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Overall reader verdict 3 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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16 reader reviews for Vauxhall Insignia Hatchback.
  • 2.0 CDTi 130 ecoFLEX Exclusiv 5dr

    Graham Curtis , dorset . Date: 28/01/2014
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      41

    My car

    Not sure if I have the right model description. but is the base model with 130 bhp oil burner. Vauxhalls trim levels and spec are very confusing! Had this for 2 weeks between company cars. Where do I begin? Average is the word that sums it all up. Drives ok..nothing special..Rides ok..nothing special..Handles ok..nothing special..and thats the thing with the Insignia, its not a bad car but does not excel in any area where many others in this class do ( Mondeo/Passat/Mazda 6)if you were given one as a company motorway mile cruncher it is fine but why anyone would choose as a private purchase I have no idea...The model I had is too low spec as well ( Manual rear windows in a car of this money?)..And if you have an option upgrade the stereo..the standard one on this is appalling. In conclusion..look elsewhere if you are a private buyer ( My tip..Mazda 6) but if your company has a fleet..you wont have a bad car..just an incredibly dull one..

  • 2.0 CDTi 130 Exclusiv 5dr

    Tim Staples , West Yorks . Date: 18/11/2013
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      50

    My car

    I have driven this car as a company vehicle for the past 3 years, covering over 143,000 miles. Good Points: Decent economy, composed on the motorway & at speed, only 2 reported faults over this time (power steering failure & noisy fan heater). Service at local Vauxhall dealership ok, but long waiting times on courtesy car (when services due).

    Bad Points: Numb steering, 130hp engine way underpowered for a car of this size (resulting in too much cog swapping & no confidence overtaking), brakes poor (with extremely short lifespan), uncomfortable to sit in (basic cloth seat), notchy transmission, poor ride. I'm appalled at the level of build quality in the cabin & some of the materials used are very cheap and hard. Panel gaps all over the place inside, and some areas (transmission tunnel & central armrest) feel very flimsy indeed.

    I had the choice after my 3 year lease was up for renewal of another of these or a Mondeo saloon/estate. After hardly any time spent thinking I opted for the Mondeo, and I'm glad I did. After 2 days of driving there is a marked difference in every area. The Mondeo wins hands down, and the level of equipment (Zetec Business Edition) puts the Insignia to shame.

    Would not recommend. From personal experience, if you can stretch your budget enough go for a 3/5 series BMW.

  • 2.8T V6 4x4 Elite Nav auto 5dr

    xavier desilva , manchester . Date: 22/09/2013
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      19

    My car

    After my Mondeo was stolen and written off i was given this heap until my new car was delivered. As soon as it arrived in the car park i was appalled at how ugly it was and didn't even go out to collect the keys they were left at reception. I phoned finance to find out how long i would be stuck with this dreary car. I had an appointment 30 minutes later so had to drive it, and my opinion didn't change it was truly awful. The seats were nothing special the dash looked ok but on the move you press everything trying to find what you want. The nav is a joke (putting a scroll wheel in it doesn't make it an Audi). Despite the big engine it had, it didn't feel any quicker than the 2.0 ecoboost engine in the Mondeo and the handling wasn't even close to the Mondeo. The steering was numb and felt like it wasn't connected to the wheels and go near any corner at any kind of speed and it wobbled and pitched like hell. I took 3 people out in it the 2 adults in the back had to tilt there heads to sit upright and the one in the front said it was uncomfortable in the front too.

    This was without doubt the worst 4 weeks i've had and the worst car it has ever been my misfortune to drive, and i was so thankful when i gave it back. Thank god my car allowance increased and i now have my Audi S4. Although i would have another Mondeo in a heartbeat over that dull and dreary Insignia.

  • 2.0 CDTi 160 ecoFLEX Elite S/S 5dr

    Luke Maxwell Date: 08/01/2012
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      45

    My car

    Only had the car for a couple of days but first impressions are good. This is a company car and replaces my BMW 320d. Apparently the new update with stop/start and improved engine mountings makes for a smoother drive but I cant really compare as this is the only one I have driven. That said its quiet and smooth on the road. The Elite comes with every possible toy you can imagine and I added the Navi 900 (Voice control), bluetooth (can't understand why its not standard) and Infinity Sound upgrade. The cabin is fantastic and and very nice place to be. I think the car looks really good too in Waterworld blue with the standard 18inch allows. The EcoFlex gearbox is long but there is enough torque to ensure quick progress with minimum fuss. The steering is not as sharp as the BMW but what is.. I really wanted a comfortable cruiser this time round and think I have found it in the Insignia. Low CO2 is great for company car tax and hopefully I will be able to get over 50mpg but time will tell. Build quality seems good and the car feels really well put together. All in all a great package for the company car driver.

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