FlexRide is a standard feature with Vauxhall's Adaptive 4x4 chassis system, improving stability and providing real time, electronically controlled damping.
How It Drove - Performance
FlexRide is a standard feature with Vauxhall's Adaptive 4x4 chassis system, improving stability and providing real time, electronically controlled damping. FlexRide provides the driver with a choice between three driving modes.
The Vauxhall Insignia VXR's default and sedate 'Standard' mode is designed for every day driving, with the car performing comfortably and quietly, as you would expect from a standard Vauxhall Insignia, but with just a hint of the potential that is hiding under the bonnet.
'Sport' mode, selected via the press of a button on the dashboard, stiffens the car's dampers and reduces body movement at higher speeds allowing for a more robust driving attitude, and the Vauxhall Insignia VXR speeds through corners and along straights with ease.
Thirdly, and possibly most favourably, is 'VXR' mode - the embossed race flag design on the button giving some indication as to what's in store when this mode is activated.
When VXR mode is activated, the Vauxhall Insignia VXR's potential is instantly apparent; steering and throttle responses are sharpened, and the dampers are stiffened further than in 'Sport' mode.
Just in case you weren't aware that you were in 'VXR' mode, all the dials glow red too, but you won't need that visual indicator; you instantly feel the car become taught, like a sprinter on their starting blocks, ready to explode as soon as you touch the throttle.
The engine is responsive with a nice throaty grunt under acceleration, though we did find the automatic gearbox a little restrictive under hard acceleration. However there is minimal delay before the turbo kicks in and keeping the revs high yields lively results.
In VXR mode, gear shifts occur at maximum revs during heavy acceleration, and downshifts are taken care of earlier when the brakes are applied, giving you more torque and therefore the best possible control through bends and corners.
If you choose to manually change gear, you have the option of either pushing the gear stick to the left, allowing a simple 'knock' up and down through the gears, or utilise the Formula 1 style paddles located at your finger tips on the steering wheel.
The 0-62mph time for the Vauxhall Insignia VXR Hatch is 6.3 seconds and the Sports Tourer take 6.6 seconds to complete the sprint - the maximum speed is limited to 155mph for both variants. Combined fuel consumption is 26.4mpg for the Hatch and 25.7mpg for the Sports Tourer. Figures which are close to the Vauxhall Insignia VXR 6 speed manual.
During our test drive, our fuel consumption was a little lower, at around 23.1mpg, but that was probably down to using the VXR mode a little too often!
Vauxhall Insignia Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Vauxhall Insignia VXR 2.8i 24v V6 Turbo|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||6.3 Seconds|
|Top Speed||155 mph (Electronically limited)|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||37.7 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||5 star|
|Warranty||Lifetime / 100000 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 17/03/11)||£37,565|