Used Vauxhall Insignia (Mk1, 2008-2017) review - What do owners think?
The Vauxhall Insignia scored poorly for build quality and reliability in Driver Power, but parts should at least be inexpensive
Feedback from the Auto Express Driver Power 2015 satisfaction survey suggests the Vauxhall Insignia isn’t the most dependable car on the market. It ranked in a lowly 170th place in the reliability category of the poll.
The interior makes a decent impression, using good-quality materials. The upmarket feel is enhanced on higher-spec cars, which come with leather upholstery and plusher trim than on entry-level and mid-range versions. However, owners who have lived with the car for some time score it down for build quality (the Insignia ranked 159th in this category in Driver Power 2015).
A year later, a score of 136th in the 2016 Driver Power satisfaction survey was no surprise for an ageing car. However, just one top 100 score was disappointing (67th for practicality). Next came 112th for seat comfort, while the lowest rating was 142nd for ease of driving. Reliability was rated at 141st.
Vauxhall is showing no sign of improvement. A finish of 24th out of 29 brands in our 2021 Driver Power survey of the best manufacturers suggests that visiting a Vauxhall dealer won’t be a pleasurable experience. Finding a cheaper and reliable independent specialist might be the answer.
On the plus side, Insignia parts tend to be inexpensive and the proven engines are reliable if well maintained. It’s also worth remembering that an ex-company car probably led an easy life pounding the motorways of Britain. As regular maintenance is part of a lease agreement, these cars can be excellent used buys.
In this review
- 1Used Vauxhall Insignia (Mk1, 2008-2017) reviewThe Vauxhall Insignia hatchback offers plenty of style and comfort to rival the Ford Mondeo
- 2How much will it cost?Choose your model wisely and running costs can be low, while steep depreciation is great news when buying used
- 3How practical is it?A large boot and plenty of room for passengers make the Insignia a highly practical choice
- 4What’s it like to drive?The Insignia is at its best as a comfortable, refined long-distance companion, but hasn’t the sharpness of more modern rivals
- 5What should you look out for?Although the Insignia feels robustly built, owners report it’s far from being the most reliable car in its class
- 6What do owners think? - currently readingThe Vauxhall Insignia scored poorly for build quality and reliability in Driver Power, but parts should at least be inexpensive