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johnW

Insignia Owner

VAUXHALL INSIGNIA 2.0 CDTi Exclusiv [160] 5dr (Review date: 19th September '11)

4.5

Had the diesel insignia 160bhp for almost 2 years, it has beautiful styling, handles well and plenty of oommph under the pedal, generally very pleased with it

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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paulG

looks good

VAUXHALL INSIGNIA 2.0 CDTi SE Nav [160] 5dr Auto (Review date: 12th August '11)

2

this car looks good but im afraid thats as far as it gos,the cdti engine is like a bag of nails rattling around very loud, sounds more like a truck,the fuel consumption is not as stated i get around 32 in town and abut 40 on a motorway.

the car is 2 years old and has had so far a new steering rack,new drive shaft which im told is a updated version,lots of soft wear updates,the ride is bumpy and harsh but i am running on 19" alloys so that dont help.

it was only the looks inside and out that made me buy this car and it was the worst thing i ever done i did not do my homework before buying a insignia

my advice would be to look at other cars but make sure you do your homework first

Practicality

3 / 5

Reliability

1 / 5

Running cost

2 / 5

How it drives

2 / 5
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steveT

EcoFlex Makes all the difference

VAUXHALL INSIGNIA 2.0 CDTi ecoFLEX Elite Nav [160] 5dr (Review date: 11th August '11)

5

In these days of rising fuel prices I wanted a relaxed and comfortable motorway cruiser, that would not break the bank to run. And in the Insignia that is exactly what I got.

Being the Elite the car is very comfortable and relaxed to drive, and you have all the toys you could wish for, Ipod connection via USB, bluetooth and full SatNav built in

At night the auto dip main beam make driving a real pleasure, as to the see around corner headlamps when you get home, day running LED's also look cool during the day

A great car, which I am going to miss, hope whoever buy it gets as much pleasure as I have

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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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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