Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport review

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Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport
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24 Mar 2017 12:07 | Last updated: 18 Sep 2018 17:28

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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 been the best car in its class, but it was cheap, frugal and well equipped – just what fleet managers wanted.

But with even more spacious rivals, such as the Skoda Superb and Ford Mondeo, plus premium competition from BMW and Audi, it was time for a refresh. That’s where the Insignia Grand Sport comes in, a car that takes the familiar Insignia formula and 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 high-end small hatchback.

But the big question is: does it have more to offer than acres of space for a bargain basement price? After all, the old Insignia’s diesel engines were gruff, and it was never particularly great to drive.

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There are 14 trims available for the Insignia hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
Design
This is the entry point to the Insignia range, but you wouldn’t guess it from the standard equipment list. You get 16in alloy wheels, DAB radio and Bluetooth, USB and aux-in connectivity, single-zo...View trim
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Design Nav
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SRI
SRi is more sport-focused than Design trim, so you get 17in alloy wheels, lower and stiffer suspension, a sports driver’s seat, as well as electric rear windows, front foglights and twin exhaust pi...View trim
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SRI
SRi is more sport-focused than Design trim, so you get 17in alloy wheels, lower and stiffer suspension, a sports driver’s seat, as well as electric rear windows, front foglights and twin exhaust pi...View trim
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£21,348
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SRi Nav
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£22,132
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SRI Vx-line
Another style-focused trim level, SRi VX-Line includes everything from Design and SRi but adds 19in alloy wheels and a bodykit, plus a different design of steering wheel. We’d give it a miss, given...View trim
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Tech Line
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£23,318
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Elite
Elite is the luxury-focused trim level of the Insignia, and it comes piled with standard equipment. You get dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, front and rear parking sensors, heated fro...View trim
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SRI Vx-line
Another style-focused trim level, SRi VX-Line includes everything from Design and SRi but adds 19in alloy wheels and a bodykit, plus a different design of steering wheel. We’d give it a miss, given...View trim
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Elite Nav
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GSI Nav
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