3.9 out of 5 3.9
Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9

Grown-up looks and more interior space than ever

Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport (17 on) - rated 3.9 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £23,620 - £39,620
Lease from new From £324 p/m View lease deals
Used price £6,595 - £25,590
Used monthly cost From £165 per month
Fuel Economy 30.3 - 61.4 mpg
Insurance group 13 - 30 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Low prices and running costs
  • Lots of tech as standard
  • A fine, relaxed, motorway cruiser
  • Excellent ride quality

CONS

  • Drab interior
  • Not dynamic to drive
  • No hybrids
  • Unexciting

Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport rivals

Written by Tom Wiltshire on

The Vauxhall Insignia has been facelifted for 2021, losing its previous ‘Grand Sport’ suffix and sporting a revised range, all-new engines and – with any luck – enough ability to fight off its numerous competitors.

Large Vauxhalls have been family car staples in the UK for decades, but the Insignia has quite the fight on its hands. Whether it’s similar models such as the Skoda Superb, Mazda 6 or Volkswagen Passat, or premium rivals such as the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 made affordable thanks to generous finance packages, there’s no denying it’s becoming very hard to stand out in this crowd.

That’s made even more difficult by the constant push from the SUV sector – put simply, big family cars like the Insignia are being ditched by their dozens in favour of mid-sized SUVs, including Vauxhall’s own Grandland X.

But Vauxhall’s hit back, and the facelifted Insignia is a better car than ever. It also marks the last new Vauxhall you’ll be able to buy that was developed while the company was owned by General Motors – future models will be developed under the Stellantis brand, and will share their technology with cars from Peugeot and Citroen.

Mild facelift on a handsome car

With its long, low and sleek body, this generation of Insignia has never struggled in the looks department. The facelift doesn’t do a whole lot to mess with a winning formula, and the only surefire way to tell it apart from its predecessor at a glance is by its sharper headlights and grille, which now form a line across the front of the car broken only by a large Vauxhall badge.

Those headlights can be upgraded to Vauxhall’s latest Intellilux units, which use Matrix LED technology (not affiliated with the movie franchise…) to automatically dip its main beam in sections, allowing you to see as much of the road as possible without dazzling other drivers.

Vauxhall’s also rationalised the trim line-up, with four regular trim levels and a range-topping performance variant. They run SE Nav, SRi Nav, VX Line Nav and Ultimate Nav – as the name might suggest, all are equipped with satellite navigation.

The GSi model stands alone at the top, its name harking back to some of the best performance Vauxhalls of all time.

All-new engine range covers most bases

Vauxhall’s totally upgraded the engine range of the Insignia. There are now a choice of four – ranging from a modest 122hp diesel right up to the range-topping 230hp GSi.

We suspect the most basic 122hp diesel will be more than enough for most users – but those wanting more power can opt for a 200hp petrol or 174hp diesel that both promise to excel at motorway cruising.

What’s conspicuous by its absence is any form of electrification – the Insignia doesn’t offer a hybrid or plug-in hybrid model to rival cars like the Peugeot 508 HYbrid or Volkswagen Passat GTE.

Loads of space in classy interior

The Insignia doesn’t lead the pack for space – the Skoda Superb takes that crown – but it offers plenty of room nonetheless, with a particularly practical back seat and 490-litre boot.

The best thing for drivers who might not be overly welcoming to the wealth of screens and lack of buttons present in many modern cars is the Insignia’s dashboard, which is a model of common sense and simplicity. Though it won’t win any beauty contests, it’s superbly ergonomic and easy to operate on the move.

Vauxhall does fit a standard touchscreen infotainment system to every model – but at a maximum of eight inches in size, and fully integrated into the dashboard, it’s very unobtrusive. There’s a proper climate control panel, too, and the instruments are a mixture of digital and analogue.

Click through the next few pages to read everything you need to know about the Vauxhall Insignia including its practicality, how much it costs to run, what it's like to drive – and whether we recommend buying one.

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