Even the seats fitted to the base Design models are comfortable and come with lots of adjustment. It doesn’t matter if you’re short or tall, you’ll be able to adjust the seat to suit your shape. Our only complaint is that you have to pay extra for lumbar support unless you move to one of the higher models. Once in place, you’ll find that the gearlever falls easy to hand while the major controls are easy to find and use.
Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport visibility
Keep looking forwards, and we doubt you’ll find any issues with the Insignia’s fairly slim windscreen pillars. The problems start when you look behind you; the rear pillars are thick which make looking over your shoulder tricky. Front and rear parking sensors are standard on Tech Line and Elite models and optional elsewhere in the range. Also optional is a rear view camera, blind spot monitor and powerful LED headlights.
Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport infotainment
All models get a standard colour touchscreen - on models without sat-nav it’s a 7.0in screen, while with sat-nav this improves to 8.0in. Some of the operations, such as scrolling through a list of radio stations, can be a little jerky compared to the slicker interface in the Skoda Superb, but the on-screen icons are, in the main, large and easy to hit and the menus are easy enough to figure out. All models have a DAB radio and Bluetooth, with the added bonus of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring as standard – this allows you to control certain phone apps including its sat-nav through the infotainment screen.
Vauxhall also equips every Insignia with its OnStar service. This brings online connectivity, a 4G wi-fi hotspot and a connection to its dedicated call centre, whose operatives can download directly to your sat-nav a specific Google maps route you’ve requested. There’s also an emergency response button that you can press for assistance if you’re involved in an accident.
Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport build quality
Vauxhall claim that the latest Insignia feels more premium than before, a statement that is on the whole true. Some of the interior fit and finish is a little iffy and when you use the indicator and wiper stalks there’s a flimsy twang, but otherwise there’s lots of soft touch plastic in strategic places to make it feel sufficiently plush. It’s no worse than a Mondeo, but still not on par with the solidity of a Skoda Superb.