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New Car

Post by Vayerr » Mon Nov 16, 2020 10:32 pm

Hello everyone,

In June I have decided to swap my beloved 2016 Astra SRi Nav for a Ford Focus 2019 Estate full of kit. It is a lovely car and at times I have missed my Astra but Focus has served me well.

Unfortunately 3 weeks ago some jackass caused an accident, thinking he can drive however he wants and my Focus is a write off.

Im thinking of going back to Vauxhall, but having experience heated steering wheel, seats and windscreen (something I used a lot in my 2015 Corsa in the past) - I am looking to move away from the Astra and I'm considering either Insignia or Grandland X.

I've found a lovely new shape Insignia Estate Country Tourer (4x4) but also a very nice Grandland X. Both have low mileage and similar price +- £1000.

What are your thoughts on them 2? What would you choose/avoid and why?
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Re: New Car

Post by Steve » Sun Jan 03, 2021 11:58 am

I'd personally have a good long hard look at them both and see which one worked for my needs, but I'd incline towards the 'real' Opel (Insignia), it being a GM car as opposed to PSA
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Re: New Car

Post by Finston Pickle » Mon Jan 04, 2021 7:51 pm

The new shape Insignia Estate Country Tourer (4x4) are as rare as hen's teeth - probably a good bet as a keeper, especially if it had the 1.6 turbo petrol engine.
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Re: New Car

Post by Quakeplayer » Wed Jan 06, 2021 1:29 pm

That's a crazy coincidence - my Astra Elite ST was written off last year by some tool not paying attention and I've replaced it with a Focus ST Line X estate!

Can't really help you with your choice though, I'm not going back to Vauxhall after the PSA/Onstar situation, but out of the two you mention I'd rather have the Insignia.


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Re: New Car

Post by nsanderson » Wed Jan 06, 2021 4:17 pm

Why not track down an Astra ST with the 1.6T engine it? Get an Elite or SRi with the Winter Pack and you get heated seats and steering wheel. Have to say, I've loved having the heated seats and wheel in the recent cold weather! :)

Of the two you suggested, it'd have to be the Insignia. GM build and engine.
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Re: New Car

Post by Pompeydave » Wed Jan 06, 2021 5:49 pm

I guess it's a diesel in both models you are looking at ? I rather like the grandland X but only has a small 1.2t petrol engine but does put out 130hp. I think the 1.5 diesel might be slightly better.Small / medium suv's are really popular at the moment and that's the way I would go.

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