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Vauxhall Insignia Hatchback Review

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Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport
24 Mar 2017 12:7 | Last updated: 18 Sep 2018 17:28

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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

VAUXHALL INSIGNIA Hatchback running costs

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, it should be affordable for many a family. However, wander up the range to Elite Nav and GSI Nav models and you’ll find the price 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. But if you stick to the cheaper variants in the range, benefit-in-kind payments, which are based on a percentage of the list price, should still be cheaper than less polluting but more expensive rivals.

Fuel economy should also be good on the less powerful variants. Like any car, it won’t manage the official figures, 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, pushing up monthly PCP finance costs.

VAUXHALL INSIGNIA Hatchback equipment

Design trim kicks off the range and gets a decent amount of kit. This includes auto lights, keyless start, electric front and rear windows, air-con, cruise control, a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system with DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a multi-function steering wheel.

However, whether you are a private buyer or a company car driver, Tech Line Nav makes the most sense. Along with the above, this trim adds a larger infotainment screen with in-built sat-nav, 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.

Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport

VAUXHALL INSIGNIA Hatchback reliability

Vauxhall performed reasonably well in our 2017 reliability survey, but it finished fourth from bottom for servicing satisfaction among owners of cars up to three years old.

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 is in keeping with cover from the majority of other manufacturers, but it can’t beat the five-year warranties that Hyundai and Toyota offer or Kia’s seven-year package.

VAUXHALL INSIGNIA Hatchback 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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Verdict

The Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport offers competitive pricing and running costs, but most of its rivals are better to drive and more appealing overall

  • Low purchase price of entry-level trims
  • Competitive benefit-in-kind payments
  • Well equipped
  • Poor rear head room
  • Too much road noise
  • Boot not as big as some rivals
Inside?
There are 14 trims available for the Insignia Hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
SRI Vx-line Nav
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SRi Nav
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Elite Nav
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£24,489
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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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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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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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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
Fuel Diesel, Petrol
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£23,905
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Tech Line Nav
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£21,347
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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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£20,872
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GSI Nav
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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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