Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

The dash is well laid out and functional, while the driving position is highly adjustable and very comfortable – ideal for spending hours on the motorway. Visibility isn’t great though and the forward view is restricted by thick windscreen pillars, while the sloping roof hinders the view out of the back. The entertainment and navigation system is controlled through buttons on the dash while high-end models use a scroll-wheel located close to the handbrake, much in the same way as BMW’s iDrive system. However, the central console is still cluttered with too many buttons and not very user-friendly.

Facelift in 2013

The Insignia received a major up-lift in interior quality following its update in 2013. The trip computer is now displayed using a swish screen, while you can choose between a pair of dash configurations depending on personal preference.

We also like the new eight-inch touchscreen mounted in the dash – it’s clear, simple to use and well designed. It can be controlled via voice, touchscreen or by a new touchpad located behind the gear lever.

Vauxhall Insignia comfort is just about acceptable. The Insignia is a surprisingly noisy car - something that could never be said of the Vectra. On rough surfaces there’s an unpleasant amount of road noise, while at motorway speeds wind noise becomes apparent. It’s a better story in the back where there’s plenty of headroom (despite the sloping roofline) and enough legroom for two adults to sit comfortably. Although there’s a third middle seat, it’s narrow and has very little foot room because of the transmission tunnel that runs down the middle of the floor - as a result it’s only really suitable for children. The seats are comfortable and top models have the option of dual zone climate control.

After the update in 2013 the Insignia is more comfortable than ever thanks to updated suspension. It’s also quieter, while the new range of engines are smooth and quiet.