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VAUXHALL INSIGNIA 2.0 CDTi SE  5dr (Review date: 13th May '11)
Really enjoy driving this car handles well on the road, its comfortable, and has good acceleration, the 6 cd changer is great for all the family. very economical to run averaging around 48-50mpg when driven sensibly. Towing caravan averaged 40 mpg. No sat nav fitted and the power hand brake can take a bit of getting used to .
Sad to see it go but with a disabled person in the family and the equipment now necessary to go out for the day the car is just not suitable for these needs.
Great Drivers Car
VAUXHALL INSIGNIA 2.0 CDTi ecoFLEX Elite Nav  5dr (Review date: 1st May '11)
I drive in excess of 60,000 miles a year with a mix of “A” road and motorway driving making up the vast amount of the miles.
This is the fifth Insignia that I have driven, all have been diesel with the exception of a 1.8 Ltr petrol car. The car is a huge improvement over the Vectra although the Vectra was not a bad car. The improvements have come about due to a big step forward in “modernising” the car with technology.
There are some knobs on this site who say that they struggle to get more than 40 mpg from a diesel. Ignore them, they obviously can’t drive properly. From all four diesel cars that I have driven, I got 54 from the first, 53 from the second, 55 from the third. The latest car that I have is an ECOFLEX model which helps with improving the economy at 61 mpg. The fact that I do a lot of motorway driving helps. The petrol 1.8 model that I drove was very thirsty with an average of 33 mpg.
All three cars have never given me a spot of bother, they have been totally reliable. Servicing at 20,000 miles or one year means that the servicing is not expensive. Equipment levels are good with the important safety features on all models.
Of the engines, go for a diesel. The petrol 1.8 variant is very under powered. All other petrol models tend to drink fuel. The diesel ecoflex models will if you are careful allow a range of 800 miles between fill ups.
VAUXHALL INSIGNIA 2.0 CDTi SE  5dr Auto (Review date: 15th April '11)
Have to admit straight away that I did not own this car....I hired one when my trusted Mondeo was hit up the back. Having always loved Mondeos, I am now swaying towards buying one of these when I change my car. The car was a joy to drive; superb pick up on the motorway and had a very sturdy feel. The boot was so large I actually struggled to reach anything towards the back!! The inside was well thought out and the seats were extremely comfortable on long drives. My children loved the leg room which they had in the back. To compare, I drove the insignia into a Ford forecourt and had a sit in a new Mondeo, I hate to say it but I was disappointed that the inside (of the Mondeo) hadn't changed a great deal over the last 8 or so years. When I got back in this it just felt much better.
I didn't have the car for a great length of time so best not comment on reliability, but it was kinder on my pocket when it came to filling it up and I found myself making excuses to go out in it!!!
Engine revs high in the cold and in the mornings
VAUXHALL INSIGNIA 2.0 CDTi SRi 5dr Auto (Review date: 31st March '11)
Purchased the car from main dealer
Main problem is when cold revs very fast until the engine is hot.
This burns extra fuel and also made the vehicle dangerous when in traffic; being a auto it was keen to lurch forward.
Has been in twice and they tell me is the Engine regenerating!!
This should happen every 300+ miles but happens to mine when the cars cold!!!
Has anyone else experienced this?
Gear box sometimes holds from 2 - 3 also
Mr S Wilson
VAUXHALL INSIGNIA 2.0 CDTi SRi 5dr (Review date: 27th March '11)
I bought this 60 plate brand new. after 400 miles the rev gauge shoot up and the car pulled away while I was coming into traffic. The warning light came on the dash board and the car was jumping like a kangaroo.
The car was taken to the dealership ( Evenshalshaw ) where I purchased it from for 7 days to be told no faults were found with the car.
24 hours after getting the car back the same major fault occured this time I had my three year old son in the car & I almost crashed into the back of someone. Again the car was recovered by the AA and taken to Arnold Clark this time.
After 14 days with my car they called me to say that fault codes were present but Vauxhall advised them to wipe the computer clean and update the soft ware.
After only 1100 miles the same fault occured for the third time !! Vauxhall are refusing to replace my car because they can not find fault with my car ! They have now recalled my car back to the plant at Luton for inspection.
I can not comment on any other aspect of the car , I collected my car in December 2010, we are now in March and I have only managed to do 1100 miles due to it being in the garages for so long.........
Good all rounder
VAUXHALL INSIGNIA 2.0 CDTi ecoFLEX Exclusiv Nav  5dr (Review date: 23rd March '11)
This is a big car. This replaced a Vectra and I thought it looke d smaller but it's even more spacious inside. The Navigation/Bluetooth phone connection/Ipod system is great and comes as standard on this model. It drives pretty smoothly and being an Eco flex the fuel economy is good. I was shocked when I first filled the tank and it cost over £90 but the onboard computer displayed a range of almost 700 miles. It's a good family car with all the space.
The looks are much more atractive than the Vectra it replaces. I haven't had this car very long so nothing to report about reliabilty as have had no problems so far.
I really can't think of anything negative to say.
VAUXHALL INSIGNIA 2.0 CDTi Exclusiv 5dr (Review date: 22nd March '11)
I have currently done 11.5K in 4 months (2.8K a month).
So my view on the thing, now it beats the Astra I had by miles, a giant leap, but still isn’t the best I have driven.
A pretty car for some, but oh my the driving position I seem to be sitting low in the car to get the headroom and then I cannot get comfortable behind the wheel (I am over 6’) Still can’t get the seat right, Fuel economy around 46mpg, performance is lacking the 2.0 (130) is simply underpowered; this makes joining a motorway a wonderful treat for the nervous system, and driving up or down a steep hills with a load in the boot, is fun. That brings me to the worst feature that silly handbrake button, holding this car on a steep passes of Hard Knott and Wrynose wasn’t fun.
Town driving is OK, steering feels pretty light but the turning circle is horrific my old Volvo 940 could turn tighter that.
Visibility is poor to the sides and rear but the blind spots created by those fashionable mirrors; my partner calls it the Cycle Killer Qu'est-ce que c'est.
I find that driving long distances in this car tiring, unlike our V70.
My three teenagers don’t like travelling in it, the narrow uncomfortable middle seat; lacking in headroom. We won’t use it for holidays anymore, used it once, never again, we will use the V70 instead.
Things are now starting to go wrong with it, the both wheel arch liners came off during a heavy downpour flooding the road, Mirror knob fell off, HSA as a mind of its own, Some ECU lights every now and again, so not as bad as my Astra, still time will tell I suppose.
So 5/10 Opel you must do better Style over substance is not good enough.
It was chosen because of company car tax at the time, No I didn’t test drive it before ordering (wishing I did now) but given my problems with it, I will steer clear of another at replacement time around 20 months from now.
ELEGANT MID RANGE CAR
VAUXHALL INSIGNIA 1.8i 16V Exclusiv 5dr (Review date: 22nd March '11)
I have been in the automotive design industry for thirty years and was attracted to the Insignia as it was elegant mid range car but what disappointed me was the build quality as the car was in and out of garage five or six times during the first three months of owner ship i even phone up Vauxhall about some problems
One of the worst cars i have driven
VAUXHALL INSIGNIA 2.0 CDTi SRi Nav 5dr Auto (Review date: 16th March '11)
This has to be one of the worst cars i have ever driven, the build quality is not good, the diesel engine is slow until it gets going, quite noisy too, another issue when driving the car is a dangerous blind spots when trying to pull out of a side street, a view of the passenger seatbelt and door pannels restricts your view worse than any car i have driven before! also the new style handbrake switch is a pain on the manual version when in traffic, cheap fabric seats with not much support, all in all not a pleasent car to drive.