Touch activated indicators are advertised as a plus, but the silent mechanics and ‘neutral’ position took some getting used to. Even the ‘feminine touch’ seemed too clumsy.
This car came with £850-worth of Adaptive Forward Lighting incorporating xenon headlights – worth every penny. But it was surprising that parking sensors are a chargeable option (£425).
The Signum has a smooth drive and is deceptively nippy. The only fault here is that there was more than a few “oops, I think I’ve left my exhaust behind” scares on B roads.
Legroom for passengers is superb. Vauxhall has put the long wheelbase to good use for the comfort of its occupants; boot space is generous, too.
New Signum is definitely an improvement of the older model, but it’s still missing a bit of spark.
Engine: 1.9-litre turbodiesel 148bhp
Engine: 1.9-litre turbodiesel; 148bhp @ 4,000rpm; 232 lb ft @ 2,750rpm
Performance: 0-60mph: 9.5sec; top speed: 129mph
Transmission: Six-speed manual
Efficiency: 47.1mpg (combined); 162g/km CO2
CAP RV 3yr/30k: £6,675 (33%)
Rivals: Honda Accord Tourer, Ford Mondeo