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Vauxhall Insignia hatchback - Reliability & safety

Plentiful standard safety systems and light, strong materials mean the Vauxhall Insignia is likely to be a very safe car

Carbuyer Rating

3.6 out of 5

Owners Rating

3.9 out of 5

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Reliability & safety Rating

3.5 out of 5

The Insignia uses shared parts with other Vauxhalls, so reliability should be okay in theory. There weren’t enough responses from Insignia drivers for the Insignia to be included in the top 100 cars featured in our 2021 Driver Power Survey, though. A five-star Euro NCAP crash safety score is certainly reassuring though.

Vauxhall Insignia reliability

Vauxhall had a poor time of it in our 2020 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, coming 29th out of 30 manufacturers. That has since improved to 24th, although a slightly above-average proportion of owners (17%) reported faults in the first year of ownership. The related Vauxhall Astra came 69th out of 75 cars ranked.

Safety

Euro NCAP awarded the pre-facelift Insignia Grand Sport a full five stars after crash testing, which is good news for drivers and families alike. Scores of 93% and 85% in the adult and child occupant protection categories equate to excellent protection in a collision.

Every Insignia comes with a lot of safety equipment, including a front camera system, forward collision alert, and autonomous emergency braking (AEB), which will automatically stop the car for you if it detects a potential collision that you fail to take action to avoid. The Insignia’s system works at urban speeds, which is arguably where it’s most needed: experts reckon 75% of all collisions occur at under 25mph and AEB reduces rear-end collisions by 38%. There’s a system that measures, in seconds, how far you are away from the car in front (allowing for easy checking of the two-second rule) and lane-departure assistance, which will help keep you in lane if you swerve out without indicating.

That roster of protective technologies is in addition to mandatory features like a tyre-pressure warning system, electronic stability control and the essential complement of airbags.

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