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The Vauxhall Insignia - 2.0 CDTi and the Swift Challenger Sport 584 with a laden weight of 1453 kg is a moderate match, only for experienced (caravan) drivers.

82 %

1453 kg 1763 kg
80 kg

Score: 5.4


weight ratio
towball limit
Flat roads
5th gear
hill starts


  • Hill starts


  • Good payload is essential


The Vauxhall Insignia - 2.0 CDTi and the Swift Challenger Sport 584 of a laden weight of 1453 kg is a combination just suitable for most journeys but also with some limitations.


The risk of snaking at higher speeds, strong side winds and thoughtless driving exist. Even if the combination normally feels stable, the forces by deflection side to side are so great that it could be dangerous. Only if the driver has knowledge of and experience in driving a caravan it should be safe to drive. Proper and careful loading is essential! An electronic stability system in the car and / or on the caravan is recommended.

Flat roads

The performances of the engine of this outfit are in general very good. Under all conditions on motorways it is possible to drive with 60 mph in the 5th gear. Faster is certainly not advisable! In that case the engine runs approximately 2100 rpm. In a headwind or for example on a crossover there is no need to downshift immediately.


On most motorways inclines (1:20) driving is easily possible in the 4th gear with 50 mph and even full throttle with 61 mph. In the 3th gear the top speed is 66 mph (3997 rpm). Hill starts are possible on steep slopes up to 21%. While driving the engine has enough power to drive on every normal road.

Attention: This car can easily drive much faster with the caravan than is safe. So always keep an eye on your speed!


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Towing limit
1600 kg
Weight ratio
(laden Caravan / laden Car)
(1453 kg / 1763 kg)
Towball limit
85 kg
80 kg
Score at optimal noseweight
Infuence pay load
Flat roads
Top speed
83 mph (4th gear)
At headwind
77 mph
Speed in practice
75 mph (5th gear)
0 - 60 mph
21 sec. - (max. 16.8 sec.)
30 - 60 mph
15.2 sec. - (max. 11.5 sec.)
50 - 60 mph
4th gear: 8 sec. (max. 5.2 sec.)
Power at 60 mph
Highest (6th) gear
of limited use (1700 rpm, 82% gas)
Gears in practice
5th gear
4th gear
Revs at 60 mph
Percentage between accelerator
64% - 73%
51% - 57%
Power needed at 60 mph 1783 N
over: 1138 N
over: 1869 N
Motorway inclines 1:20
Speed (maximum)
61 mph - (66 mph)
In the
4th gear - (3th gear)
2659 - (3997)
Acceleration 30 - 50 mph
13.3 sec. - (max. 10.5 sec.)
Normaly at 50 mph in the
4th gear
By revs
Percentage accelerator
By full throttle
Hill starts
Maximum incline
19.7% - 21.8%
Minimum speed (whereby power)
6 mph - (9 mph)
Mountain roads
Maximum slope driving
Maximum speed on 1:8
44 mph in the 2th gear


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Vauxhall Insignia - 2.0 CDTi
December 2008 - 2017
kW (160 bhp) at rpm
Nm at - rpm
kg user payload kg
/ R
manual with 6 gears
Towing limit
kg (towball limit kg)
Swift Challenger Sport 584
kg Payload kg
m. (8'6")
Overall width:
m. (7'5")
Overall body lenght:
m. (20'8")
Shipping length:
m. (24'7")
Actual gross train weight
3216 kg
Stated vehicle gross train weight

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The Vauxhall towing a Swift Challenger Sport 584 (1397) kg reviewed by Chris:

the Insignia 2.0 CDTI tow very well and is a lot cheaper to run than 4 x 4. 32 mpg towing and 50 to 65 solo

The Vauxhall towing a Compass Omega 524 (1525) kg reviewed by Buzz:

This is the 4th towcar i have owned and by far the best. Although the van is slightly too heavy for the car (running at 95%) it pulls like a dream and is has steady has a rock. There are only two of us so we travel fairly light any heavy articles crate of Stella (other lagers are available) and Cadac travel with us in the car. The electronic hand brake and hill start assist on the car are fantastic just accelerate and off you go. Fuel consumption is good getting ave 32 mpg towing and ave 54 mpg solo. If you are looking for a family style towcar other than the 4 x 4 style i would certainly recomend the Vauxhall Insignia 2.0cdti 160 bhp

The Vauxhall towing a Sterling Eccles Emerald (1383) kg reviewed by chris:

This is how good an insignia is. Had a problem with gearbox jumping out of 2nd gear 4 days before holiday. Local garage could not get me in so had to book it into garage near were we where camping on holiday, traveled from portsmuth to brean sands somerset it pulled like a dream had to go up a hill in first due to lights at the bottom of hill but the car pulled like a dream would recommed this car to anyone who is looking for a good towing car (even without 2nd gear).

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