Vauxhall Insignia review - Interior, design and technology
The Vauxhall Insignia benefits from a a handsome design and decent levels of standard kit
In an effort to compete against the growing group of SUVs, Vauxhall has redesigned its Insignia large family hatchback, offering buyers something that’s a little more stylish, without sacrificing the car’s trademark practicality.
The Insignia is quite different from what came before, with a large, flat grille on the front, stylised daytime running lights and sculpted doors at the sides. The long bonnet features a crease right in the middle, and the boot lid has a subtle spoiler. A facelift in 2020 brought in a redesigned front bumper, wider grille and slimmer headlights.
It’s an understated look, but more elegant than the previous Insignia and undeniably more eye-catching than most of its rivals. The only thing that can really spoil the look is the ugly rear wiper, which sticks out of the bootlid like something from the 1970s.
Material quality is good, and the fit and finish is even a match for the Skoda Superb – but some hard plastics and a generally dull design mean the Insignia will never beat a compact executive saloon for perceived quality.
SE Nav trim is well-equipped with 17-inch alloys, LED headlights, front and rear parking sensors, cruise control, climate control and sports seats, while moving through the range brings luxuries such as heated seats, a massage function for the driver's seat, a heated steering wheel, a wireless smartphone charger and leather upholstery.
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
The entry-level SE Nav specification includes a 7-inch touchscreen with sat-nav and Apple Carplay and Android Auto connectivity. SRi VX-Line Nav versions and above have a bigger 8-inch display with a voice control function and an upgraded Bose audio system.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe Vauxhall Insignia is a practical, well-equipped family hatch, although top-of-the-range models are expensive to buy
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Vauxhall Insignia is good to drive, with a compliant ride and tidy handling
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsThe Vauxhall Insignia diesel models offer a good mix of power and economy, although there's no petrol plug-in hybrid tech
- 4Interior, design and technology - currently readingThe Vauxhall Insignia benefits from a a handsome design and decent levels of standard kit
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe Vauxhall Insignia is a practical family hatch with a big boot and plenty of passenger space
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe Insignia achieves full marks for safety, but Vauxhall needs to improve poor Driver Power customer satisfaction rating