Vauxhall Insignia Elite Nav 4x4 2.8i - Communication

By Jeremy Laird



For a car destined to exist largely in corporate fleets, a good hands-free telephony solution is essential. Fortunately, the Insignia's is pretty decent.

We had no problem syncing an HTC Touch HD via Bluetooth. That bodes well given that our hit rate with Windows Mobile handsets has been poor. That said, the system failed to transfer the contacts list. Things worked a little better with a Motorola test handset with both syncing and data transfer taking place flawlessly. That said, once uploaded, the clunky search function makes finding contacts a pretty tedious experience.

Along with shortcut keys on the multi-function steering wheel, the hands-free kit also includes voice control. In fact, voice control is limited to the hands-free telephony and cannot be used to control other parts of the infotainment rig. In our view, that makes sense, as controlling entertainment or navigation features via voice commands rarely works well.

In any case, number recognition via voice is pretty reliable. However, voice tags for contact list entries must be created manually, which for most users will limit the usefulness of that feature to a handful of frequently called contacts. Setting up tags for a contact database hundreds of entries deep isn't terribly practical. It's a stark contrast to the system seen in the Audi A8, which allowed you to voice-dial every one of your contacts without having to record a single voice tag.

Oh, and for the record, the Bluetooth kit is a £150 option. Needless to say, in our view it should be a standard part of the DVD800 infotainment package.


August 8, 2009, 9:37 pm

TV adds for this car in the UK showed some sort of road sign recognition system. I don't know if this was optical recognition of signs or based on sat nav mapping data. I take it this feature was not included on your test car.


August 8, 2009, 10:05 pm

Lovely looking car - drove the auto diesel version on a business trip to Exeter and back (from South Wales).

Unfortunately, the rear seats are useless because of that lovely raked roofline - makes it look like a coupe, but unfortunately makes it seat like a coupe, too. Can't see the point of a four-door saloon which isn't really suitable for four adults!


August 12, 2009, 10:01 pm

What's the point in reviewing the top of the range model? Most buyers, including fleet, will look at the cheaper end. I use hire cars in my job and I've driven both the TD and 1.8 petrol versions. The TD was okay. The 1.8 was too heavy for the motor, sluggish and frustrating to drive. The seats are too hard, you slide all over the place. Dash is nice though.

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