Just come back from attending a preview of the Insignia, held at Millbrook.
Its a very impressive car - still not sure about the Toyota-esque grille but the rest of the car is very stylish and it has avoided the bloat of the Mondeo. They had put the new car next to a Mondeo and I have to say the interior of the Vauxhall is much classier, but also much smaller in the back.
The premium models are full of innovative features, adaptive headlamps, Flexi-ride adjustable suspension etc - and compulsory LED daytime running lights.
It drives very well indeed - the cream of the crop seems to be the SRi Turbo petrol but there are 130 and 160 diesels too. These are likely to be in a 159 near you next year in 136 and 163 hp forms if reports are to be believed. Drove a 130 diesel automatic too - but wasn't very impressed with that one. Front end grip is excellent but without the sharp turn in of an Alfa. Rear visibility is a bit marginal and the door mirrors are very small indeed. It is very refined though.
Styling is good enough to see off the Passat CC and has a Jaguar look around its rear end. And on your SRi you can have 20 inch wheels!!!
Highlight of the day was one lap on the handling course in a V6 4WD driven by a professional driver. If you thought you drove quickly, I can assure you, you were wrong. The ride was amazing and nobody came back unimpressed or without a stupid grin.
A very competitive car and a well organised event - but I still prefer my Alfa