The Vauxhall Insignia GSi Is More Expensive Than A Volkswagen Golf R

It may be a very good car and we really do want it to do well, but with the best will in the world the pricing still looks pretty steep...
The Vauxhall Insignia GSi Is More Expensive Than A Volkswagen Golf R

Vauxhall has announced prices for the surprisingly brisk and well-sorted Insignia GSi. And it’s not cheap.

After some deserved good press for the latest Insignia, which is as well-rounded a family car as you could ask for, Vauxhall seems to be chancing its arm with a price tag that eclipses even the likes of the Volkswagen Golf R.

The Vauxhall Insignia GSi Is More Expensive Than A Volkswagen Golf R

The Grand Sport body style (that’ll be the saloon, then) of the new, warmed-over averagemobile starts at £33,375, and for that you get a very good car. There’s a 256bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol and a 206bhp twin-turbo diesel to choose from.

There’s also an estate, or Sports tourer. That has the same choice of engines and starts from £34,875. We’d like to reiterate what a good car the Insignia has become, and that the GSi should be the best of the lot, but… that does seem rather expensive if you’re after a versatile performance-minded family car.

The Vauxhall Insignia GSi Is More Expensive Than A Volkswagen Golf R

The 306bhp, five-door, manual Golf R hatchback is £10 cheaper than the GSi saloon. For front-wheel drive thrills, the explosive Seat Leon Cupra 300 costs £30,895 even in the more practical estate guise - £2480 less than the Insignia. Even the four-wheel drive DSG-specced Leon Cupra estate is almost £800 more affordable than the cheapest GSi.

As for similar-sized alternatives? The 248bhp BMW 330i M Sport saloon costs £34,730, £1355 more than the Grand Sport but a gnat’s wing cheaper than the Sport Tourer.

The Vauxhall Insignia GSi Is More Expensive Than A Volkswagen Golf R

We’d like the Insignia GSi to do well. We really would. We know it’s a class larger than the cheaper cars we’ve compared it to, but they’re designed to achieve broadly the same goals. Here’s hoping it gets sold with some seriously attractive finance deals.



The Golf R hatch is only £10 less than the GSi??

Now that’s what I’ll call VALUE

12/06/2017 - 12:02 |
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

I mean, for £10 less you’re getting more power

12/06/2017 - 12:07 |
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Lucas Tekkan

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

For £10 more you get a wagon

12/06/2017 - 13:02 |
30 | 0

More expensive than a Mustang GT, I know what i’d rather have

12/06/2017 - 12:32 |
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David 27

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

a sedan with decent interior vs a cheapskate interior in a coupe?

12/06/2017 - 20:02 |
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🎺🎺thank mr skeltal

Damn it, clickbaited once again

12/06/2017 - 12:39 |
8 | 0

A car that’s a whole market segment above the Golf is more expensive than a Golf? Huge surprise.

12/06/2017 - 12:43 |
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BoostAddict 1

But it’s a market segment higher and you can get it as a wagon. I mean, £10 gets you a fast station wagon.

12/06/2017 - 13:37 |
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Aaron 7

Love the wagon

12/06/2017 - 13:57 |
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Opel really kills it with their designs! What a great looking car!

12/06/2017 - 14:09 |
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Ewan23 (The Scottish guy)

I think it looks way better than the R anyway.

12/06/2017 - 14:11 |
30 | 2

Waaaayyyyyy more interesting for sure.

12/06/2017 - 15:37 |
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Why the hell did you compare the Insignia versus Golf. First of all they are not in the same class, it would be fair to compare it to something like a Passat, Ford Mondeo or anythig its size.

12/06/2017 - 15:14 |
18 | 0

The Golf and Insignia aren’t even in the same category.

12/06/2017 - 15:47 |
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