2010 Vauxhall Insignia Exclusiv 2.0 turbo diesel

Summary:

Excellent all rounder

Faults:

DPF warning light.

Various suspension parts and brakes.

Hatch locking motor can be temperamental - probably on its way out.

General maintenance - oil changes, etc.

General Comments:

Got this as a taxi when it was a few years old. Was very impressed with the look of the car. Comfortable, nice quality of materials inside, excellent to drive and ride in. Spacious as well, I'm nearly 6 foot tall and have no problems getting comfortable.

Engine pulled strong while doing well over 50MPG on average; can't say fairer than that. Brakes were tight and it handled much better than my previous Vectra.

Exclusiv model is the basic spec, but it still had plenty of electrics and equipment. If recommending this car to anyone else however I'd say go for the SRi - you get more equipment and even better looking alloy wheels. But if you don't care about that sort of thing, the Exclusiv spec will do just fine. It has all you'll ever need for motorway cruising.

As many other reviews have said about this car and modern cars in general - I hate the electronic parking brake! We were doing fine with a lever. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Vauxhall dealers are as variable as ever - some are good, some are just not interested. As with any car as it gets older and goes out of warranty, find a nice independent to look after your servicing and repairs at reasonable prices. These early Insignias I think were on the road as long ago as 2009, so there should be a good knowledge of them by now at independents.

Overall I think this car is good, and used as a taxi it has stood up well. Feels classier than it is and I think could cut it with German rivals - though it does not hold value anywhere near as well. The faults above are just general wear and tear apart from the DPF (Diesel Particle Filter) - a real pain on all modern diesels, not just this car to be fair. Looking to buy another privately for myself, I'll probably go for a petrol SRi, best option all things considered.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th July, 2017

2010 Vauxhall Insignia Elite Nav 2.0 CDTI turbo diesel

Summary:

A well thought out car, taking in design, comfort and controls

Faults:

I am very pleased with my car. I think it is a real eye catcher in design, and has a great "presence" on the road.

Faults:

Driver's heated seat keeps switching off after about a minute.

Headlight washers. Not working.

Intermittent "clicking" noise from behind the dashboard.

Goes into the dealer in a few days, so hopefully the faults will be sorted.

General Comments:

The car is very comfortable. Especially on long journeys. Fuel economy is good, bearing in mind it is an automatic, but with our current road system, I think it highly unlikely that any car maker's economy figures will be achieved.

The driver controls layout I consider to be logically laid out, and the nighttime control illumination is very clear and comfortable to the eyes.

The auto headlight function is effective and very rapid to respond to other traffic.

Cabin side windows are narrower than my previous car, but that style seems to be on many current cars.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st March, 2013

2010 Vauxhall Insignia CDTi SRi 2.0 turbo diesel

Summary:

Not bad, looks better than it drives

Faults:

Having bought the car in July 2012, I have found that the gear change in first, second and third is clunky; more of a binding issue, as the gears engage with the drive.

Has anyone else experienced this issue, as the car has only just gone through 40k miles?

In addition, mine pulls left, although it has had the tracking done twice by the dealer!

General Comments:

The car is generally very good, but obviously worried!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th December, 2012

2010 Vauxhall Insignia SRi CDTi 160 turbo diesel

Summary:

Overrated, with costly repairs

Faults:

Just had a clutch dual mass fly wheel. Have only covered 25,000 miles. Have owned this from new, and never abused it.

New front pads and discs 01/10/2012.

March 2012, new rear disc and pads.

May 2011, had a recall for software, but I believe it was for the power steering pipe to be changed, as they have had some set alight; was on Watchdog, so buy one at your peril.

p.s. The clutch should have been £1600, but is a lease full repair contract, but Vauxhall charged the leasing company.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th October, 2012

10th Oct 2012, 16:47

These have only just been released in Australia under the Opel badge. New clutch and DMF at 25K. Great... think I'll be keeping my Focus for a while yet.

12th Oct 2012, 12:57

Just shows that an ECOTY Award means diddly squat... What a shame, really because the Insignia is a very nice looking car.

10th Nov 2012, 01:31

Unfortunately, the Opel Insignia here in Australia hasn't lost its camber sensitivity that has been commented on by many in the UK, i.e, pulling to the left when releasing the steering wheel in a straight line.

I had a Vauxhall Vectra in England back in 2004, and this car suffered from the camber sensitivity issue, too.

Whilst Opel are free to push their Insignia range as being prestige here in Australia, I don't see any prestige connotations myself, nor will I buying one sometime soon. The driving experience, whilst quick and refined, and far superior to the Vectra, lacks the handling sharpness and driver involvement of a Mazda 6 or Ford Mondeo.

In reality, the Insignia is a rival to Mazda 6, Ford Mondeo, Honda Accord, Hyundai i40 et al.

But what further sullies the case to buy, is the number of clutch and dual mass flywheel failures, brake issues, and an underbonnet fire documented on one example. Vauxhall's responses to such problems is still very, very coy, even dating back to Vectra handbrake failures.

Is this a case of more of the same, despite the Insignia being a demonstrably superior car than the Vectra?

You be the judge.