I've had my vec for 7 months now and I love it - but curiosity got the better of me and I had to go for a test drive in the insignia to see what all the fuss is about!
Salesman was very helpful and let me drive for about 15 minutes!!
First impressions were - really nice interior, nicely laid out, feels comfortable ... but....
I'm 6'2 and when my seat is in my normal driving position I can go into the back seat and have plenty of knee room. However in the insignia I did the same thing after driving and my knees were hitting the chair in front!
I also found it quite difficult to get in and out of the back seats - but can easily and quickly slot into the back seats in my vec.
It didnt have a sunglasses holder - didn't have rear cup holders, didn't have a big map reading light, (all of which my vec has) ... and I also found the arm rest rather hard and irritating!
And I don't know if its just me but I drove the 1.8 Exclusiv Insignia and I felt that mine had alot more power to give. The ride comfort was great but the same as it is in my vec and it handled just as good as my vec but no better either!
A small thing I didn't like was the indicators - I like the vecs indicators as they are different to other cars - the insignia's indicators work like every other car now!
The boot seems smaller than the vecs as well - plus one thing that annoyed me was that there are no side compartments in the insignia like you get in the boot of the vec - where I keep all my car cleaning stuff such as hoover and wipes, car oil etc!... with the insignia it would all be rolling around the boot!
All in all I concluded that I did not see what all the fuss is about and it seems like they have went backwards with the basic spec and it felt alot smaller inside than my vec ... so I have decided to stick with what I have!
Has anyone got any thoughts they would like to add?!