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.
Having previously driven an Avensis and Mondeo in the last 3 years I have a good appreciation of the Insignia's key strengths and weaknesses.
The engine I feel is a key strength of this car, the 158bhp make for easy driving and has I found driving a 128bhp Diesel Avensis the extra torque from a high powered oil burner actually make my driving more economical.
The interior is nicely designed and so far is as good as the mondeo in quality , but the number of buttons is too much, they could take a lesson from Toyota here as the Avensis had the better made and more straight forward dashboard.
I have found the refinement of the engine on par with the others I have driven and the gearbox is firm and easy to use.
A big feature of this car for me is the space available, the boot is huge and well shaped, the interior is good for space, but the sloping roofline does make the rear a bit tight for ambience.
Overall I like this car as in my top 3 I have driven over last 30 years for giving the driver a great driving package and running costs.
Really like the car so far, only one problem I have encountered is a blind spot , I nearly had a bad prang because of it. The rear window is small and the frame which surrounds it is large and it limits the view. Going to get rear sensors fitted as a matter of urgency
I have owned this car for 18 months and wish I never bothered. In heavy rainfall the back doors leak,cruise control works intermittent, back brake discs badly scored dealership wants £350 for new pads and discs - Vauxhall knows there is a fault with the discs but won't admit it, they say wear and tear will not cover on warranted "good get out claws" I had that many recalls on this car that my dealership when I go in says "hi John" hows the family and would you like a cup of coffee as usual. My advise to you stay clear of this car spend a little extra and buy a German make like I will be doing in the next few weeks. P.S. they also have a problem with there clutch and flywheel and you guested it "wear and tear" sir £1400 to fix and not warranted. This car has only 40,000 miles on it.
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