I paid 12k for a year-old model with 10,000 on the clock. On the test drive I expected to find it underpowered, but was pleasantly surprised. Eighteen months and 15,000 miles later I love it. Roomy, smooth and comfortable, and equipped up to the eyeballs. Very sure-footed with its fat tyres, it hurtles serenely on motorways. Around town it encourages you to drive in a relaxed way; it's too long and heavy to be thrown around corners like a sports hatch. Back seat passengers love the roominess, (and the way you drive around town.)
Average mpg is 32-ish which is okay-ish. Servicing very reasonable. A couple of minor niggles that Network Q sorted promptly.
I bought a fifth-hand Chrysler Avenger twenty years ago that had the most immaculate indicator stalk ever, beautifully engineered, worked just like you wanted and expected. So WHAT is this turkey that Signum drivers have strapped onto their steering column? If it ain't broke guys... Shame, it spoils the car.
Overall, if you like big, you can't get much better value for money, unless you're daft enough to buy new.
This is an end-of-term report on an 04-plate Signum Design 2.2DTi. We wave goodbye to this excellent Signum in August, with 65,000 miles on the clock after 61,000 miles in our stewardship. This accomplished mile-muncher has given us very economical service, done everything we asked of it and has always left us smiling.
This is a very spacious four-seater, with four big, comfortable seats, all of which adjust, recline and slide. It's a brilliant piece of packaging. The boot has enough space for all that the four of us would need.
The car tells you when it needs servicing at 32,000 and 64,000 miles; the last service cost us just £165. This equates to a halfpenny a mile in servicing costs - outstanding!
In terms of faults, it has had two blown headlamp bulbs at 27,000 and 32,000 miles - big deal, we run with headlamps on all the time.
There's just one annoying niggle - we're on our third grab-handle inside the boot-lid - clearly GM/Opel's plastics division got this wrong.
Economy from the 2.2DTi turbodiesel is 45.2mpg overall.
From day one to the last day, we never understood Vauxhall's thinkling behind these idiotic non-self-cancelling indicator stalks.
Goodbye, faithful friend - we shall miss you (until the 520d arrives on the drive).
It's just a great car: it eats up motorway miles, it is very quiet and extremely well put together.
I do around 700 miles a week, a lot of it motorway and get around 46mpg to the gallon. It's very easy to drive and even when going the 360 miles up to Dundee I get out of the car with no aches.
With the rear seats folded the carrying space is vast and four adults sit in great comfort. The fifth seat is for the small kids only and not for long journeys. Other than that, you can just sit back and relax.
I've had Lagunas and Passats as company cars before but oppted to buy this myself and have no regrets.
This is a magnificient motorway car - much better than the BMWs I have owned for the last 20-odd years.
It's very quiet and has bags of power I drove it on the autobahn to Bayreuth and back in excellent time and it was not at all tiring.
After a year, we have averaged 45mpg overall, compared with the BMWs which never broke 30mpg - it is a winner!
The hatch is very useful and the space inside is enormous, and for passengers it's very luxurious. At half the BMW price it is ridiculously underpriced.
Also, you see very few on the road (like the old days with BMW!). We feel very pampered with the sat-nav, the automatic lights and windscreen wipers.
It is all and more than we hoped for - General Motors has certainly upped its game at the same time that BMW has gone downmarket in everyway.
Everyone should pocket £10,000 and upgrade to the Signum from BMW.
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