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Vauxhall Signum 2.2 Design - 3,060 miles



WITH a fairly long round trip coming up this weekend, I'm grateful to currently be in possession of our long-term Vauxhall Signum.

Most of my journeys in it so far have been short ones to and from work, but my initial impressions of the car are favourable. As a motorway cruiser this car is brilliant but the 'Vectra SRi spec' suspension in our Design model makes travelling on bumpy country roads a little uncomfortable.

It's not the prettiest car on sale but then again, it isn't ugly. The rear end styling is neat and the car manages to look a little different without oozing character. The Vectra-style dash layout ensures everything is within easy reach and the 2.2-litre Direct engine offers a strong but smooth acceleration, even in fifth gear. It is the engine's performance that gives the impression you are driving a much smaller car but the Signum's interior is roomy. With generous cabin space and the fact it's designed to carry just two rear passengers, with forward-sliding seats, up to four can travel in spacious comfort.

The above credentials make for an ideal car both for work and family life, with a decent- sized boot and more storage compartments than you'll know what to do with. The Signum offers good specification levels and levels of comfort. But I'm not convinced that's going to be enough to tempt user choosers out of their Audis and BMWs.

Company car tax bill 2003/04 (22/40% tax-payer): £76/£138 per month

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