Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9

Should you buy a Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport?

A good, solid verdict for a good, solid car. The Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport is decent to drive, excellent on long journeys, is well-made, and has a nice, usable interior that feels like it will withstand years of hard use without any troubles.

Being able to cover a high number of miles in comfort has always been the Insignia’s trump card. Now, the Grand Sport comes dressed in a far more appealing bodyshell, with an up-to-date interior and the latest safety tech on offer.

So, why doesn't it score better? We could happily recommend it as your one and only car purchase, as it will be all the family car you’ll ever need, but suggest that some of its rivals would leave you feeling better in the long run.

The Insignia Grand Sport is a typical modern Vauxhall. It's very good at what it does and is arguably one of the most accomplished models in the firm’s range, but it just lacks that last bit of desirability you'll find in premium rivals, such as the Volkswagen Passat and Skoda Superb.

These rivals offer that little bit more in overall refinement and comfort, too, so you’ll enjoy a more peaceful journey each time. The Ford Mondeo continues to be the one to pick if you seek a bit more fun, too.

Vauxhall is famous for offering good discounts on its new cars, so you should go to the dealer with a haggling mindset and aim to get some money off. It's aggressively-priced, so concentrate on chipping away at monthly payments or grab additional options.

If you are a company car driver, the 1.6 CDTI diesel is perfectly capable, combining low costs with enough performance, considering its relatively small engine size.

The sportier GSI models offer plenty of performance and grip, but fall short of offering much excitement. The trade-off in comfort with its firm ride and unforgiving sports seats feels a little at odds with the Insignia Grand Sport’s ethos of long-distance comfort.

Further reading:

>> There's an update for the Insignia Grand Sport on the way for 2020, read more about the details here

>> Think you'll need more space? Read the Insignia Sports Tourer review

>> What's it like to live with? We ran an Insignia Sports Tourer for 8,000 miles

Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport rear 2017