THE Vauxhall Insignia wins its second category here, taking the crown in our large company car category, which applies to cars that measure in at more than 4.5m long – reflecting the fact that many SMEs divide their company car choice list on such as basis: small cars and large cars.
This was a really hard-fought category, featuring accomplished premium offerings like Jaguar’s saloon and the Mercedes E-Class, as well as some newer additions to the class, including the Mazda 6 and Citroen DS5.
In the end it was the Vauxhall Insignia 2.0 CDTi Design ecoFLEX that won out for our judges because of its excellent all-round ability. Fine, it doesn’t wear a Mercedes or a Jaguar badge but this facelifted car feels like a really quality offering as soon as you step inside.
Vauxhall Insignia 2.0 CDTi Design ecoFLEX
- CO2: 98g/km
- Fuel consumption: 76.2mpg
- Acceleration: 11.9 seconds
- Maximum speed: 121mph
- Insurance group: 15
- P11D value: £18,749
- Company car tax band: 15%
- BIK: £2804
- Tax at 20%: £561
- Tax at 40%: £1149
There’s a truly extensive range of engines and trim levels available in the Vauxhall, which helps ensure there’s an Insignia that’s right for your company and your drivers.
“Great styling and a highly impressive interior that’s better than some premium rivals combine in the Insignia with low CO2/BIK and appealing monthly costs,” said our judge, Keith Hawes, SME expert and managing director of MAGMA Automotive Services.
We already know the Insignia is cheap to tax but you really have to compare it to its rivals to see why we awarded it the top spot in this class.
Take the excellent BMW 3 Series as an example – over the course of a year a BMW 320d ED Business will cost 20% rate company car tax payers around £1000, while in the Insignia they’ll pay around £550.
That makes it almost half the price for company car drivers, and with the Insignia boasting better fuel economy it’ll cost less to fuel as well.
Cheaper to run and impressive to drive, the Insignia is a no excuses winner against some seriously good competition.
The SME Company Car of the Year Awards 2014 are supported by MAGMA Automotive.
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