On top of that, despite large wheels on our test car, the Insignia continues to ride remarkably well. Worth Noting Vauxhall claims that the new Insignia is the 'most streamlined vehicle in the world in its class'. We look forward to seeing how a more modestly specified car will appear, as the centre console seems much neater, less cluttered and better put together than the original car's. On the plus side, the seats are comfortable and supportive, while the simple dashboard design makes it easy to find and use all the various buttons. Summary While shouting about how great the Insignia has already done, Vauxhall is confident that the updated version will do better again.
Rear seat passengers will struggle a bit more for headroom because of the sloping roofline, however. There was no mention of the new 1. However, the market for these cars is shrinking. What are you likely to buy next? What does this car say about you? The ones of most interest to most people will the 2. Reliability is expected to be strong in this model thanks to a high build quality.
The more sensible diesel options include the 1. It adapts the distribution of torque between all four wheels instantaneously to enhance traction and handling. The ride quality is extremely good with Vauxhall's engineers having achieved a subtle balance between the firmness needed to excite a driver and the softness required to keep them comfortable. All these features are on the Insignia Design, while Design Nav adds satellite navigation. What you get for your Money: There are a bewildering number of models in the Insignia line-up despite it reducing from 14 levels to 8. Energy models add 18-inch alloy wheels and different interior trim to the Design. Like before, it comes as a five-door hatchback - although the extended roof line gives it more of a fastback look - while the estate version is called the.
The massive, deep grille dominates the front end, while the sleek-looking headlamps sweep away at the sides. Key Facts Model driven: Vauxhall Insignia five-door Elite Nav 1. The Vectra was always worthy but dull and the Insignia has a number of features with the potential to set tongues wagging. On the plus side, the seats are comfortable and supportive, while the simple dashboard design makes it easy to find and use all the various buttons. Admittedly the Elite Nav car is equipped with a swish eight-inch touchscreen system with loads of features such as access to a Vauxhall App Store coming in 2014 and complete access to a paired up smartphone. I've owned this for a year, and bought it because they are quite cheap. From the outside, this model is stylish and attractive and it's the same story on the inside.
The Insignia should also be very safe thanks to a raft of safety features. The Insignia's styling must be deemed a success in the context of the often mundane medium range sector but the designers were also intent on delivering practicality. Lots of poke from the 170 bhp engine, and it grips the road well. Performance isn't great, but it goes when you need to, and is quiet and smooth. Vauxhall sensibly decided to ditch the name and christened its replacement the Insignia. Inside, the Insignia had a significant upgrade in 2013. What was the dealer like? This is a crucial area for any family estate car, and unfortunately, the Insignia Sports Tourer does a pretty disappointing job compared with rivals such as the and.
First introduced in 2008 to replace the Vauxhall Vectra — to compete with large family cars such as the , , and — it was replaced in 2017 by a new generation. It's the rear of the new model that really stands out though, thanks to a more pronounced integrated spoiler shape and a bold new chrome bar joining the rear lights. That gives passengers room to stretch out, while cabin quality has been improved to add to the sense of space and comfort. The Insignia was launched in the later stages of 2008 with a comprehensive line-up of engines and a choice of saloon or hatchback bodystyles. A lot of people moan about the electronic handbrake - I didn't like it at first either, but you get used to it. In July 2016 it was noted that the steering could fail on some cars built in April 2016. Overall it's a successful revamp.
Alas, for that reason 85 per cent of Insignia buyers are expected to stick with diesel power and to that end there are now three versions of the venerable 2. Petrol versions are followed by the letter T if they are turbocharged to boost power or i. Dennis Buyacar Ltd is a credit broker and not a lender. The former represents a reduction of about £2,000 for an entry-level model. The question is, should you buy one — and which one, if you do? Elsewhere in the range, there are two 1. The brake fluid has to be renewed every two years or 40,000 miles at a cost of £45. Indeed, the list of new components in the suspension is surprisingly long.
There are plugs at the bottom of the door that block up over time and you have a water feature within the doors. It's just another pointless electronic thing that can go wrong. Push the car through a bend and it resists roll very well while the grip at the front wheels is tenacious. Even base spec cars get air conditioning, a trip computer and steering wheel-mounted controls. Performance We tested the Vauxhall Insignia saloon with the 2. The touchscreen itself isn't as good as say an iPhone's, but it's a damn sight better than using the touchpad interface that comes with it.
From the outside, the Insignia still looks stylish despite its age, thanks to a sleek roofline that almost makes it look like a coupé. This is completely customisable and the interface on the tactile new steering wheel is highly intuitive. The grille is at the heart of it all, being wider and mounted lower than before. The pads have been redesigned, but any car with older parts may be suffering from binding brakes. The more refined 168bhp diesel won't be quite as cheap to run, but bills won't be prohibitively expensive if you want your Insignia to be as pleasant as it can be. Faults: No major disasters other than the normal wear and tear. However, they're horribly noisy, sending far too much clatter and vibration through to the cabin.
Company-car customers taking the lesser of the two 1. However, the Insignia is far more sophisticated than the car it replaces so not only is the styling more refined, the interior fit and finish is much better than before and there's a vastly improved satellite navigation system. Our top-spec test cars, fitted with dual-zone climate control, featured touch-sensitive buttons that were slow to respond and quite frustrating to use at times - necessitating longer glancing away from the road than conventional dials or buttons would. A clever adjustable damping 'FlexRide' system was developed for this car, enabling drivers to choose a chassis setup that matches their own particular driving style. TruckCabinFilter selectedCabinList, null ; truckCabinFilter. The mood is helped by adaptive ambient lighting and a massive amount of attention has also been paid to the seats which have been specially designed to set new standards for ergonomics, comfort and safety.