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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

4.0 out of 5

Owners Rating

3.9 out of 5

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Reliability & safety Rating

4.0 out of 5

As the Insignia was released fairly recently, there were not enough responses from Insignia drivers for the Insignia to be included in the top 100 cars featured in our 2020 Driver Power Survey. 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. Of the owners that responded, 13.7% experienced a fault with their Vauxhall in the first 12 months. We can only hope the solid-feeling Insignia is more reliable than the outgoing Insignia, which came 136th out of 150 cars in our 2016 poll – but cars do tend to drop down satisfaction surveys as they near the end of production.

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 front camera system, forward collision alert, 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. Should you have a crash, Vauxhall’s Connect e-Call system will automatically contact the emergency services for you but it’s a £490 option.

Other optional safety kit includes the Park & Go pack, which adds rear cross traffic alert, side obstacle detection, and advanced parking assist for an extra £970.

That roster of protective technologies is in addition to mandatory features like a tyre-pressure warning system, electronic stability control and the essential (but interestingly, not mandatory) complement of airbags.

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