Used Vauxhall Signum Hatchback 2003 - 2008 review

Category: Executive car

Section: What is it like?

2003 - 2008 review
Vauxhall Signum Hatchback (03 - 08)
  • Vauxhall Signum Hatchback (03 - 08)
  • Vauxhall Signum Hatchback (03 - 08)
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What's the used Vauxhall Signum hatchback like?

The Signum is a fabulous motorway cruiser, thanks to its soft suspension and flexible, economical engines. However, that same soft set-up means it can struggle on twistier roads - there's plenty of body roll, especially at speed. And, although the Signum's light steering aids parking manoeuvres, it provides little in the way of feedback.

At least the steering wheel adjusts for both height and reach, and the seats are very supportive. As a result, it's easy to make yourself comfortable, especially as the controls are well laid out and easy to use. However, there's no sort of image inside. The Signum's dash is based on the Vectra's, which means it looks too ordinary and downmarket next to the Signum's executive rivals.

It's also effectively no more than a four-seater, but the real trick is its clever FlexSpace system. This enables the rear seats to be folded down individually or together, and the two outer seats also slide back and forth, so you can choose between extra legroom or boot space. And, when you want maximum boot capacity, it's very impressive.