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The Vauxhall Insignia is only small details away from rivalling the class best
The Insignia for me is a strange one; sometimes I like it, sometimes I don't.
This is a good addition to the range as it needed a high powered diesel engine to compete against the Mondeo et al.
I remember that on launch, the big criticism of the 159 was that it was too heavy. However it's 2.4 200bhp diesel is faster 0-62 than this Insignia (and equivalent Mondeo). Was the criticism justified and if not, why isn't there the same criticism towards this car?
A great addition to the Insignia line up and imo more desirable than the A4 and Superb mentioned.A pre reg should be a wise buy too because its not going to fly out of showrooms at that price.
This looks expensive but capable. It would probably be a great car to have long term.
On another note, when rumours of this 190bhp engine in the Insignia surfaced, I remember saying that it will need 4WD. Clearly my opinions are valued highly at Vauxhall. ;-)
Interesting power train but...i worry for Vauxhall. It manages to be a completely forgettable and undesirable car. Even the VXR is a bit 'meh'. They need to make their cars more distinctive..
At list price, yes I would argue too that it was too expensive. However, after discounts this car would be significantly cheaper than you could get the Audi for and probably knocking on Skoda's door for value.
At that point, I'd pick the Vauxhall over the two any day.
It's all about the twisties........
why do Vauxhall continue with this daft 2 tier pricing structure. A list price around 25 to 30% more than people will pay, and the actual transaction price. No one pays anywhere near list for these things, and P11d is still based on it so even the CoCar driver suffers.
If the 3 cars Autocar mentioned were compared at transaction prices instead of list i am sure the Vauxhall would look the cheapest, and probably the best too. Its sad they have to sell them so cheap, but the excessively high list price does nothing but put people off
[quote artill]If the 3 cars Autocar mentioned were compared at transaction prices instead of list i am sure the Vauxhall would look the cheapest, and probably the best too.[/quote]
I agree, also the Insignia is better looking than either and better riding than the Audi.
Never a car I would consider but good on Vauxhall for producing some niche choices within their range. These traditional volume makes are getting pretty squeezed so it's nice they still have the odd left-field choice in there and haven't boiled it down to a handful of best sellers.
[quote Maxycat] ...and better riding than the Audi.[/quote]
True, but then almost anything is better riding than an Audi, I've had four of them, and each one was actually worse than its predecessor, Audi ride comfort continues to deteriorate in my experience.
[quote artill] A list price around 25 to 30% more than people will pay, and the actual transaction price. No one pays anywhere near list for these things, and P11d is still based on it so even the CoCar driver suffers.[/quote]
I'd love an answer to this too.
Smells like a cosy arrangement with HM Revenue to keep taxes up on company cars.
Anyone know why the high lists on fleet fodder Vx, Ford et al?