Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport hatchback - Interior & comfort
The Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport may be conservatively styled inside, but it’s generously equipped, well made and a pleasant place in which to spend time
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the way the Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport looks, feels or works inside – but we wish it were just a little more aesthetically exciting. Sure, there’s a modern and swish frameless touchscreen infotainment system, but while overall quality has improved markedly, the interior design hasn’t moved the game on in terms of styling.
Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport dashboard
Aesthetic gripes aside, everything works really well in the Insignia. The seats are exceedingly comfortable, the ergonomics are spot-on, a sense of solidity abounds and there’s barely a single piece of scratchy plastic in sight (or touch). Vauxhall’s focus on quality is clear to see, and buyers are likely to find it most welcome. Few will complain about the lower, more comfortable driving position, either.
More than anything, we’re impressed by the amount of thought put into the Insignia’s interior displays. This is seen in details like the ledge under the touchscreen that steadies your hand while you enter commands and the user-friendly way in which the controls are arranged.
The Insignia is an accomplished and comfortable cruiser, too – thanks to high gearing the engines are quiet at speed, and there’s very little intrusion from wind or road noise, either. The ride is smooth on both slow urban and fast trunk roads.
The Insignia range starts with Design trim, and moves through Design Nav, SRi, Tech Line Nav, SRi Nav, SRi VX-Line Nav on its way to the top-spec Elite Nav and GSi Nav trims.
That’s several trims too many to be easily comprehensible (or allow for a simple summary), but all cars come with cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, keyless entry and go, an infotainment touchscreen, DAB radio, Apple CarPlay and automatic headlights. Note Design cars get ‘structure’ wheels, which mean the wheels are rudimentary steel affairs with snug-fitting and convincing alloy-mimicking plastic covers on top.
Moving from Design to Design Nav costs an extra £800, getting you an upgraded infotainment system. The touchscreen stays at seven inches but comes equipped with sat nav and connectivity functions, which include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There’s also a traffic sign recognition system.
SRi trim adds 17-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, tinted rear windows, front foglights and automatic wipers for about £1,000, but note the switch from SRi to SRi Nav adds the sat nav for roughly the same £800 you’re charged for switching from Design to Design Nav.
SRi VX-Line Nav sees a bodykit, a heated steering wheel, a dark roof headlining and a 4.2-inch colour driver display added, while Tech Line Nav bundles together extra chrome detailing, all-round parking sensors and extra adjustment for the front seats and top-of-the-range Elite Nav adds leather, all-round heated seats, a Bose stereo, an eight-inch digital dashboard and LED headlights. We’ve noticed that Elite models seem to have slightly upgraded materials on the dashboard and doors, too.
The GSi model features a sporty bodykit, leather sport seats, the Bose stereo, 20-inch alloy wheels and Brembo brakes.
Such a large number of trims means you’ll almost certainly be able to find the Insignia for your wants and needs, but individual options include ergonomic active front seats (£1,155), metallic paint (£605) a real spare wheel instead of a tyre-inflation kit (£100, and recommended) and the Winter Pack One, which includes a heated steering wheel, front windscreen and seats (£660). Make sure you add parking sensors if your chosen trim doesn’t include them, though, as the Insignia is pretty large.
The Insignia is also available with Vauxhall’s latest range of custom paint finishes, including the option to match its colour to any sample you provide for a cool £5,300. This is as well as Vauxhall Exclusive metallic, pearl effect, solid or tinted clear-varnish paintwork, giving a wide range of potential finishes.
Choose the Exclusive Black Pack for the Insignia GSi and chrome trim is swapped for black on the grille, foglamp surrounds and window frames for £500.