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Overall reader verdict 4 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
    4 out of 5 stars

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38 reader reviews for Vauxhall Signum Hatchback.
  • 2.2i 16v Elegance 5dr

    Ian Holmes , Gloucestershire . Date: 10/02/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I purchased a 5000-mile 54-plate car for a very competitive £10,000 in October 2005.

    The only negative point about this pre-facelift Signum is the slightly wallowy handling through tight corners when pressing on. However, the overall handling and ride quality is extremely good and the car is an extremely refined motorway cruiser!

    Running costs are very reasonable. I'm achieving 35-37 mpg from tractable 2.2 engine and I'm no slouch. A 20,000-mile service was a competitive £188, no parts have been needed and the Group 10 insurance band is competitive. It has good cabin space and equipment levels, comfortable seats and subdued noise levels. Opel build and material quality is typically German.

    With 30 years' motor industry experience, including seven on the management team at Audi UK, doesn't necessarily make me an expert. However, I've driven a vast numbers of different cars over 1.5m miles (including testing and advanced driver tuition). Therefore, like most owners, I'm totally mystified as to why What Car? gives the Signum a two-star rating! Your ratings are usually accurate - but not in the case of this car!

    The great news is that low ratings have depressed residuals. Consequently, Signum isn't a great new purchase - but if you want a smart, well built and refined one-year old executive car for £10-£13k, it's a smart decision. The facelifted car will be on the short list for my next car change.

  • 2.2 DTi 16v Design 5dr

    Thomas Murphy , Moray . Date: 27/01/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I think that this car is seriously undervalued. My dad has a 2.2DTi version. There have been some problems with it, but that is because my Mum rode the clutch a lot and my dad thrashed it, but I was so impressed with the car that I forked out £9000 to buy it when I could just have easily got another brand new car for less.

    I find the half leather bucket seats are more comfortable than my sofa. The cornering and the ride are spot on. The steering and the throttle respones are a bit lazy, but once the turbo kicks in, the acceleration is excellent for a car of its size. The wide wheels do make it a bit skittish going through water, but apart from that, the car is perfect for me.

  • 3.0 CDTi V6 24v Elite 5dr

    Garry Mills , South Yorkshire . Date: 14/12/2006
    • Overall verdict
      2 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Had 2. Previous was 1.9 tho. Both of the cars were ELITE spec. Both "earlier" shape,not bug-eyed UGLY newer version) This car was 6 months old,direct from Vaux and had 16 thou on it. Mine was a gorgeous blue,complete with extra bling with roof rails (why?!) 19 inch wheels,and sports suspension,on the house.

    Style: I get the Signum. It just IS. I used the previous one to help me move house! Because of the big rear end,it allows proper seating for FOUR and looks better than the Vectra. I beleive Signum was conceived before Vectra as its based on the Omega.

    Comfort: No problems there. I'm a big chap,the wife isn't skinny either,and still had acres of room up front,moreso in the rear. Everyone said it was a mini-limo! Esp with the black glass. As this had sport susp it went round corners and didn't shimmy in wind or rain. High speed jinks round roundabouts NOT recommended tho.

    Economy: Not bad for a big 'un:30's round town, 40 or more on motorway, even being a bit naughty sometime.

    Reliability: This is sticking point. Developed faults, even though covered no more than 18000 miles. A strange whining from somewhere,and misfiring,I didn't like it,and it seemed odd for a japanese engine (3 litre diesel is an isuzu engine)

    Would I buy another?:If I could get one without fault, quite possibly. I have an accord now,and its lovely, but the Signum was a different car. People admired it,questioned it. But I would have to know it was faultless and the dealer up to speed.

  • 3.0 CDTi V6 24v Elite 5dr

    Shaun Tredinnick , Hampshire . Date: 02/10/2006
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I dont understand why this car only rates two stars. It goes like a rocket but still returns 40 mpg plug on a journey. It has every extra known to man as part of the standard package.My only negative would be that it is a firm ride on bumpy roads and there are plenty of those in the UK. But overall an excellent car.

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