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Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer (2017) review (Month 3)

It’s the end of the road for our long term Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer after three busy months on the Motor Trader fleet. The second generation model only entered showrooms in July, giving Vauxhall dealers a welcome additional opportunity to sell something new into local businesses as well as private buyers requiring an executive car with load lugging capability. These ...

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Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer (2017) review (Month 2)

Two months into our long term test and Vauxhall’s latest generation Insignia Sports Tourer is shaping up nicely with over 4,000 miles on the clock and not too many fuel stops along the way. The 1.6-litre turbo diesel engine continues to punch above its weight. It’s a an impressive unit which makes sense of the wider trend of equipping large ...

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Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer (2017) review (Month 1)

Vauxhall dealers started selling the new Insignia Sports Tourer in July with high expectations for the revitalised workhorse beloved by company car user-choosers and retail buyers in need of serious load-lugging capacity. The fact that the new styling is attractive and the load capacity has been significantly increased makes this a car to be reckoned with. The second generation model ...

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Kia Optima PHEV (2016) review (Month 4)

People who have driven an electric car will talk about three things in particular. They generally marvel at the instant delivery of torque and eerie quietness whilst voicing concerns about range. The number of EVs on the market has increased dramatically in recent years, as have their real world ranges which typically fall somewhere between 100 and 200 miles. So, ...

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Kia Optima PHEV (2016) review (Month 3)

With the knives out for diesels and continued range anxiety issues over EVs, hybrid remains the most popular alternative fuel option amongst new car buyers. Therefore the timing of last year’s debut of a plug-in hybrid version of Kia’s flagship Optima model seems prescient especially for dealer sales teams keen to tap into the environmental zeitgeist. Certainly with its low ...

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Kia Optima PHEV (2016) review (Month 1)

Last year Kia joined a small band of manufacturers to introduce what could be a practical alternative to diesel with a plug-in hybrid version of its Optima model. For dealers this is good news as it could potentially extend the appeal of Kia’s D-segment saloon and therefore present conquest opportunities. We’ve taken delivery of an Optima PHEV to see how ...

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