Vauxhall Insignia hatchback - Interior & comfort
The Vauxhall Insignia 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 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 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 facelifted Insignia line-up starts with SE Nav trim and moves through SRi Nav, SRi VX-Line Nav and Ultimate Nav on its way to the top-spec sporty GSi model.
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Even the basic SE Nav trim gets a comprehensive specification. It gets cruise control with a speed limiter, a seven-inch infotainment touchscreen, sat nav, DAB radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and dual-zone climate control. Standard safety kit includes front and rear parking sensors, LED headlights and tail lights, LED daytime running lights, forward collision alert, lane departure warning and traffic sign recognition. It also gets 17-inch alloy wheels and sports seats.
Moving from SE Nav to SRi Nav costs an extra £1,500, adding a 40/20/20 split-folding rear seat, LED ambient interior lighting and part faux-leather trimmed seats. It also gets a rear spoiler and a mix of gloss black and chrome effect exterior trim.
SRi VX-Line Nav trim ups the ante further still for around £3,500 more, getting you a larger eight-inch infotainment touchscreen with voice control, an eight-inch digital central dial cluster, heated front seats, leather upholstery, a massage function for the driver’s seat, keyless entry and start, wireless smartphone charging, a flat-bottomed ‘VX-Line’ steering wheel, and a premium Bose stereo system. Externally, changes include 20-inch alloy wheels, front and rear sports bumpers, adaptive LED Pixel headlights, and dark-tinted rear privacy glass. It looks great, but those wheels send jolts through the seats when the car hits potholes.
The Ultimate Nav trim is billed as a more luxurious version of the sporty VX-Line car for a similar price, getting smaller 18-inch alloy wheels to aid comfort. It also features a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear outer seats, LED interior lighting, electrically foldable door mirrors, a heated windscreen and wireless charging.
The GSi model commands a substantial premium over the lesser trims, hiking the Insignia’s starting price to well over £40,000. It features a sporty bodykit, leather sport seats, 20-inch alloy wheels, red painted brake calipers and dual exit stainless steel exhaust tailpipes. It also gets a unique GSi rear spoiler. The GSi also features Vauxhall’s ‘Flexride’ adaptive suspension and gets gearshift paddles mounted behind the steering wheel.
Buyers can spec the enhanced Driving Assistance Pack in both the Ultimate Nav and GSi trims for £2,000 extra. This adds adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, collision alert and intelligent braking, active lane change alert and pedestrian detection.
The Insignia is available in various paint finishes including pearl effect, and solid or tinted clear-varnish paintwork, giving a wide range of potential finishes ranging from £360 for ‘Summit White’ to £710 for the ‘Hot Red’ premium paint.