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

Grown-up looks and a notably spacious interior

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

New price £26,810 - £36,250
Lease from new From £387 p/m View lease deals
Used price £8,605 - £30,465
Used monthly cost From £215 per month
Fuel Economy 31.7 - 61.4 mpg
Road tax cost £155 - £490
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

Is the Vauxhall Insignia any good?

Large Vauxhalls have been family car staples in the UK for decades, but the Insignia has quite the fight on its hands. Not only must it face its class rivals, its job is made even more difficult by the constant push from the SUV sector – put simply, big family cars like the Insignia are being ditched by buyers in favour of mid-sized SUVs, including Vauxhall’s own Grandland.

Similar family models such as the Skoda SuperbMazda 6 and Volkswagen Passat are facing an equally tough time, while premium rivals such as the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 are stealing sales thanks to their generous finance packages. There’s no denying it’s becoming very hard for the Insignia to stand out in this crowd.

The current Insignia is the last 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.

With its long, low and sleek body, this generation of Insignia has never struggled in the looks department. Vauxhall’s Intellilux headlights, which use Matrix LED technology to automatically dip its main beam in sections, are available on top-spec cars. These allow you to see as much of the road as possible without dazzling other drivers.

There's a very limited number of trims available, however.

Read the Vauxhall Insignia verdict

What's it like inside?

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 keen on 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 8.0 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.

Read more about the Vauxhall Insignia interior

What's it like to drive?

There's a choice of just three engines in the Insigna, ranging from a modest 122hp diesel to a 200hp petrol.

We suspect the most basic 122hp diesel will be more than enough for most users – but those wanting more power can opt for the 200hp petrol or a 174hp diesel that excel at motorway cruising. It's worth noting that the 2.0-litre petrol is auto-only, while the two diesels can be had with either manual or automatic gearboxes. All Insignia's are front-wheel drive.

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.

Read more about how the Vauxhall Insignia drives

What models and trims are available?

Vauxhall simplified the Insignia trim line-up towards the end of 2021, with just SE Edition and SRi Premium variants available. Both are well equipped, though, with satellite-navigation and a long list of standard kit.

What else should I know?

While the Insignia first launched as a hatchback and an estate in 2017, the latter, called the Sports Tourer, was discontinued in 2019. The sporty GSi model is also no longer available.

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.

Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport rivals

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