I've noted that a few people have at various times mentioned that they thought the new Insignia is not so wide as the Vec-c. While pruning out my hard-drive today I came across the online Vec-c manual, so I thought I would check to see how it compared size wise with the Insignia.
Overall Length = 4830
Width to out side of Mirrors is. 2084 (excluding door mirrors its 1856)
Overall Length is 4611
Overall Width with Mirrors = 2036 (exluding mirrors 1798)
Thats almost 9" longer than the Vec-c, and 2" wider. FACT.
So in area's Length and Width the Insignia is noticable larger.
With regard to rear passenger leg room, despite some claims that it seemed smaller, it does in fact have 2 inches more leg room, according to the internal dimensions. I think, why it appeared smaller is perhaps due to the reduced headroom, due to the sloping roofline, But I'm 6ft and having been in the rear today (first time as a passenger) and I had no issues with lack of head room.
I thought I would dispell a couple of myths, I think it may have given this illusion due to the slightly higher rear end appearance than the vec, the bonnet is also a touch higher to comply with Pedestrian saftey regs.
My youngest son now has a new shape 58 Mondeo Titanuim X Diesel, and its quite amazing how similar the cars are, though we both prefer the darker console finish of the Insignia compared with the light silver on his Mondeo, some sites have have said that the mondeo appeared a larger car but today having driven mine, my son thinks the Insignia is the larger of the two cars. Will know for sure after he has checked his manual.
In conclusion I think he was pleasantly surprised, but he seems to have a issue with the Griffin badge, (any Griffin badge) lol, silly man.
BTW, as anyone noticed that the engine wont start unless the clutch has been depressed due to the ignition autostart gismo doing its stuff.