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Equipment

4.2 out of 5 4.2
  • Basic, sporty and luxury trims available
  • Decent standard spec and generous top tier
  • Helpful driving assistance optional extras too

The Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport’s trim levels will be familiar to owners of the previous generation or other cars from this manufacturer – there are seven in total, including a couple of optional sat-nav grades.

Standard Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport equipment

Kicking things off is the Design trim, which comes with 17-inch alloy-look wheels, automatic lights, electric windows front and rear, keyless entry and start plus electrically-adjustable and heated door mirrors.

Gadgets-wise you get air conditioning, cruise control with speed limiter, and the IntelliLink 7.0-inch touchscreen audio system (DAB digital radio, Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto).

Next up is Design Nav, which as you may have guessed, simply adds the 8.0-inch Navi 900 IntelliLink sat-nav system with European mapping.

There are three sporty trims next: the first is called SRi and adds the following to the basic spec - 17-inch alloy wheels, front foglights, dark-tinted rear windows, rear spoiler and rain-sensitive windscreen wipers.

If you want a more performance-focused look pick SRi NAV, which adds the sat-nav system mentioned earlier, front sports seats and pedals, dual-zone electronic climate control, ambient LED lighting, twin rear USB sockets and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.

Finally there’s SRi VX-Line Nav, which adds larger alloy wheels (17s on the 1.6-litre diesel and 18s for everything else) and the full-fat VXR Styling Pack (front and rear bumpers, side sills, visible exhaust tailpipe).

Inside there’s a heated flat-bottom steering wheel, dark fabric headlining and a larger 4.2-inch colour information display between the dials.

Next there are two more luxury focused trims based on Design cars, and the first is called Tech Line Nav, which has historically proved popular with company car drivers.

It adds 17-inch alloy wheels and chrome-effect door handles to the outside, plus twin rear USB sockets, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, and 4.2-inch colour information display to the inside.

You also get driver’s seat tilt and lumbar adjustment and front passenger seat height adjustment, and handy tech including the eight-inch sat-nav, dual-zone electronic climate control, rain-sensitive windscreen wipers and front and rear parking sensors.

Top of the tree is Elite Nav, which builds on Tech Line by adding larger alloy wheels (17s on the 1.6-litre diesel, 20s on the 2.0-litre petrol and 18s for everything else) LED matrix headlights, front foglights and dark-tinted rear windows to the outside.

Inside the car you get leather seat facings, heated front and outer rear seats plus an 8.0-inch colour information display – 2.0-litre petrol models also get a Bose premium sound system. Pick a 4x4 car and you’ll also get torque vectoring, which we’ve explained in the Handling section.

GSi performance variant 

Announced in late 2017, the GSi is currently the sportiest variant of the Insignia Grand Sport range. Additional equipment over the standard model includes a high-tech four-wheel drive system, switchable drive modes (with Flexride adaptive suspension), Brembo peformance brakes and 18-inch alloy wheels. 

The sporty addenda continues on the inside with a flat-bottomed leather steering wheel, aluminium pedals and black headlining. 

OnStar

Standard on all Insignias is Vauxhall’s OnStar concierge service. Connected to the internet via the car’s antenna, this system can be used to contact the emergency services in the result of a crash, or to ask an OnStar representative to send directions to a destination to your sat-nav. It also provides a WiFi hotspot for up to seven devices.

Debuting in the Insignia are two new functions called OnStar Personal Assistant – the system can now recommend and book a hotel for you, and also send directions to a parking space to the sat-nav.

Optional Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport accessories

There are individually and bundled packs of optional extras for the Insignia, kicking off with the FlexRide adaptive suspension system, which offers a more comfortable or sporty ride, and a Driving Assistance Pack with adaptive cruise control.

Helping you keep your eyes on the road is a head-up display system and a Bose premium stereo can also be specified. Intellilux LED matrix headlights are impressive but pricey at the time of launch.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels

Design equipment

Design standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Steel wheels
Design optional equipment
  • Sat Nav

Elite equipment

Elite standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
Elite optional equipment
None available

SRi equipment

SRi standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Sports seats
SRi optional equipment
  • Sat Nav

SRi Vx-line equipment

SRi Vx-line standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
SRi Vx-line optional equipment
None available

Tech Line equipment

Tech Line standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
Tech Line optional equipment
None available

Safety

4.1 out of 5 4.1
  • Five-star rating in Euro NCAP crash test
  • Front camera means emergency braking and lane assist
  • OnStar system can contact the emergency services

As standard the Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport offers a good collection of safety equipment, including electronic stability programme, ABS brakes, six airbags, ISOFIX mounting points on all three rear seats and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

Boosting this offering is the OnStar system, which can contact the emergency services for you automatically after a crash, and a front camera system that adds lane keep assist, following distance indicator, forward collision alert, low-speed collision mitigation braking and active emergency braking.

Optional upgrades include the IntelliLux LED headlight system, which should make it easier to see and be seen, a head-up display, and adaptive cruise control with active lane keep assist.

You can also pick rear cross traffic alert and advanced parking system to make reversing manoeuvres easier and safer.

When the Insignia Grand Sport was crash-tested by the experts at Euro NCAP in 2017 it achieved a full-five star rating, with both the pedestrian-protecting pop-up bonnet and the automatic emergency braking system being highlighted as particularly effective.

Interior & boot space

4.3 out of 5 4.3
  • Plenty of passenger space front and back
  • Masses of leg space in the rear
  • Large but relatively shallow boot

There’s loads of room whereever you sit in the Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport and the cabin feels particularly capacious in the front.

Those in the back are well catered for in terms of legroom – even behind a tall driver there is plenty of space to stretch out into. This car also has more headroom that its predecessor, but those of above average height will still find their hair brushing the headliner.

The rear seats feel like they are set high up in comparison with the cats-eye scraping front chairs, so you get a really good view out when sat in the back.

There are decent side pockets all around, plus three cubbies in the centre console and a pair of cupholders in the front and back.

Open the boot (a task made harder by the lack of a physical handle on the outside of the tailgate) and you’ll reveal a large and practical boot. It’s wide and long with a square shape that can fit up to 490 litres of luggage inside.

Insignia fans will note those dimensions are 40 litres down on the last car – and certainly the new Grand Sport’s boot looks relatively shallow. Fold the rear seats flat and you’ll unlock 1,450 litres, though.

There’s a FlexOrganizer Pack offering side rails, dividing nets and fastening solutions to help keep all the items in the boot tied down neatly.

How does the boot space compare?

Check the table below to see how the Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport compares to other similar cars in terms of available boot space.

Model Boot space
Skoda Superb Hatchback 620 litres
Ford Mondeo Hatchback 541 litres
Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport 490 litres
Kia Optima 307 litres

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