get a comfortable driving position thanks to plenty of available adjustments to the steering column and seats”.
“It’s a far more realistic vision of an electric car-future. Not only because it eliminates the range anxiety felt with nearly every pure EV, but because it feels so genuinely usable”.
Fleet World - July 2014
“It’s a thoroughly modern unit, too. Vauxhall has used a variable turbocharger to offer smooth and progressive power delivery, a new multiple injection common rail system for a more efficient combustion cycle and fitted a NOx trap in the exhaust to meet Euro six requirements. The six-speed gearbox is also new.”
Fleet World - July 2014
“…there’s a lot to be impressed with here. GM calls this the ‘Whisper Diesel’ and, even from cold, the engine lives up to its nickname. There’s a barely perceptible whirr, but almost no rattle even when idling and the engine is almost silent while driving. It’s a huge change from the 1.7 CDTi, which was hardly a noisy engine”
Fleet World - July 2014
“The 1.6 CDTi is a delight to drive in the Astra, with impressive refinement and on-road performance.”
“This major redesign has transformed Vauxhall’s humdrum hatchback into a squat and sexy VW Scirocoo rival”
“Aggressive details such as the wide front grille, flatted wheel arches and optional 19-inch wheels mean its Vauxhall’s best-looking car for a long time”.
“Vauxhall has shoe-horned in the nifty HiPerStrut front suspension from the Insignia VXR – a move which shows Vauxhall is serious about the GTC being a car for people who enjoy driving”.
“Really impressive was the accuracy and crispness of the GTC’s steering and the agility of its chassis”
“And when you see the GTC in the metal you can their confidence is not misplaced – it’s the most striking thing they have done since the Calibra”.
The Daily Mirror
“I’m not sure Vauxhall is being wise here because coupe implies that there’s not much room in the back of the car, when in fact there’s enough head and legroom for a couple of adults”
“It’s a genuinely fun drive, and surprisingly different from the hatchback’s softer, more family-focused approach, and fulfills Vauxhall’s promise about setting the GTC up as a more sporting drive”.
“From a whole-life costs perspective, the GTC has the best combination of price and emissions, at least in this top diesel spec”.
“The GTC is sporty good fun to drive and the new supermodel of the Astra range. Good job, Vauxhall”.
Daily Star - Mark Forsyth
“Vauxhall’s hot new VXR hatchback simply out of this world”.
“Those Vauxhall chassis engineers have done a really impressive job”.
The Sunday Times – Andrew Frankel
“This car is unquestionably the fastest in its class: more power and torque than any close competitor see to that”.
“It’s massively quick, handles brilliantly, sounds the business when the engine’s pushed harder and yet it can still cope with mundane everyday driving”.
The Daily Telegraph - Chris Knapman
“The first surprise is the ride, which defies expectations”.
“Vauxhall’s latest contender – the new Astra VXR – is definitely the most promising: it has more power, more torque and more performance-boosting technology than all of its rivals”
“The VXR also produces an exhaust note that sounds like nothing else on the road”
The Scottish Sun
“In the hot hatchwalk fashion stakes – it’s the best-looking Astra ever – and the new style king of this sector”.
“Rate it as the most able hatchback on sale”.
Fleet World - July 2014
‘With a generous specification, improved fuel consumption, lower emissions and a larger load area, new Vivaro looks set to rapidly build upon the success of the previous model.’
‘The 120hp model is the most impressive of the four [New Vivaro vans], delivering up to 49.9mpg and just 155g/km of CO2… Better still, it will be priced at £255 less than the previous van, despite the fact that all Vivaro models have a higher specification including standard ESP.’
Business Car - July 2014
'The new BiTurbo engines are refined and punchy, and the 120HP version driven here feels more powerful than it says on paper, and given the almost class-leading efficiency it's very effective. It should certainly be the engine of choice.'
'The ride is comfortable without compromising body control.. The new Vivaro impresses in many ways.'
Fleet Van - July 2014
'[The Combo] is powered by a 1.6-litre turbodiesel powerplant offering 105HP and a 214lb-ft of torque at a very low 1,500rpm, which equates to quite a turn of speed at low revs. Stop-start technology comes as standard, which is estimated to reduce fuel use by up to 15% in urban areas.'
'The Combo offers rock solid build quality that puts it right among the premium marques, while the driver's seat is supremely supportive, with an adjustable lumbar bar.'
'On the road, the 105HP unit is lively despite its diminutive 1.6-litre size and ride and handling are a delight.'
'Verdict: We are going to see more and more of these sector-blurring models in the future. If you don't need three seats, why pay more for a bigger van that holds exactly the same amount of cargo?'
Images and colours shown are for illustrative purposes only and may show optional equipment.
^£28,750 on-the-road cost for Ampera includes £5,000 Plug-in Car Grant.
* = Excludes fuel & lubricants; congestion charges; parking and speeding fines and the £250 insurance excess (if applicable).