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    Hey again .

    I was previously looking at the SE 4x4 Auto Nav SE version of the insigina but have recently been attracted to the lower priced (about £16,000) 1.8 Nav SE.

    I see the car has a slower 0-60 (11 seconds I believe?), but is the engine really ok for a car of that size?

    My plan is to use it for enjoyment rather than commuting/work, it would probally be on the motorways quite a bit as I like to travel.

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    IMHO
    I have a Signum 2.2 petrol direct
    I looked at and drove the 1.8 petrol Insignia and it felt much slower and more sluggish than the Insignia, which my pal with a 1.8 Vectra always said went much better than his and it is heavier than the Vectra

    I drove the 2L 130ps diesel and it seemed about the same as mine and much better accelleration than the 1.8

    As the 2L 160ps is only about £250 more - I've ordered one of them.

    I have one on corporate loan now and have done around 400 miles in it - fairly hard driving mix of motorway and country, town roads. Averaged 42 mpg and avg speed 46mph. I can say I am happy with the performance and prepared to pay the extra.

    I reckon I "might" get payback in 3 or so years, but I don't mind as I am prepared to pay that bit extra get the bonus of improved performance...

    Define enjoyment - mine is occasional spirited driving, making progress (safely) and being able to overtake, if yours is pottering about at 10mph below the speed limit everywhere, being happy to follow the queue and just cruise on the motorway - then it may be for you.

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    well by enjoyment I ment driving for things I want to do, not need to do.. day trips out, weekends to scotland and the south of england.

    I'm not really a speed freak and as long as it can actually do the speed limit, and I am driving in comfort thats all that matters.

    I'll give it a couple of months and see if any 2.0 cars appear in the used sections, I see a fully kitted elite the other day for 22k so maybe an SE will appear as well.

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    The 2L engines that Whoosh mentions are the diesels not the 2.0T petrol.

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    [QUOTE=Whoosh;903876]IMHO

    ......"as the 2L 160ps is only about £250 more - I've ordered one of them."


    Lucky you folks! In Norway the 160 bph diesel costs about £3500 (NOK 35.000) than the 130 bhp diesel

    We pay about £100 for each bhp in "bhp-tax" !

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    I drove the 1.8 Insignia is SE spec, found that you really have to push the accelerator to get the car to go. I would recommend the 2.0 diesel, or possibly give the new 1.6 turbo a whirl?

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