Drive down any given motorway for five minutes and we can almost guarantee that you’ll see at least one version of the original Vauxhall Insignia. It may not have wiped the floor with its rivals, but was cheap, frugal and well equipped – just what fleet managers wanted.
But, under constant pressure from talented rivals such as the Skoda Superb and Ford Mondeo, as well as the threat of premium competition from BMW and Audi, the time came to head back to the drawing board. The Insignia Grand Sport is the result, a car that takes the familiar Insignia formula, adds even more interior space and more equipment, and is somehow even cheaper to buy, with entry-level models costing only as much as a range-topping small hatchback.
But the big question is: does it have more to offer than acres of space for a bargain basement price? Well, on paper at least, it certainly appears to. There’s a wide range of petrol and diesel engines that produce between 109bhp and 256bhp and, depending on the engine you choose, you can opt for front-wheel drive, four-wheel-drive, a six-speed manual, six-speed automatic or an 8-speed automatic gearbox. A lot of choice, then.
Read on for our full in-depth review and for our verdicts on how it drives, what it’s like inside and how much it’ll cost to run. Then, when you’re ready to go shopping, head over to our New Car Buying page for the top deals on all new cars.