Vauxhall Insignia VXR Review (2011)

Vauxhall Insignia VXR

Vauxhall Insignia Review

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Cope might give you the impression that you will find the car's limits relatively easily and quickly.

The first thing we noticed about the Vauxhall Insignia VXR - the most powerful Insignia model - is that it is a real head turner. Obviously the exterior revisions made to the VXR have done the trick.

The Vauxhall Insignia VXR sits on lower springs than its standard stable mate, and features revisions such as a stiffer suspension, larger wheels and chrome trim, giving it a sleeker profile.

That impression is not betrayed by the Vauxhall Insignia VXR's 2.8i ECOTEC engine, mated to an automatic six-speed gearbox, producing 325PS, with a single, twin-scroll turbocharger and variable valve control, providing quick throttle responses with a 0-62 mph time of 6.3 seconds and an electronically limited top end speed of 155mph.

Being a VXR, the Vauxhall Insignia VXR has undertaken its own stringent test programme conducted around the Nurburgring circuit, having seen over 10,000 kilometres pass under its wheels. The idea behind this being to put the VXR's powertrain under much more stress than normal road driving ever would and according to Vauxhall's engineers, 18 times more stress. So no matter how aggressive your driving style, the Vauxhall Insignia VXR should cope.

How It Drove - Ride and Handling

"Cope" might give you the impression that you will find the car's limits relatively easily and quickly. Not so; having put the car through its paces on the road, the Vauxhall Insignia VXR enjoys every straight, every corner and every heavy foot you can throw at it.

With the Vauxhall Insignia VXR's stiffened suspension comes a firmer ride, but that is to be expected, and the car communicates every part of the road's surface back to the driver. Through the corners the car holds the road confidently; the steering is direct, precise and predictable.

The Vauxhall Insignia VXR features an all-wheel drive system Adaptive 4x4, which constantly receives updates from three sensors, the Body Control Module (BCM), Engine Control Unit (ECU) and the Electronic Stability Program (ESP). This system analyses the information and distributes torque to the four wheels, as required.

This distribution is taken care of by an electronically controlled Limited Slip Differential (eLSD). The eLSD electronically controls the distribution of torque between the left and right rear wheels, transferring rear axle torque to the wheel that has the most grip. While offering better traction in slippery conditions, the operation of the Adaptive 4x4 can improve stability in all situations.

The Vauxhall Insignia's Adaptive 4x4 system not only helps out in tricky safety situations, but it also detects when no external conditions require intervention, such as travelling on a motorway. In this case the system switches off the rear-wheel drive system relying solely on front-wheel drive in order to reduce fuel consumption.

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Vauxhall Insignia Road Test Data
Model ReviewedVauxhall Insignia VXR 2.8i 24v V6 Turbo
Body TypeHatchback
ColourPower Red
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph6.3 Seconds
Top Speed 155 mph (Electronically limited)
Transmission6-Speed Automatic
Fuel TypeUnleaded Petrol
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban17.5 mpg
Extra Urban37.7 mpg
Combined26.4 mpg
Insurance Group36E
Euro NCAP Rating5 star
WarrantyLifetime / 100000 miles
Price (when tested on the 17/03/11)£37,565

The information contained within this Vauxhall Insignia review may have changed since publication on the 17 March 2011. The actual model road tested may feature options and functionality specific to that model, which may not be available as on option or be fitted to other models in the range. Options may not be available on UK specification cars. You may wish to check with your local Vauxhall dealer, before making a purchasing decision. E.&.O.E. You may NOT reproduce this car review in full or part, in any format without our written permission. © 2018