Vauxhall Insignia VXR Review

Vauxhall Insignia VXR
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Vauxhall Insignia Review

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Getting in and out of the Vauxhall Insignia VXR doesn't pose a problem, and although the sweeping line of the A pillar and roofline feels quite low, it doesn't impede on accessibility.

Ease of Use

Getting in and out of the Vauxhall Insignia VXR doesn't pose a problem, and although the sweeping line of the A pillar and roofline feels quite low, it doesn't impede on accessibility.

The driver's seat has an electronic height adjustment, unfortunately all other adjustments are manual although the steering is adjustable for rake and reach.

All round vision is generally good, there is a slight reduction in visibility over your shoulder due to the Recaro sports seats and rear vision feels slightly tunnelled due to the low slung roofline.

As with the standard Vauxhall Insignia, leg room is ample and five people fit comfortably.

The rear seats have a 60:40 split, with a ski flap and boot space is generous at 530 litres, increasing to 1,465 with the rear seats down. Access to the boot is good, and with only a low lip to lift baggage over, it doesn't pose in issue.

The Vauxhall Insignia VXR features Vauxhall's Intelligent Adaptive Forward Lighting (AFL+) system which automatically adapts light beams to changing weather and driving conditions. The system provides nine lighting settings: town light, pedestrian area light, country road light, highway light, adverse weather light, static cornering light, dynamic curve light, LED daytime running lights and high beam light assistant.

The Vauxhall Insignia VXR model we tested had been fitted with optional front and rear parking sensors at £395.

Safety and Security

Active head restraints, fitted as standard in all Vauxhall Insignias, is a passive safety feature which reduces the risk of whiplash in the event of rear-end collisions. An integrated Bowden cable is fitted into the seat back, which upon a rear-end collision sends the head restraint forward to its full height, guided by a sensor, within a split second of impact. It locks automatically the instant it makes contact with the head.

The Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) employs special sensors in each tyre valve which recognise a change from the correct tyre pressure with a precision of up to 10kPa. The relevant tyre warning signal is activated in the information display whenever pressure losses exceed 30kPa.

In a collision, the brake and clutch pedals are automatically released to protect the driver's feet and lower legs in the event of a frontal collision.

Comfort and Refinement

The cabin of the Vauxhall Insignia is well trimmed and ergonomically laid out.

You can of course hear the engine and exhaust tones when under load, but then with the sound the VXR makes, that's no bad thing. At cruising speeds noise is unobtrusive and doesn't become uncomfortable during long journeys, especially in 'Standard' mode.

The Vauxhall Insignia VXR features a gearknob specific to the VXR range, and the instrument panel features VXR branded graphics. This is alongside VXR sill plates and a black headlining.

The front sports seats are designed in a collaboration between Recaro and Vauxhall. They are comfortable and hold you firmly in place through sharp bends without being as tight as some sport seats can be.

The traditional suspension system of the seat back has been replaced with a plastic shell, giving a racing-like contour.

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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

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