Vauxhall Insignia

Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport Motability Car
The new Vauxhall Insignia Motability car is a hatchback, Grand Sport, or an estate, Sports Tourer, which is sleeker, lighter (up to 175kg) and larger than the car it replaces, the class leader for space, Skoda Superb, has serious competition. The hatchback Insignia is 55mm longer, 7mm wider and 29mm lower than its predecessor and it sits on a 92mm longer wheelbase. There’s 25mm more rear leg room, some of that is traded out of the boot, which is now 10 litres smaller at 490 litres. The seating position is low, the man from Vauxhall attempted to explain this: ‘you sit in the driver’s seat of the new Insignia, whereas you sit on the driving seat of the outgoing model’, one thing is for sure the new car is eye catching, the low roofline and wide stance give it a ‘presence’ not afforded the outgoing car and the decluttering internally certainly helps with the overall appeal.


Vauxhal Insignia Grand Sport inderiorVauxhall offers six trim levels with the Insignia Grand Sport, but even entry-level Design cars come with keyless entry and go, 17 inch Alloy looking ‘Structure’ wheels, cruise control, air conditioning, leather steering wheel and a seven-inch touchscreen, complete with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and DAB radio, lane-keeping assistance and an autonomous emergency braking system that works at urban speeds. All Insignias come with Vauxhall’s OnStar concierge service, which automatically alerts emergency services in the event of a collision and all Motability Vauxhalls have complementary parking sensors. Moving up through the range the SRi adds 17 inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, tinted rear windows, rear spoiler, rain-sensitive windscreen wipers, sports front seats (drivers seat ergonomically approved by Campaign for Healthier Backs – AGR) and dual zone climate control, the SRi VX-line adds 18 inch wheels and a 4.2 inch information display along with added external styling and a flat bottomed steering wheel, an eight inch touchscreen with built in sat nav.  The Tech Line has the aforementioned eight inch touch screen with built in sat nav alongside a 4.2-inch colour information display, driver’s seat tilt and lumbar adjustment and front passenger’s seat height adjustment, the range topping Elite trim adds 18-inch bi-colour alloy wheels, LED matrix headlights, leather seats which are heated in the front on the hatchback and in the front and rear for the Estate car.


Vauxhall Insignia Motability car Grand Tourer

At 4,986mm long, the new Sports Tourer (Estate) is 73mm longer than the outgoing car and extends the boot to over two meters and space to 560 litres with the seats up and 1665 litres seats down beating the Ford Mondeo, but falling behind the Skoda Superb and VW Passat Estates, we were hoping for more space from what is a very large car, to put this in context with the rear seats in place the boot is only 40 litres larger than the Astra Sports Tourer. The lower lip helps lifting luggage into the car but a power tailgate is a £380 option across the range and a heated front windscreen £150. The Sports tourer is only available with the 1.5 litre petrol or the 2.0 diesel engines.


Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport

The 1.5 litre petrol unit with 163 brake horse power can return a claimed 47.1 miles per gallon and is a smooth and reasonably efficient unit, the 0-62 mph sprint time of 8.4 seconds is impressive but there is not a lot of grunt to the engine and it quickly runs out of puff at the top end of the rev range. The 1.6 diesel with either 108 or 134bhp may not be able to sprint like the petrol, 10.9 and 9.9 seconds respectively, but it offers more useable power throughout the rev range, economy is an impressive 70.6 for the lower powered version or 65.7 for the 134bhp version.  The 168bhp 2.0 litre diesel is perfect for caravan towers or those that simply appreciate 400nm of torque, efficiency drops off markedly and the claimed economy is only 54.3 miles per gallon but you are able to reach 62mph in 8.2 seconds and hit 140 miles per hour.

Prices for the Insignia have shot up this quarter and the Estate car is not avaialble, get a Passat is our advice.

Autumn Best Buy – Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport Sri VX Line Nav 1.5 Petrol 163bhp Manual  –  £2099 Advance Payment (£986.84 wpms)

A 48 minute video review can be seen here: Which Mobility car – 48 minute review of Insignia Grand Sport from RAC