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.
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 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.