2009 Car of the Year: the Vauxhall Insignia

The new Vauxhall Insignia has been voted the 2009 Car of the Year, winning by one point over the Ford Fiesta: 321 points to 320 after being reviewed by 50 senior motoring journalists from 23 countries. The last time a car won by the same 1 point margin was in 2001, when the Alfa 147 beat the Ford Mondeo by 1 point.

To qualify for the awards, cars must be available in at least five European countries and should have been launched within the past 12 months.

Wearing both hatchback and saloon bodywork and sporting five engine options ranging from a 130bhp diesel to a gasoline-powered 260bhp twin-turbo, all-wheel-drive V6, the Vauxhall Insignia is the family car for this generation.

The Insignia looks way better than its predecessor, the Vectra. Sexy and sleek and cleverly sculpted, the car is taller than the old Vectra yet sits low like a coupe. The Insignia can seat five people comfortably despite its raked roofline.

Ride quality is sporty and never harsh even on difficult terrain, setting the standard for cars among its class. The best deal going for the Vauxhall Insignia is its affordable price tag, making it the best value in its range and thus, deserving the honor of Car of the Year for 2009.

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