Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9

Should you buy a Vauxhall Insignia?

The Vauxhall Insignia remains a good, solid, no-nonsense family car that’s decent to drive, practical, comfortable and attractive.

Like its predecessors, it doesn’t shine in any particular area – a VW Passat feels classier inside, a Skoda Superb is more practical, a Mazda 6 is better to drive – but as an all-rounder it doesn’t embarrass itself in the slightest. In fact, many will appreciate its straightforward approach.

The Insignia’s always been very good at covering high mileages in comfort and the same applies here, with excellent seats, great refinement and suspension that deals very well with the UK’s pockmarked motorway network. Opt for one of the diesels and you’ll also enjoy great fuel economy, saving you from visiting the petrol station every five minutes.

What the Insignia lacks is desirability. With its drab interior, anonymous styling and rather dull driving experience, it’s not a car that cries out for attention. We’d go as far as to say that a Skoda Superb or Mazda 6 will be more satisfying to own and run, while a VW Passat or BMW 3 Series is more premium, holds more street cred, and remains more desirable.

The lack of any standout tech or an up-to-the-minute hybrid powertrain only aids this, while the Insignia GSi performance model falls short of offering any real excitement.

The Vauxhall Insignia is far from mediocre but it’s a few stops short of being truly excellent. It’s likely to remain – as its predecessors were – a very popular company car, and great value for private buyers who aren’t financing.

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