Space & practicality

Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport review

Manufacturer price from:£19,290
What Car? Target Price:£18,085
Search new deals
Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport
Review continues below...
24 Mar 2017 12:07 | Last updated: 18 Sep 2018 17:28

In this review

Space & practicality

How it copes with people and clutter

Vauxhall Insignia hatchback front space

From the original model to this current one, you can really tell the Insignia Grand Sport has grown when sitting up front. There’s plenty of width, so two adults can sit side by side without brushing shoulders, and the seats go back far enough for the longest-legged. Head room is unlikely to be a problem, either.

Watch the next video

Storage is good, too; the front doors have generously sized pockets that can take a small bottle of water and plenty of other bits and pieces, and there’s a spacious cubbyhole under the centre armrest. In front of that is a pair of cupholders and another lidded cubbyhole with enough space for a phone.

Vauxhall Insignia hatchback rear space

While there’s plenty of room up front, the back seats are a bit of a mixed bag. We doubt anyone will be complaining about the amount of leg room, because even our 6ft testers found their knees nowhere near the back of the front seats with similar-sized adults up front. More of a problem is head room; the roof curves down at the back of the car, so taller people will find their head uncomfortably close to the roof.

There’s also a large hump in the middle of the floor that makes foot room tighter for someone sitting in the centre seat. Meanwhile, the rear door pockets are much smaller than those up front, and only Tech Line Nav models and above get rear USB ports as standard.

Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport

Vauxhall Insignia hatchback seating flexibility

There’s nothing particularly clever about the seats. While the driver gets seat height adjustment, the passenger doesn’t, unless you specify either of the top two trims that also bring passenger lumbar adjustment. The rear seats have a typical 60/40 split with the nice asset of electric release switches conveniently located in the boot to fold them down.

Vauxhall Insignia hatchback boot space

The boot is certainly big enough for a couple of sets of golf clubs or a big pushchair, but it lags behind the class best – the Ford Mondeo and Volkswagen Passat beat it comfortably, while the Skoda Superb is more than 100 litres larger.

Unlike in many competitors, you don’t get a variable-height boot floor in the Insignia, even as an option, but at least there’s not a vast step left in the extended load bay when the rear seats are folded down.

open the gallery4 Images
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
Fuel Diesel, Petrol
What Car? Target Price from
£18,085
Average Saving £1,205
View Trim
Design Nav
We are yet to try out this variant...View trim
Fuel Diesel, Petrol
What Car? Target Price from
£18,858
Average Saving £1,227
View Trim
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
Fuel Petrol
What Car? Target Price from
£20,774
Average Saving £1,281
View Trim
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
Fuel Diesel
What Car? Target Price from
£20,872
Average Saving £1,283
View Trim
Tech Line Nav
We are yet to try out this variant...View trim
Fuel Diesel, Petrol
What Car? Target Price from
£21,348
Average Saving £1,297
View Trim
SRi Nav
We are yet to try out this variant...View trim
Fuel Diesel
What Car? Target Price from
£22,132
Average Saving £1,318
View Trim
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
Fuel Petrol
What Car? Target Price from
£22,733
Average Saving £1,337
View Trim
Tech Line
We are yet to try out this variant...View trim
Fuel Petrol
What Car? Target Price from
£22,944
Average Saving £1,341
View Trim
SRI Vx-line Nav
We are yet to try out this variant...View trim
Fuel Diesel
What Car? Target Price from
£23,318
Average Saving £1,352
View Trim
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
What Car? Target Price from
£23,905
Average Saving £1,370
View Trim
SRI Vx-line Nav
We are yet to try out this variant...View trim
Fuel Petrol
What Car? Target Price from
£24,232
Average Saving £1,378
View Trim
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
Fuel Diesel
What Car? Target Price from
£24,406
Average Saving £1,374
View Trim
Elite Nav
We are yet to try out this variant...View trim
Fuel Petrol, Diesel
What Car? Target Price from
£24,490
Average Saving £1,385
View Trim
GSI Nav
We are yet to try out this variant...View trim
Fuel Diesel
What Car? Target Price from
£35,303
Average Saving £1,662
View Trim