Vauxhall Insignia Reviews

2009 Vauxhall Insignia SE 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year2009
Year of manufacture2009
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance100000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Tacuma

Summary:

A looker that's so-so at best

Faults:

Nothing really - the gearbox went at 85k due to accident damage, but that's pilot error, not the car's fault.

General Comments:

I found the performance to be adequate for the small petrol motor - 6th gear @ 85mph all day on the motorway returning 35 - 38 MPG, which I thought was OK. It's a straight line cruiser and not a car for the twisties.

The SE was well equipped - a DAB radio is a must these days - yet despite all this and peerless reliability, I never bonded with this motor and wouldn't have another.

Overall it leaves an indelible blank on the memory!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 20th July, 2013

2009 Vauxhall Insignia Elite Nav 2.0 CDTI turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Model year2009
Year of manufacture2009
First year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.0 CDTI turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired4000 miles
Most recent distance78000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Vectra

Summary:

Good

Faults:

Heated seats - the car has been in and out of the garage approx 20 times. The driver's seat has failed every year since I have owned the car, and the passenger seat has failed twice. I had to complain direct to Vauxhall to replace the leather seat cover, as the seat had been removed so many times the stitching was coming apart. The latest fiasco is that I have been waiting 7 weeks for a modified part, which is on back order and no expected date. The driver's seat part failed within 12 months of last replacement, so should be covered under the part warranty, but whilst waiting for the back order part, the passenger seat has failed again, but there is a question mark whether Vauxhall will pick up the cost for this, as the manufacturer warranty has expired. I will be challenging this, as this is a known fault, and Vauxhall have not exactly gone out of their way to rectify their faulty design.

Each year, when the temperature is warm (about 21 degrees), after moving off from cold, the car goes into a spasm. About 2 minutes into the journey, I have moved into 6th gear at 50+ mph and the car starts a major misfire / stuttering. This lasts for about 30 seconds and then clears. Vauxhall can't find a fault as it is intermittent and no fault found, but something is not right.

Vauxhall front badge on the grille has snapped off. Luckily I spotted this before it came completely off and glued it back on, but I have seen other Insignia models with the front badge missing.

Rear brake discs replaced at 28000 miles due to brake pads scoring the discs. No warning light or code was displayed telling me that pads were low. Handbook says it will. 28K for rear discs is ridiculous, especially as I do mostly motorway driving and very little heavy braking.

General Comments:

The car has reasonable pick up, and mechanically has been reliable, bar the heated seats.

Plenty of room and a nice cabin lay out.

Fuel economy - averages 43.6 MPG for normal driving. The most I have seen was 53.6 MPG by filling up, joining a motorway straight away and cruising at 56mph for the rest of the journey - could be better.

Rear boot narrows so can be a little restrictive loading wide items - wish I had gone for the sports tourer.

Despite the problems, I still love the car and it does pretty much what I want it to. I will keep the car for some time yet, and expect to do 150K+, but following the ongoing problems with the heated seats, I'm not sure if I will stay with Vauxhall in the future.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 10th May, 2013

2010 Vauxhall Insignia Elite Nav 2.0 CDTI turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2010
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 2.0 CDTI turbo diesel Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired6000 miles
Most recent distance11500 miles
Previous carRenault Laguna

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

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 14 reviews