I changed from a Vectra to the Insignia. The car itself is a vast improvment over the Vectra and I would even say as good as the Omega. Cost of running is good,even around the city or town. Motorway driving is comfortable, no excessive noise in the cab, you cannot hear the diesel engine like some have mentioned it is quiet, and no wind noise. I've had my car for 6 months and would recomend them to anyone, may trade in for an Elite later this year or next year. I wont give five stars because its not an Aston Martin or Rolls Royce I'm driving, it is a practicable family and commuting car, but a good car.
The vauxhall insignia is a type of car when you want to be left alone and not excitement around you. It is a 70year old monk on wheels but the cabin is very quiet on motorways and is stable around bends. This engine the 1.8 petrol is, well I'm not knocking points of it but it is a tad under powered but nothing that will want you to be put off for a family car. There is more body than inside of the car which is very small and cosy but still feels a bit bland but nothing as bad compared to a basic vw golf.
I have been driving the Insignia as part of a mini lease while I wait for my new company car. When it first turned up on my drive I wanted to turn it back as I requested a Mondeo. In reality its not a bad car by any stretch but very underpowered. Most of my driving is of the 400 mile round trip variety a couple of times a week. Having previously had an Audi A3 Sportback Sport I have enjoyed the more forgiving nature of the ride. After a long drive I have not been in pain or tired. The cabin is a decent place to be although the central console can be a bit of trial.
Downsides, the 1.8 petrol leaves a lot to be desired. From a standing start its fine if you work it. The problem hits home if you try to overtake or if you get stuck behind a couple of lorries overtaking. It just does not pick up pace at all and I have tried dropping gears. If its rolling its fine but if you want to overtake on a single carriageway and you value your life forget it. I have also found at Motorway speed the steering can be a bit vague.
In many ways this is a better car than the Audi A3 in terms of praticality and ride. If it had the power of the 170 Diesel engine in the Audi it would be a more complete package.
I was driving on the M1 motroway heading out of Belfast Sunday past. Indicated to leave at the next junction when I lost power. The car would not go above 20mph no matter what gear I tried to use service immediately or something like that was displayed in dash?. This was a very frightening experience as the motorway was busy. When I pulled over onto the hard shoulder turned of the engine and restarted the fault disappeared. Goes into Vauxhall on Wednesday to see what problem is. Its only 11months old??
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