2017 Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport – reader test team review
Vauxhall has revealed the second-generation model of its popular Insignia hatchback. Does it still offer the excellent value for money that made the original so popular with company car drivers?...
Age: 51Job: Chartered surveyorDrives: Vauxhall Insignia
"My expectations for this car have certainly been met. I can’t believe the step up in quality over my current car.
"I was expecting it to catch up closer to the much pricer BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. It isn’t at that level for material quality, although the interior is fantastic. However, I think it actually looks better on the outside than those pricier cars.
"I have been looking at the Volkswagen Passat for my next company car, but this new Insignia is far more stylish, with better perceived quality and design inside, and it’s better specced: even the entry-level model gets keyless entry and start and climate control.
"In terms of company car tax, it’s still going to be the cheapest in the market, which is the reason many people choose the Insignia in the first place. The tax band has actually increased, because the official CO2 emissions figure is more, due to Vauxhall adopting the new, stricter testing regulations ahead of schedule, but the keen list price compensates for that.
"This will definitely be my next car. At the moment, I’d choose a diesel. In my current car, I can get up to 850 miles per tank. However, taxes and charges on diesels may well go up soon, so it would therefore be absolutely fantastic if Vauxhall did a petrol-electric hybrid variant in the future."
Rated 5 out of 5
Age: 58Job: HairdresserDrives: Vauxhall Cascada
"The things I’m expecting to see an improvement in here are the design, quality of finish and performance.
"This new model is very much a step up over the old Insignia. The lower, wider front end, with the new shape grille, is very interesting, as is the rear, and the new LED head and tail-lights and daytime running lights look great.
"The contours down the sides are very appealing. These are even more apparent with white cars than they are on the silver car in the photos.
"I love this new wheel alloy design – they’d be the ones I’d go for.
"The car is quite a bit longer than before, making the interior absolutely cavernous, especially in the back, with lots more head and leg room. Even if I was sat behind someone over 6ft-tall, I’d still be more than comfortable.
"I love the new dashboard layout. The way it sweeps across the car looks great, and the coloured ambient lighting you can have on it is beautiful. The stitching and the faux-leather give a more upmarket ambience.
"The infotainment is very intuitive to use and I think it would be even when you’re driving. Vauxhall has put a small ledge below the screen to rest your hand on, too, which is useful."
See our video review of the previous Vauxhall Insignia hatchback below.