2009 Vauxhall Insignia CDTi SRi 2.0 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
Just a good car
The dreaded Diesel Particle Filter (DPF) light intermittently on and off - a common problem on most modern diesels and a real annoyance, seems to light up every now and then and go out on its own, even after "clearing out" with aggressive acceleration. Mechanic reckons it's just the sensor and does not need replaced yet, though will be expensive when the time comes.
A great car to drive and a huge improvement over the previous Vectra (though not as bad a car as people made out), the Insignia is an all new car designed from the ground up, now on par with the Ford Mondeo on overall ability (I can comment, I have owned both, to be honest there is little in it now, they are both good cars). I think Vauxhall really tried with this one and it shows, the car is nice to be in and the interior is comfortable, smooth driving experience and economical. Mine is a 2009 model; I bought when it was just a year old, which I'm glad at because I think after 2010 they made them all with the electronic handbrake which I do not like, I prefer the old levers. We were doing fine with them, and I hate the modern electronic E-brakes. Mind you, I might upgrade to a 2013 onwards model soon and live with the electronic brake; they have updated the front and rear end - it is one good looking car, and now even better looking. Black SRi models are the best lookers in my opinion.
Used values aren't as strong, as I'd like it to have held its value a bit better, but I got a good deal on this one to begin with. The 2.0 diesel is the one to go for in SRi spec (lovely alloy wheels) however should you see a petrol 1.8, consider it also as modern diesels have a reputation now for being expensive to repair (DPF/DMF/Injectors, etc), and that defeats the purpose of saving money on fuel. So the petrol ones on lower "Exclusiv" specs are worth considering, and you get decent equipment as standard anyway and a decent 1.8 engine.
Overall a good car and a great used buy now at bargain prices; choose one to suit your needs, and be very picky as there are lots out there on the used market now.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th June, 2016