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    Vauxhall Insignia (2008-)
    On sale: Jan 2009 Class: Large cars
    New price: £17,830 - £36,580 Used price: From £9,095
    .....

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    Overall Score 63%

    Stylish-looking, especially the estate.
    Satisfying to drive, with a strong series of engines.
    High equipment levels, and a comfortable cabin.
    Rear headroom is limited, and the estate’s more about style than space.
    Noisy diesel engine.
    Terrible reliability so far.

    Vauxhall’s Vectra sank to the bottom of the large car pile after gaining a reputation as a
    standard-issue rep’s car. The derision heaped upon it was undeserved, but Vauxhall’s sales
    figures didn’t lie: high-profit private sales were severely lacking, after heavy discounting was
    applied to fleet sales. Enter the Vectra’s replacement, the Insignia.
    An all-new large car, it’s better-placed to steal sales from Ford’s successful Mondeo as well
    as other accomplished rivals such as the Citroen C5, Mazda 6. There’s loads of choice within
    the Insignia range, which comes in saloon, hatchback and estate (Tourer) body styles. There
    are some decent engines, and most versions get a six-speed gearbox with a very positive,
    clean gearshift.
    The frumpy Vectra has been replaced by the swoopy Insignia – but its sleek lines aren’t
    very accommodating for rear-seat passengers, who will notice the poor headroom. If that
    matters, then try the Sports Tourer estate, which has better headroom, though its boot’s not
    terribly large.
    The Insignia is much better on the road than the Vectra, with sharp, feelsome steering,
    nimble handling and a compliant ride – even without the optional FlexRide switchable
    suspension. The clever 1.6 turbo petrol engine produces a healthy 178bhp with a claimed
    36.7mpg. We tried the fleet-friendly 2.0 diesel (160bhp) which delivers lively performance,
    although it’s a little rough at times. It recorded an average of 47.1mpg (claimed 48.7mpg).
    The manual gearbox shifts cleanly and there’s an auto option for most petrol and diesel
    engines. The saloon’s boot holds a decent 470 litres or 875 litres once you’ve folded the seats.
    The biggest issue we’ve found so far is the horrible reliability. For a car that went on sale
    only two years ago to already get a one-star rating in this area should be a real cause for
    concern.


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    Used price: £11,695
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    New price: £35,150
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    0-62mph: 5.9 secs
    Most Efficient Model
    2.0 CDTi ecoFLEX Elite Nav [160] 4dr [Start
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    New price: £29,190
    Used price: -
    Combined fuel economy: 62.8 mpg
    Cheapest Model to buy new
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    New price: £17,830
    Cheapest Model to buy used
    1.8i 16V S 4dr
    Used price: £9,095
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    1.4T 16V ES 5dr
    New price: £18,800
    Running costs: £17,352
    (3 years/36,000 miles)
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    Overview
    Owner’s View


    On the road
    We have few complaints over how the Insignia drives. There’s lots that’s positive about the
    experience, not least a supple ride and direct, involving steering. The diesel engine is lively, if a
    little noisy.
    Performance .....
    The 2.0 CDTi (158bhp) Insignia we tested felt very lively, and easily capable of pulling a full load
    of passengers and luggage. It’s flexible too, so high revs aren’t necessary for swift progress. A
    very pleasant gearbox shifts quickly and smoothly through all six ratios, although some drivers
    may find the clutch a touch heavier than they’d like.
    Model tested
    Acceleration (37-62mph)
    Rating
    diesel 2.0 (160bhp) manual 5-door (2010)
    5.2 secs
    .....
    diesel 2.0CDTi (160bhp) manual 4-door (2009)
    5.2 secs
    .....
    diesel 2.0CDTi (160bhp) manual ecoFlex 4-door
    (2009)
    5.5 secs
    ....
    petrol 2.0 (220bhp) manual 4-door (2009)
    3.8 secs
    .....


    Ride comfort ....
    The stodgy, stiff ride of the Vectra has been ditched in favour of a supple, absorbent ride which
    doesn’t compromise driving enjoyment. It’s as good as Ford’s Mondeo, itself established as a
    class-leader in this respect.
    We tested the optional FlexRide adaptive damping, which has three settings: Standard,
    Sport and Tour. Left to its own devices it’ll sharpen up if it detects enthusiastic cornering or an
    emergency avoidance situation – and it’ll soften things up while cruising, too. More importantly,
    passengers won’t complain about the ride – although strangely, the ride comfort from the back
    seat is notably worse than that experienced by front seat passengers.
    Model tested
    Rating
    diesel 2.0 (160bhp) manual 5-door (2010)
    ....
    diesel 2.0CDTi (160bhp) manual 4-door (2009)
    ....
    diesel 2.0CDTi (160bhp) manual ecoFlex 4-door (2009)
    ....
    petrol 2.0 (220bhp) manual 4-door (2009)
    ....


    Vauxhall Insignia (2008-)
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    How we test

    Performance
    We use the sophisticated electronic timing
    equipment to record standing-start and
    in-gear acceleration, and repeat each test
    several times.

    Ride comfort
    Ride comfort is assessed by our laboratory
    experts who have driven hundreds of
    thousands of miles in a myriad of different
    models.


    Handling ....
    The Insignia’s steering feel is better in Sport mode, but in truth the FlexRide option isn’t strictly
    necessary as the standard car drives perfectly well. Stability control is standard-fit across the
    range, to help you stay in control under fast cornering.
    Model tested
    Rating
    diesel 2.0 (160bhp) manual 5-door (2010)
    .....
    diesel 2.0CDTi (160bhp) manual 4-door (2009)
    ....
    diesel 2.0CDTi (160bhp) manual ecoFlex 4-door (2009)
    ....
    petrol 2.0 (220bhp) manual 4-door (2009)
    ....


    Brakes ....
    The Insignia’s brakes are a particular highlight: we couldn’t faze them in our testing, as proved
    by the impressively short average stopping distance from 62mph: just 35.0m. The pedal
    weighting is perhaps a touch over-sensitive but we’re really splitting hairs here.
    Model tested
    Braking distance (62-0mph)
    Rating
    diesel 2.0 (160bhp) manual 5-door (2010)
    34.7m
    .....
    diesel 2.0CDTi (160bhp) manual 4-door (2009)
    34.7m
    .....
    diesel 2.0CDTi (160bhp) manual ecoFlex 4-door
    (2009)
    38.5m
    ....
    petrol 2.0 (220bhp) manual 4-door (2009)
    37.0m
    ....


    Refinement and noise ....
    Engine sound-proofing is a bit of a let-down in the Insignia, which does almost everything else
    particularly well. It could be that the lack of wind and road noise emphasises the racket coming
    from under the bonnet, but other medium car rivals are noticeably more subdued. In truth, it’s
    only a problem if you’re using high revs, but we’d still like to see a bit more insulation.
    The Insignia’s overall ambience is a big improvement on the low-rent Vectra’s. Cabin
    plastics are conspicuously high-quality without being overtly flash. A spare wheel isn’t
    standard-fit, however; instead a ‘pump and goo’ system is provided, which won’t necessarily
    get you out of trouble.
    Model tested
    Cruising noise
    Rating
    diesel 2.0 (160bhp) manual 5-door (2010)
    67dB
    ....
    diesel 2.0CDTi (160bhp) manual 4-door (2009)
    67dB
    ....
    diesel 2.0CDTi (160bhp) manual ecoFlex 4-door (2009)
    68dB
    ....
    petrol 2.0 (220bhp) manual 4-door (2009)
    68dB
    ....


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    On the road continued...
    How we test
    Handling

    On-the-limit handling is explored well
    away from public roads to ensure a fair
    test. Our obstacle avoidance test is one of
    the harshest tests in the industry..
    Brakes

    The Which? Car braking test measures
    stopping distance from 62-0mph and is
    repeated ten times in quick succession to
    highlight any brake fade issues.

    Refinement and noise
    The Which? Car experts use a decibel
    meter to record interior sound levels
    at common UK motorway speeds, and
    combine this with subjective assessments
    to arrive at an overall score.


    Cabin and controls ....
    Some of the Insignia’s minor controls require a quick check of the handbook to master, and
    the optional sat nav system can take a bit of getting used to. For instance, there are two menu
    control knobs: one integral with the radio and another mounted behind the gear lever. It’s not
    obvious which knob does what, and more confusingly, some things are adjustable from either
    control and other things aren’t. Fortunately, Vauxhall seems to have ditched its infuriating
    indicator stalks in favour of conventional ‘click-return’ units which are intuitive to operate.
    Model tested
    Rating
    diesel 2.0 (160bhp) manual 5-door (2010)
    ....
    diesel 2.0CDTi (160bhp) manual 4-door (2009)
    ....
    diesel 2.0CDTi (160bhp) manual ecoFlex 4-door (2009)
    ....
    petrol 2.0 (220bhp) manual 4-door (2009)
    ....


    Visibility and parking ...
    The Insignia features daytime running lights so it’s easy for other road users to see it.
    Unfortunately the same can’t be said for the poor Insignia driver, who’ll struggle to see out of
    the cabin. Thick pillars all round restrict visibility (particularly rearwards) and it’s hard to judge
    parking dimensions without the optional parking sensors.
    The Insignia features a novel road sign recognition system that reads oncoming warning
    signs and relays this information to the driver. We’ve yet to test this system fully but it may be a
    useful safety feature to help drivers disseminate various incoming information.
    Model tested
    Turning circle
    Rating
    diesel 2.0 (160bhp) manual 5-door (2010)
    11.4m
    ...
    diesel 2.0CDTi (160bhp) manual 4-door (2009)
    11.4m
    ...
    diesel 2.0CDTi (160bhp) manual ecoFlex 4-door (2009)
    11.4m
    ....
    petrol 2.0 (220bhp) manual 4-door (2009)
    11.4m
    ...


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    On the road continued...
    How we test
    Cabin and controls

    We penalise cars with difficult controls,
    and we look for things like backlit light
    switches and easy-to-use heating and
    ventilation adjustments.
    Visibility and parking

    Visibility is a major issue for motorists
    today, so each car gets a 360-degree
    swivel view test to reproduce the driver’s
    eye view and any obscured areas.


    Comfort and practicality
    The Insignia is very comfortable for front seat passengers, though not necessarily spacious for
    people in the rear. Its boot is a decent size, though marred by floor intrusions.
    Getting in and out ....
    It can be a bit of a scramble to get into the Insignia thanks to its fashionably low roofline. The
    wide distance between the door sills and the seats is also unhelpful in this respect. The door
    check straps are helpfully strong, so it’s unlikely that the doors will fall shut if parked on a hill.
    Remote central locking is standard but we’re not so keen on the keyless entry, which has the
    potential for locking your keys inside.
    Model tested
    Rating
    diesel 2.0 (160bhp) manual 5-door (2010)
    ....
    diesel 2.0CDTi (160bhp) manual 4-door (2009)
    ....
    diesel 2.0CDTi (160bhp) manual ecoFlex 4-door (2009)
    ....
    petrol 2.0 (220bhp) manual 4-door (2009)
    ....


    Seat space and comfort ...
    There’s lots of space and adjustment for the driver, and the leather-trimmed ‘premium’ seats
    we tried were extremely comfortable and supportive. Vauxhall has obviously spent time and
    money optimising a seat that doesn’t just look good, but is genuinely comfortable over long
    distances. There’s not much wrong with the rear seat either, but a lack of headroom will make
    life uncomfortable for anyone over 5’8”.
    Model tested
    Rating
    diesel 2.0 (160bhp) manual 5-door (2010)
    ....
    diesel 2.0CDTi (160bhp) manual 4-door (2009)
    ...
    diesel 2.0CDTi (160bhp) manual ecoFlex 4-door (2009)
    ...
    petrol 2.0 (220bhp) manual 4-door (2009)
    ...


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    How we test
    Getting in and out

    We take measurements all around the
    driver and passenger’s door apertures
    and note the height of the seat, door sills
    and step down onto the car floor. The
    best cars don’t require too much bending
    or stretching to get in and out.

    Seat space and comfort
    We assess seat comfort subjectively,
    using our road testers’ expert knowledge
    and experience from thousands of different
    cars. And we measure the head-, leg-
    and elbowroom on offer in every seat, to
    see how well the car caters for people of
    all shapes and sizes.


    Boot and storage ....
    The Insignia’s boot is almost perfect, save for some floor intrusions that may interfere with
    loading and unloading heavy items. The saloon’s capacity of 470 litres is good, though not
    quite up to the standards of its Ford Mondeo rival. Hatchback capacity will be similar although
    loading and unloading will be slightly better on that bodystyle.
    The estate version features auxiliary rear lights built into the sides that illuminate if the
    bootlid is open, so drivers behind can see an indicator, for instance. It’s a fiddly and rather over-
    complex system, which eats into the available load-space, and the estate’s boot has a high
    load lip with a wide, easily-scratched painted area.
    The hatch and saloon have a fixed rear seat base so there’s an annoying step in the boot
    floor; this problem has been solved in the estate by virtue of double-jointed rear seat folding
    mechanism.
    Model tested
    Boot space (seats up/down)
    Rating
    diesel 2.0 (160bhp) manual 5-door (2010)
    480 litres / 860 litres
    ....
    diesel 2.0CDTi (160bhp) manual 4-door (2009)
    460 litres / 865 litres
    ...
    diesel 2.0CDTi (160bhp) manual ecoFlex 4-door
    (2009)
    460 litres / 865 litres
    ...
    petrol 2.0 (220bhp) manual 4-door (2009)
    360 litres / 765 litres
    ...


    Heating and ventilation ....
    The powerful heating system is sufficient for the car although the diesel takes quite a while to
    warm up – a typical diesel trait. Many Insignias feature dual-zone climate control,although rear
    seat passengers get a raw deal in this respect as air distribution to this part of the cabin is poor.
    Model tested
    Rating
    diesel 2.0 (160bhp) manual 5-door (2010)
    ....
    diesel 2.0CDTi (160bhp) manual 4-door (2009)
    ....
    diesel 2.0CDTi (160bhp) manual ecoFlex 4-door (2009)
    ....
    petrol 2.0 (220bhp) manual 4-door (2009)
    ....


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    Comfort and practicality continued...
    How we test
    Boot and storage

    Carmakers give official stats for boot
    space, but our tests are more realistic. We
    load the boot up with measuring blocks
    only as far as the rear window line, so
    that luggage is well secured and won’t
    obscure rear visibility. We repeat the test
    with the rear seats up, and folded down
    (where possible).
    Heating and ventilation

    Feel sorry for the tester who has to warm
    each car up from a frosty -10 degrees in
    our climate chamber. Starting with a cold
    engine, we measure how long it takes to
    warm up the front and rear of the cabin.
    Diesel cars usually take longer. We also
    check the effectiveness of air conditioning,
    where fitted.


    Running costs and depreciation
    The Insignia looks good value; whilst starting prices are higher than for some rivals, hefty
    discounts are likely to be available - which will go some way to offset the depreciation (loss
    in value). Insurance should be reasonable (from group 7) as well as servicing, except for the
    complex V6 models with four-wheel drive, which are also thirsty and classed in high tax bands.
    Fuel consumption
    We drove the 2.0 CDTi (158bhp) manual Vectra, which is likely to be the top seller, thanks to a
    good combination of value, performance and economy. It certainly delivered on the last count
    – we measured a decent 47.1mpg compared to the official figure of 48.7mpg.

    Petrol (combined mpg, claimed) 24.2 mpg - 37.2 mpg

    Diesel (combined mpg, claimed) 40.9 mpg - 62.8 mpg

    Model tested
    Urban (claimed/tested)
    diesel 2.0 (160bhp) manual 5-door (2010)
    40.9 mpg/36.7 mpg
    diesel 2.0CDTi (160bhp) manual 4-door (2009)
    36.7 mpg/36.7 mpg
    diesel 2.0CDTi (160bhp) manual ecoFlex 4-door (2009)
    41.5 mpg/40.4 mpg
    petrol 2.0 (220bhp) manual 4-door (2009)
    22.4 mpg/23.7 mpg

    Model tested
    Extra urban (claimed/tested)
    diesel 2.0 (160bhp) manual 5-door (2010)
    61.4 mpg/58.9 mpg
    diesel 2.0CDTi (160bhp) manual 4-door (2009)
    60.1 mpg/58.9 mpg
    diesel 2.0CDTi (160bhp) manual ecoFlex 4-door (2009)
    67.3 mpg/65.7 mpg
    petrol 2.0 (220bhp) manual 4-door (2009)
    42.2 mpg/43.5 mpg

    Model tested
    Motorway (measured)
    diesel 2.0 (160bhp) manual 5-door (2010)
    44.8 mpg
    diesel 2.0CDTi (160bhp) manual 4-door (2009)
    44.8 mpg
    diesel 2.0CDTi (160bhp) manual ecoFlex 4-door (2009)
    44.8 mpg
    petrol 2.0 (220bhp) manual 4-door (2009)
    34.0 mpg

    Model tested
    Combined (claimed/tested)
    diesel 2.0 (160bhp) manual 5-door (2010)
    52.3 mpg/47.1 mpg
    diesel 2.0CDTi (160bhp) manual 4-door (2009)
    48.7 mpg/47.1 mpg
    diesel 2.0CDTi (160bhp) manual ecoFlex 4-door (2009)
    54.7 mpg/50.4 mpg
    petrol 2.0 (220bhp) manual 4-door (2009)
    31.7 mpg/33.6 mpg


    Vauxhall Insignia (2008-)
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    How we test
    Fuel consumption

    We test fuel economy under strict lab
    conditions – using realistic test cycles – to
    reveal the facts behind the figures. Our
    figures rarely match manufacturer claims
    as, unlike the official mpg test, we measure
    economy with both a hot and cold
    engine, and on the motorway.


    Emissions
    The popular 2.0-litre diesel emits a reasonably low-tax 154g/km, not bad for a large car like this,
    and the emissions-optimised Ecoflex models bring that figure down to 136g/km. The popular
    1.8i petrol emits 179g/km - but at the other end, the turbocharged V6 VXR puts out a whopping
    268g/km, putting it in the top-rate tax band along with huge gas-guzzlers like the Porsche
    Cayenne and Range Rover.

    Petrol (CO2, claimed) 129g per km - 274g per km

    Diesel (CO2, claimed) 115g per km - 179g per km

    Model tested
    Emissions (claimed/tested)
    diesel 2.0 (160bhp) manual 5-door (2010)
    144g per km/158g per km
    diesel 2.0CDTi (160bhp) manual 4-door (2009)
    154g per km/159g per km
    diesel 2.0CDTi (160bhp) manual ecoFlex 4-door (2009)
    136g per km/148g per km
    petrol 2.0 (220bhp) manual 4-door (2009)
    208g per km/207g per km


    Safety and security
    The Insignia is very well endowed with safety features, both passive (crash safety) and active
    (accident avoidance). We particularly appreciate the standard-fit electronic stability control
    (ESC) which is responsive and effective. Other highlights include double-pretensioner seat
    belts and front seat head restraints with whiplash protection. These features, in conjunction
    with a full complement of airbags, also helped the Insignia achieve a very respectable Euro
    NCAP score.
    Euro NCAP score .....
    The Insignia achieved a full five-star result in the Euro NCAP crash tests for adult occupant
    protection, with four stars for child protection and two for pedestrian protection.
    Here is the video of the 2008 Vauxhall Insignia saloon Euro NCAP frontal, side and pole
    crash tests.

    (Year tested: 2009)
    Adult occupant
    94%
    Child protection
    79%
    Pedestrian protection
    40%
    Safety assist
    71%


    Which? safety rating .....

    Active (crash avoidance)
    75%
    Passive (crash safety)
    85%
    Child
    80%
    Pedestrian
    31%


    Security

    Theft of car: Theft from car:
    ..... ....
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    Running costs and depreciation continued...
    How we test

    Emissions
    While testing fuel economy, we also
    collect exhaust gases to enable us to
    measure the amount of carbon dioxide
    (CO2) emitted. We also check whether
    particulate filters are effective at removing
    sooty emissions from diesel engines.
    Safety

    We rate cars for safety using Euro NCAP
    crash test scores (where available),
    alongside our own comprehensive safety
    checklist. Uniquely, we also feed in results
    from our accident avoidance test – after
    all, it’s far better to steer around a crash
    than rely on the airbags...

    Security
    Security scores come from the security
    experts at Thatcham, who break into
    hundreds of cars each year. Most modern
    cars are very difficult to drive away, but
    are still too easy to steal from.


    Which? Car Survey 2011 results
    The Which? Car Survey is the UK’s biggest and best reliability and owner satisfaction survey.
    In 2011, drivers told us about 63,727 cars, covering a total of 520 million miles in the previous
    12 months (that’s equivalent to driving 21,000 times around the world). This unique feedback
    allows us to rate satisfaction and reliability for hundreds of new and used cars.
    Brand: Vauxhall Sample size: 3,600 people
    Vauxhall ratings

    Overall owner satisfaction 69%
    Brand reliability ..
    Dealer Sales Service ..
    Dealer Servicing and repair ..
    Model: Vauxhall Insignia (2008-) Sample size: 118 people
    Ownership ratings

    Overall owner satisfaction 71%
    Performance .... / ...
    Ride quality (diesel/petrol) .... / ....
    Handling ....
    Noise (diesel/petrol) .. / ....
    Visibility and parking .
    Driving position ....
    Dash layout ....
    Build quality ...
    Space in front ....
    space in rear ...
    Loading / storage ....
    Heating and ventilation (diesel/petrol) ... / ...
    Styling .....
    Enjoyability ...
    Owner’s View

    Owner’s View

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    About our survey

    Brand ratings
    Everyone who takes part in the Which?
    Car survey tells us about their car and
    the dealers who sell and service it. We
    analyse this feedback across all cars to
    give top-level satisfaction ratings for each
    brand, including the brand’s reliability
    record over the last eight years. All star
    ratings are out of five.

    Model ownership ratings
    These show how owners score this car
    in 12 different areas, from performance to
    heating. Owners’ ratings are subjective –
    so may differ from Which? Car test scores
    – but they give a good idea of what the
    car is like to live with. Where relevant, cars
    are scored against other cars in the same
    class (e.g. for space).


    Reliability ratings

    2003 - 2007 2008 - 2011
    Petrol Breakdowns - ...
    Faults - .
    Niggles - ..
    Diesel Breakdowns - ..
    Faults - .
    Niggles - ..
    Petrol/Diesel Breakdowns - -
    Faults - -
    Niggles - -
    Most common faults

    2003 - 2007
    - -
    - -
    - -
    - -
    - -
    2008 - 2011
    Non-eng’ electrics 13%
    Brakes (D) 8%
    Engine electrics (P) 8%
    ECU (P) 8%
    Cooling system (P) 8%
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    Which? Car Survey 2011 results continued...
    About our survey
    Reliability ratings

    We split reliability into breakdowns (including
    failure to start), faults (where parts
    need replacing) and problems (minor issues
    e.g. squeaks and loose trim). Where
    the car has been on sale for some time,
    and we have numerous survey responses
    from owners, we also split scores by the
    age of car and fuel type. Star ratings are
    out of five – the more stars, the more reliable
    the car.

    Most common faults
    Want to know what’s most likely to go
    wrong as the car gets older? These are
    the five most common faults reported by
    owners, grouped by age into new, recent
    and older cars. A score of 40% means
    four out of 10 owners reported problems
    with that part of the car over the previous
    12 months. Engine electrics and non-engine
    electrics (e.g. windows, stereo) cause
    more headaches than mechanical parts in
    most modern cars.

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    It's an interesting review and there is plenty to agree with.

    There are a few things I think they did get wrong though.

    The Insignia (Sri v Sri) is not much better on the road than the Vectra. It's better - particularly at changing direction at speed - but not much better.

    The brakes are not over sensitive. One of the standout features is they have loads of feel and are very accurate. Try a Meriva B for the definition of over sensitive brakes.

    47.1 MPG from the 160 cdti?!!! They must have been driving at 1000 RPM. 40 is more realistic. To add to that (and contrary to the articlea) high revs are needed to make decent progress. Gear changes galore on A roads come with the (diesel) territory.

    Cabin noise in mine is very low. The engine sounds very distant even at high revs but I have read others complain about the noise level in their cars so bit non plussed on this one.

    The controls - including the satnav- are not confusing. There are lots of options on how the car is set up but I would rather have that and have to read the manual than have a one size fits all.

    The clutch isn't heavy but the overall visibility does take some getting used to. Once you have parked it a few times it's not an issue. Readability from the 118 Which owners does look poor.

    I'm surprised they didn't mention the hill start which is crap and the so called tunnel detection auto lights which don't work. A rubbish solution to a problem that doesn't exist.

    Finally the SE is the one model I would not buy. It's too much of a halfway house for me and always seems to be the model that gets discounted the heaviest later in the production cycle.

    Still a good article though.

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