Vauxhall Insignia Review

This is the average score given by leading car publications from 29 reviews
  • Stylish looks
  • Excellent cabin
  • Value for money
  • Cramped rear headroom
  • Restricted visibility
  • The Ford Mondeo exists…
26.2 - 76.3
Co2 emissions
98 - 249 g/km
Road tax
£0 - £500 /year
Safety rating

The Vauxhall Insignia is a mid-size family car that can be ordered as a saloon or a hatchback. Its closest rivals are the Ford Mondeo, Volkswagen Passat and Skoda Superb.

The interior of the Insignia is a huge step forward compared to the old Vectra. Material quality and the overall layout have been greatly improved, but it still falls behind the Volkswagen Passat and passenger space isn’t as generous as you might expect.

The Insignia is a very capable motorway cruiser. The ride soaks up bumps and imperfections nicely and hardly any noise filters its way into the cabin at speed. It won’t entertain the driver the way a Mondeo will, but after a long drive in the Insignia you never feel tired or worn out.

The Insignia is a decent value family or company car – but there's a new one on the way

Mat Watson
carwow expert

The 2.0-litre diesel is the best choice of engine. What impresses the most is the pulling power at low speeds and its hushed nature on the motorway. Some of the petrols are faster, but none can match the low fuel consumption of the diesels or the 1.6-litre model’s free road tax.

Equipment levels are good and every Insignia comes with climate control, DAB digital radio with Bluetooth phone connectivity, automatic lights as well as cruise control. See the paint shades available for the Vauxhall Insignia and check if it’ll fit into your life with our dimensions guide.

The Insignia is still overlooked by some people on the basis of its predecessors’ reputation rather than its own. It may be the successor to the little-loved Vectra, but this is a different car built on a global platform that sells in big numbers all over the world.

It might not be the very best car in its class, and it’s already faded into the background on the roads, but if you buy the right model it can be great value and is well worth recommending for that reason alone.

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