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Vauxhall Insignia hatchback (2008-2017) - Reliability & safety

The Vauxhall Insignia scored the maximum five stars in Euro NCAP crash tests

Carbuyer Rating

3.5 out of 5

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Reliability & safety Rating

3.3 out of 5

Vauxhall has a large dealer network across the length and breadth of the UK, so you should never be too far from help if your car needs it. The interior has a very upmarket look and feel, though the Insignia didn’t perform brilliantly in our recent satisfaction survey.

Vauxhall Insignia reliability

Overall build quality appears to be pretty solid, with the interior in particular feeling well made, using good-quality materials. The upmarket feel is enhanced on higher-spec cars, which come with plusher upholstery than entry-level versions.

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The Insignia didn’t do brilliantly in our 2016 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, ranking 136th out of the top 150 cars on sale and receiving an 85% satisfaction score. Vauxhall released a pretty big update for the whole Insignia range in late 2013, which (among other things) brought slight changes to the exterior styling, a revised centre-console and tweaks to the available engines.

Safety

Vauxhall hasn't scrimped on safety for the Insignia, either, giving it six airbags, two ISOFIX child-seat mounts and electronic stability control as standard. What's more, Euro NCAP awarded the Insignia a 94% adult occupant protection score and a five-star overall crash-test rating.

However, it’s worth pointing out that the Insignia hasn’t been tested by Euro NCAP since 2009, so the five-star award given to the car then doesn’t mean quite the same as the identical rating given to the BMW 3 Series in 2012.

Vauxhall also offers a raft of advanced safety kit on the options list, including a rear-view camera, plus a park-and-go technology pack with blind-spot and rear-traffic alerts.

Automatic lights and windscreen wipers are available as options on lower-spec Insignias, as are Vauxhall's automatic parking system and a front camera. The latter feature adds lane-departure warning, distance control and forward collision alert.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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