The Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport has a low price, lots of standard equipment and a decent interior but alternatives are more stylish and have flashier interiors
The Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport replaces the old Insignia. It’s called the ‘Grand Sport’ because, well, it’s supposed to be more premium than its predecessor and it needed a showbiz name to match. It’s available as an estate, called the Insignia Sports Tourer which we’ve tested separately, but it’s the hatchback model being tested here.
To keep the sporty theme alive, the Insignia has a bold grille and swept-back roofline that makes it look more like a five-door coupe than a conventional family car. It’s wider, lower and longer than the old Vauxhall Insignia and it has a more imposing look as a result.
Unfortunately, the sporty roof eats into rear-seat headroom – that could be a problem if you have tall teens or regularly carry adults in the back, and the boot is also smaller than what the competition offers. As a result, the Skoda Superb is the better big family car if you need lots of space.
The Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport has just as much standard equipment as the Skoda though, including a 4G mobile data connection, automatic emergency braking and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring systems. The dashboard design is more eye-catching, too – thanks to a tall hump between the front seats that makes you feel cocooned like you’re in a sports car.
The Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport is a really good looking, good value, family car
The Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport doesn’t feel particularly sporty to drive, though. At least it doesn’t lean too much in bends and the manual gearshift is precise and easy to use. You can even get it with adjustable suspension and even a Sports Mode button should your commute take in a few nice twisty roads.
If you spend more time in town, you’ll be pleased to hear that the Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport does a decent job soaking up bumps and potholes. It comes with plenty of engines to choose from too, including a 1.5-litre petrol engine that’s ideal for nipping through town and a more frugal 2.0-litre diesel that’ll make light work of towing a trailer and lapping up long motorway drives.
One thing you needn’t fret about is safety. All models come with road-sign recognition to flag up speed limits on the infotainment screen, lane assist to keep you between the white lines on the motorway and automatic emergency braking to reduce the chance of low-speed crashes. In fact, the Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport’s impressive amount of standard equipment is one of the main reasons you should consider one over the likes of the Peugeot 508 and Mazda 6.