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£37,170 when new
What is it? It’s a warmed up Vauxhall Insignia. Not that you get any extra power (sorry to disappoint), but there are chassis tweaks and extra bits of kit. The suspension is 10mm lower, adaptive dampers are standard, the spring rates have been stiffened, and the four-wheel drive system with active torque vectoring has been recalibrated to make the car turn in more sharply. 20-inch wheels and tyres unique to the GSi have shaved an impressive 6kg off the unsprung weight. True to form for any aspiring warmed-over car, it also comes as standard with flappy paddles for the eight-speed auto. Inside, there’s a BOSE stereo, along with figure-hugging sports seats (reps had better lay off the motorway snacks) and a head-up display. Oh, and there’s also a bit of additional chrome finery on the exterior. The damage for all this tweakery? Anything from £32,975 for the hatch to £34,475 for the diesel Sports Tourer tested here. Not only is that a chunk more than rivals like the Mondeo ST-Line, it’s also roughly £4.5k more than the previously top-spec Elite Nav. That’s a punchy increase, despite all the extra kit and engineering.