Executive estate performance bargain!
The motoring press are a funny lot... if you pay attention to the reviews they give the Signum, you would think it must be some sort of real oddball vehicle - they really dislike it when a vehicle comes along that they can't pigeonhole into one of their designated categories.
When I started looking around for a luxury estate type vehicle, I considered quite a few different models and finally concluded that a BMW 330D SE touring would fit the bill as it had the requisite qualities in terms of comfort, power and economy.
The only drawback being the high purchase price.
That was until I happened upon a Signum 3.0 V6 CDTI...
This has to be one of the best kept secrets of nearly new vehicles in the trade.
Thanks to the poor reception it has received by motoring journalists, initial depreciation is crippling and nearly new ones come along at bargain basement prices.
In terms of performance and comfort alone it really isn't far off the BMW. The BMW 3.0 litre turbodiesel is widely held to be the best diesel motor of its size available, well, having driven both, I can tell you the 3.0 litre V6 CDTI unit from Vauxhall is very much a gem as well, with huge amounts of torque available - in the real world of everyday use, the performance is very, very similar indeed. Where the Signum really scores is in equipment levels and PRICE!
Mine was bought at just 6 months old (ex Vauxhall management vehicle) with 1500 miles on the clock, full leather, sat nav, CD/MP3 player, climate control and 6 speed gearbox and 3 year warranty for just over £15K... almost half list price! Whilst it may still continue to depreciate slightly more heavily than the BMW - in real cash terms it will lose significantly less money over the next 2 years. So, if you are looking for a classy, high performance executive estate and aren't a badge snob, then the Signum just cannot be ignored.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st August, 2006