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How much does a Vauxhall cost to insure?

Vauxhall insurance premiums will vary depending on the specific model of Vauxhall car you choose to buy. Insurers rank vehicles into groups depending on their cost and performance. As you would expect, a low-powered Vauxhall Corsa will be in a different insurance group from the more high-powered Vauxhall SE 1.5 Turbo D.

In fact, the Corsa 1.2 Design is in insurance Group 3, while the turbo charged SE sits in insurance group 20.

The reason for this is that the small engine Corsa does not have the capability to be driven at high speeds, so it is in a lower group.

The higher the group a car is in, the more you can expect to pay for insurance. The general rule of thumb is that the bigger and more powerful your car engine is, the steeper your car insurance premiums will be.

To give you an idea of how this works out when it comes to pricing, the VXR8 GTS has an average premium of £4,657*. Given it has a 6.2-litre, V8 engine driving the rear wheels and with nearly 600bhp behind it, the high premium comes as little surprise.

In contrast, the fuel-efficient but far less speedy Vauxhall Agila SE could be insured for around £461*.

Vauxhall offers a huge range of cars, including small models like the Corsa, compact family cars like the Astra, larger saloons like the Insignia and SUVs in the shape of the Crossland and Grandland. Insurance quotes will differ relating to which car you plump for.

As well as different design specs and engine power, your car insurance premium will also depend on other factors specific to you. For instance, where you live, your driving history and how old you are can all affect what you pay.

*These prices are an average based on the model, and all our customer quotes from 14 January 2021 to 14 June 2021. This includes different locations, driving background and other factors. Your own quote could be cheaper or more expensive depending on your personal circumstances.

All information on this page was last reviewed on 29 July 2021, see T&Cs.

History and facts about Vauxhall

Vauxhall was founded in London by Alexander Wilson in 1857 as a pump and marine engine manufacturer. Headquartered in Luton, the company began manufacturing cars in 1903.

It was acquired by US giant General Motors (GM) in 1925. Having primarily focused on producing luxury cars, after the Second World War Vauxhall became increasingly mass-market.

Since 1980, Vauxhall products have been more or less the same as those of Opel, GM’s German subsidiary, with most models principally engineered in Rüsselsheim, Germany.

In 2017, PSA Group, the French company that owns Peugeot and Citroen, agreed a £1.9bn deal to buy GM’s European unit, including Vauxhall and Opel.

Prominent Vauxhall cars of the past include the Viva, the Chevette and Cavalier. The current Vauxhall car range includes the Adam (city car), the Ampera (extended range electric vehicle), Cascada (convertible), Meriva (compact MPV), Mokka (subcompact SUV) and the Zafira Tourer (large MPV).

Throughout its history, Vauxhall has been active in motorsports, including rallying and the British Touring Car Championship.

The Vauxhall Firenza (known as the Old Nail) was one of the most famous saloon car racing champions of its time. Between September 1971 and February 1978 this car would take 59 overall victories and four class wins.

The Vauxhall Corsa

The Corsa was first built in 1992 and available to UK drivers a year later. It effectively replaced the Vauxhall Nova which had been Vauxhall’s principle small car offering for the 1980s.

From its debut in the UK, the Vauxhall Corsa was not short of admirers. It introduced features like power steering, anti-lock brakes and car alarms. At the time, these features were far from standard in small, affordably-priced cars.

Fast forward to 2019 and the sixth generation Corsa F arguably represents the most radical transformation yet.

As well as a totally new exterior look, all Corsas in the range have five doors for increased practicality. The Corsa F also offers you a fully electric version for the first time, alongside petrol and diesel options.

Insurance premiums for a Vauxhall Corsa will depend on the age and power of the car you buy. For example, you can expect the ultra-powerful hot-hatch Corsa VXR to cost a pretty penny to insure. Whereas something like the more modest Corsa Energy A/C VVT 75 comes in on average at £609*.

The Vauxhall Zafira

Anyone in possession of a TV back in the early noughties will remember Vauxhall’s promotion of the seven-seat Zafira.

The TV ad featured two young northern lads taking on the role of dads, chatting next to their respective Vauxhall cars about the pressures of family life. Whether the ads made you laugh or cringe, they were hugely successful – as too proved the Zafira.

The Zafira won the What Car?' 'Car of the Year Award 2000’ for the MPV category.

It continued to attract awards and be a highly sought-after car as the years progressed. The Vauxhall’s Zafira Tourer MPV (2013 to 2018 model) won the ‘Used MPV of the Year’ category at the What Car? Used Car Awards 2018.

The cost of Insuring your Zafira will depend on the age and the specific model you choose. As an example, the Zafira Exclusiv (115) comes in on average at £564* for a year of comprehensive cover.

The Vauxhall Astra

The Mk2 Astra GTE, a highly regarded hot hatch, was the first of the Astra range to be fitted with the now infamous 150bhp 2.0 16v ‘redtop’ engine.

The Kadett name was dropped in favour of Astra in 1991 and the car remains as popular today as it has ever been.

Building on the innovation it has been known for over the years, the all-new Astra (available from autumn 2021) is electrically powered for the first time. It has an advanced plug-in hybrid engine, delivering smooth performance and ultra-low emissions.

Insurance premiums for an Astra will depend on the age and engine power of the car. Not surprisingly, the car insurance cost for the powerful Astra VXR at £2,021* is significantly higher than the £664* you will pay on the Astra SRI Ecoflex CDTI (165).

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