Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
If there’s one thing the Insignia Grand Sport definitely has going for it, it’s price. With a range that starts at a similar cost to a well-specified supermini, even before discounts, many a family will find entry-level models affordable. However, the Elite Nav and GSI Nav models at the top of the price list are more in line with premium models from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
CO2 emissions aren’t spectacularly low for any model and are particularly poor for the four-wheel-drive 207bhp 2.0 diesel Elite Nav and GSI Nav models. However, you’ll find agreeably low benefit-in-kind payments at the lower end of the range, where the low list prices offset the so-so emissions figures.
Fuel economy should also be good on the less powerful variants. As with so many cars, the official figures should be regarded as a target rather than an expectation, but we saw well over 45mpg from the entry-level diesel. On the downside, residual values won’t be as good as a Volkswagen or Skoda, and this will push up monthly PCP finance costs.
Equipment, options and extras
Design is the entry trim level and is reasonably well equipped. Auto lights, keyless start, air-conditioning and cruise control, are all standard, as is the infotainment system described on a previous page.
However, whether you are a private buyer or a company car driver, Tech Line Nav strikes us as offering the best value for money. Further to the features listed above, this trim adds a larger infotainment screen with in-built sat-nav as well as privacy glass, dual-zone climate control, automatic wipers and driver’s adjustable lumbar support.
Top-end GSI Nav and Elite Nav trims add more luxuries, such as adaptive LED headlights, leather seats (that are heated up front) and a Bose stereo.
The previous Insignia performed extremely well in our 2018 What Car Reliability Survey, finishing in second place for its class. The latest version, though, is too new to have been put under scrutiny for reliability but Vauxhall itself finished joint eleventh with Mazda.
Like all Vauxhalls, the Insignia Grand Sport comes with a three-year or 60,000-mile warranty, plus a year’s worth of roadside assistance. This matches the cover provided by the majority of other manufacturers, but can’t beat the five-year warranties that Hyundai and Toyota offer, or Kia’s seven-year package.
Safety and security
Euro NCAP gave the Insignia a five-star safety rating and it performs well throughout the various categories tested.
Partly this is because it comes with lots of standard safety features, including automatic emergency braking (AEB) and lane departure warning with lane keep assist. An improved AEB system, blindspot warning and a rear cross traffic alert system are all optional.
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