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daveA

It's just not good enough. It's lucky to get a score as high as 2.8.

VAUXHALL INSIGNIA 2.0 CDTi SRi [160] 5dr Auto (Review date: 4th August '11)

2.8

Although, that said, it is a huge improvement on the ghastly Vectra.

I test drove one of these, and I found a huge amount of faults. The shape, being one of them. It looks rather good, Vauxhall have obviously designed this using a picture of a Jaguar XF and some tracing paper, but the sloping roof line cuts into the rear passengers' headroom, meaning they don't have enough unless they are short or are kids under 13. Not that they were comfortable in the first place, as the seats are AWFUL to sit in. The choppy ride doesn't help, either, so don't take people who have a tendency to be car-sick anywhere in it.

Then, there's the 2.0-litre diesel engine, and the auto gearbox. Both are dreadful. The engine has no power low-down in the rev range, it's kind of all or nothing, really. The gearbox seems to be completely stupid, sometimes it steps down gears for no good reason, or if you want to pull away quickly, it doesn't kick down quick enough. And when it does finally kick down, that gear has run out of revs, so it needs to change back again. After a while it honestly does get rather frustrating.

Also, I don't know whether the tyres were the problem, but it does seem to understeer in corners quite a bit. This makes the driving experience rather terrible, frankly. Other bad bits? It's not economical enough to justify getting the diesel, especially with the auto 'box. It's too expensive and not well equipped enough to justify choosing it over a Mondeo or a Passat. Overall, apart from the looks and I suppose the build quality, it's not good at all. Like I have said, think Mondeo or Passat.

Practicality

2 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

2 / 5
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ericS

Very poor ride spoils every journey

VAUXHALL INSIGNIA 1.8i 16V Elite Nav 5dr (Review date: 26th July '11)

3.5

I chose the Elite for its looks and style and thought it would be a luxurious car. It has some very useful touches such as a nearside door mirror that angles itself to show the curb automatically when reverse is selected. The driving position and seat comfort is excellent. However, as mine is a 1.8 petrol, Flexiride is not an option and I was mistaken in thinking an Elite would have a non-sporty ride. In fact the ride on the standard 18" wheels is so bad at low speeds the car feels like it has no suspension at all and is running on solid tyres. My stomach is shaken and my voice quivers with the constant jiggling of the car. I am hoping that replacement of the Polish made Bridgestone tyres fitted with Goodyear Excellence tyres will help - but the suspension is so hard I am not confident this problem will be solved. What a shame that an otherwise great car is spoilt by this obsession with redundant sporty handling never needed by most law abiding drivers.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

1 / 5
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steveh1963

Average Car

VAUXHALL INSIGNIA 1.8i 16V Exclusiv 5dr (Review date: 24th July '11)

2.8

When I bought my Insignia after having 2 Vectras, I was very pleased with the stunning new lines of the car. However this is the only plus... I have has the car for 2 years now, the brakes are shocking, I have had numourous brake discs and pads. 1.8 litre engine could not pul the skin of a rice pudding. There are constent rattles in and out the cabin of the car. I use the car to comute to work 100 mile round trip, car is okay on motorway journeys. Around town the car drinkes petrol and stalls constantly as the car is too heavy for the engine. Just not a nice car to drive... Looking forward to getttng rid...

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

3 / 5

Running cost

2 / 5

How it drives

2 / 5
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carrieB

Owners wife

VAUXHALL INSIGNIA 2.0 CDTi SE Nav 5dr (Review date: 18th July '11)

4.8

We love this car & have had it just over 12 months. It feels very luxurious to drive & the boot's is really spacious. Great for a family or someone who is doing a lot of driving. The SAT NAV is great with large screen & easy to use control system. The only downside is that you can't play the radio, CD & have the SAT NAV on at the same time. The only reason we are selling it is that my husband now has a company car.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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calvinR

quiet and comfortable.

VAUXHALL INSIGNIA 2.0 CDTi ecoFLEX SE Nav [160] 5dr [Start Stop] (Review date: 2nd July '11)

4.8

quiet and comfortable and very family orientated.

its economical, its is very good with the fuel consumption.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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paulO

VXR Insignia.......I'm bloooown away

VAUXHALL INSIGNIA 2.8T V6 4X4 VXR Nav 5dr (Review date: 2nd July '11)

4.3

Fantastic car to drive, powerful in every respect but refined to be an everyday family car ..with a bite.

Running cost not particularly good but you only live once and its nice to push a few"supercars" out of the way.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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michaelG

M Graves

VAUXHALL INSIGNIA 1.8i 16V Elite 5dr (Review date: 1st July '11)

4.3

Very pleased. Spacious. Reliable. Child friendly. Got all the gadgets. Could improve fuel economy to make even better.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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neilG

Vauxhall Insignia

VAUXHALL INSIGNIA 2.0 CDTi ecoFLEX Elite [160] 5dr (Review date: 1st July '11)

4.5

I brought my car primarily for business and have found it to be perfect for my requirements. It is economical but with sufficient power to sustain motorway cruising for mile after mile. The car have proven to be comfortable on long journeys allowing me to travel extensively during my working day

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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jonathanV

Good looking car but a bit lackluster

VAUXHALL INSIGNIA 1.8i 16V SRi 5dr (Review date: 28th June '11)

3.8

I got given this car as a company car for a week and quite liked it. Its a nice car to look at and feels well built, has some nice features and lots of room.

I have been using the car mainly for motorway driving and its been really nice to drive on motorways the cabin noise is minimal and the ride is good, the seats and driving position are ideal for long journeys.

The problem I have with this car is the engine it doesn't feel powerful for its size and overtaking and going up hills can be a real pain, but then again my own car is a Audi TT so im used to a little more power but even with that in mind I do feel it is underpowered.

The handling is light and doesn't give you the best feel behind the wheel but it can be quite nice at times (like a low speeds and in tight places)

The running costs for this car regarding consumption seems to be okay but not great considering the power it produces, I would maybe recommend trying a diesel model as I would think you would get better punch from the engine and more mpg.

Overall I think its a good car with allot going for it, maybe with a few upgrades on future models this could be a real leader in its class.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

3 / 5
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chrisB

Vauxhall insignia 2.0 cdti sri

VAUXHALL INSIGNIA 2.0 CDTi SRi [160] 5dr (Review date: 31st May '11)

5

fantastic car i have got the 2 litre sri great on fuel drives really well and has a good spec. I will definately be getting one of these again when its time to change.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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