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Vauxhall Insignia (2008-14)

Overall Rating

4 stars

A strong contender in the mid-size market the Insignia comes with saloon or hatchback body styles and choice of five engines.

  • Handsome looks with quality interior
  • Plenty of driving-assist gadgets
  • Good choice of engines
  • Rear seating with un-comfortable middle arm-rest bench seat
  • Auto gearbox
  • Not the best drive in the market
Road Test

The Insignia looks expensive and at first glance can be mistaken for a German-engineered model. The sporty coupé design is sleek and good looking and hasn't compromised space. Good quality interior with gadgets such as Front Camera System can both read and memorise road signs as well as alert drivers if they unintentionally veer off the road; the Hot Shot heated washer fluid takes some of the hassle out of winter driving; and the further improved Adaptive Forward Lighting (AFL) also significantly increases driving safety. It is a four seater rather than five, there is a rear middle bench seat which is hard and made up of folded arm rests so incredibly un-comfortable. Five engines are available which all meet Euro 5 emissions standards and come with either manual or automatic six-speed transmissions. The manual gearboxes are by far the beter option. The three petrol engines range from a four-cylinder 140PS unit to a 260PS V6. The two new direct-injection turbo-diesels developed exclusively for the Insignia are both 2.0-litre capacity, but offer different power and torque outputs of either 130PS/300Nm or 160PS/350Nm. Offered with front-wheel and all-wheel drive, the Adaptive 4X4 system's proactive, instantaneous torque distribution ensures driving stability while providing optimal traction and exceptional dynamics. In the all-wheel drive Insignia, the FlexRide chassis system with its Adaptive Stability Technology helps the car continually adjust to prevailing road conditions and, in addition, allows drivers to select settings to match their mood. FlexRide is also available in the front-wheel drive version. The Insignia is good looking with a quality interior, its not the best drive in the market but the six-speed manual drive is a car to be driven.

Need To Know

Best Models: 2.0 diesels

Replacement: 2013

Vauxhall Insignia (2008-14)
Star Ratings


4 stars


3 stars

Quality & Reliability

5 stars


4 stars


4 stars

Running Costs

4 stars

Value for Money

4 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

4 stars
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