OK as you know I am changing the Vectra due to the car being clocked etc etc.
So I was immediately on the hunt for another SRi CDTi 150, but noticed that just scraping in to my budget is the Insignia SRi 1.8 petrol, this had got me really thinking and debating with myself as I do like the Insignia from all the ones I have hired. now to be frank I cannot afford the CDTi so it would be a 1.8 petrol and I wondered about the comparative economy.
Well imagine my delight on Friday when I arrived at Stansted about 8am from Glasgow and Europcar gave me,,,,Yip a 430 mile old Insignia 1.8 SRi
I then left stansted for a "short trip" down to Dover and back. I reset the trip economy and drove the car in the exact same style as the Vectra, not thrashing it but not Ecowarrior either.
Roads were great no hold up's either way the Insignia is a lovely place to be I have to say, but,,,,,,, something isn't quite "yet" for me it's nice, I mean lovely, but it didn't feel as right for me now as the Vectra, I adore my Vectra but didn't think I would after this, the seats are better, the dash is so major league modern, the handbrake annoyed me as does the Passat's, the controls are nice, the instruments great but that rear visibility! with a bum like J'lo this car needs decent reverse viewing or camera & sensor's.
Economy? I was gutted as down the M2 I had sat at 76mph (tom tom satnav) and on the M25 M11 I drove due to varying speeds road works and congestion, I even came back up the A20, Blackwall A406 M11 for variety, and managed,,,,,, 34.2mpg Not bad but the Vectra would be 20mpg ahead over the same running.
Given the economy, and the way I feel about the car itself and the Vectra, it is another Vectra for me right now, in a couple of years then an Insignia CDTi SRi will be a no-brainer.