Vauxhall Insignia VXR Road Test (2011)

Vauxhall Insignia VXR

Vauxhall Insignia Review

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As standard, the Vauxhall Insignia VXR comes with a CD player with MP3 and DAB radio.

The seated position is 15 millimetres lower than in the standard Vauxhall Insignia models, but this lower position provides more thigh support for the driver and front passenger.

The Vauxhall Insignia VXR's sport seats are trimmed in leather and fitted with integrated airbags as standard with an electrically adjustable height range of 65 millimetres and mechanically adjustable length range of 270 millimetres.

In addition, the Vauxhall Insignia VXR's seats have improved tilt adjustment, four-way lumbar support and ergonomic seat contours, including side support and supporting foam pads.

The Vauxhall Insignia VXR comes as standard with single-zone Electronic Climate Control (ECC), it is a shame this could not be dual zone.

As standard, the Vauxhall Insignia VXR comes with 19 inch 5-Y spoke alloy wheels fitted with 245/40 R19 tyres. The test car came with the 20-inch 5-Y spoke bi-colour alloy wheels with 255/35 R 20 tyres at £1150. We think they set the car off particularly well.


As standard, the Vauxhall Insignia VXR comes with a CD player with MP3 and DAB radio. The model on test came with an optional USB and auxiliary connections in the centre arm rest and a DVD based Navigation system with 7-inch colour monitor (£1200). At first, interaction with the system can seem a little daunting due to the amount of buttons and options, but after spending a little time with the system it becomes easier to navigate. The navigation system is controlled using Vauxhall's multi-function controller in the centre console. Set behind the gear stick, we found this to be a little too far back, and as such out of comfortable reach of the driver's hand.

The test car also came with the optional integrated mobile phone system with Bluetooth and a shark fin aerial for £220.

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What We Liked
  • Raw sounding exhaust
  • Acceleration
  • Performance & Handling
  • 20-inch wheels
What We Disliked
  • The automatic gearbox is slightly too restraining
  • The manually seat adjustment
What We'd Like To See
  • Dual zone climate control
  • Simplified interaction with the Satellite Navigation system

Overall, we were very impressed with the Vauxhall Insignia VXR, and enjoyed our time with it.

It is definitely a fun car to drive, with good performance when you need or desire it. Switch off VXR mode, and you are back to a comfortable and sedate car that cruises along quite happily.

In context of its rivals, it performs well and offers a lot of standard features that add value to the price tag and would be options on some brands.

A point to consider is that residual values may not fair that well, but if that isn't a problem for you, then this car should be a strong contender, and offers both thrills and a comfortable combined with a reasonable price tag.

17 March 2011 Melanie Carter
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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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