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Vauxhall Insignia VXR review

2009 - 2017 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 54.0

At a glance

Price new £29,180 - £36,580
Used prices £2,319 - £14,407
Road tax cost £675 - £695
Insurance group 36 - 38
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 385 - 400 miles
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Pros & cons

  • Good ride comfort
  • Available as a hatch
  • Saloon or an estate
  • Great sounding V6 engine
  • Four-wheel drive as standard
  • Lacking in the feelgood factor
  • Lifeless steering
  • Rarely feels as quick as the figures suggest

Written by David Ross Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


The high performance version of the Insignia is a far more sophisticated car compared to previous VXR models. This is evident in the more subtle styling and also from behind the wheel. It uses the same turbocharged 2.8-litre V6 engine that’s available in the standard Insignia, but with power boosted to 325bhp. As a result it takes little more than 5.5 seconds to accelerate from 0-60mph, but it manages to put all that power down effortlessly and feels planted to the road. This is helped by a four-wheel drive system along with a sophisticated adaptive chassis system called FlexRide, which ensures minimal body roll and maximum traction. But while it’s refined, The Insignia VXR is somewhat lacking in the feelgood factor you’d expect from a performance car of this ilk.