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Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport review - Interior, design and technology

Handsome design hides a strong equipment list

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 Grand Sport 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.

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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.

In the transformation to the Insignia Grand Sport, Vauxhall has also updated the interior tech to bring the ageing previous Insignia bang up to date, placing the model on a level playing field with some of the best cars in the business.

Material quality is good, and the fit and finish is even a match for the Skoda Superb – but the hard plastics and dull design mean the Insignia Grand Sport will never beat a compact executive saloon for perceived quality.

Opt for the GSi model and it holds its own for sporty flourishes, though. This model features large 20-inch wheels, side skirts, a rear spoiler, plus deep front and rear bumpers. A flat-bottomed steering wheel, comfortable leather sports seats and alloy-effect pedals round off the look inside.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

Vauxhall includes an eight-inch Intellilink touchscreen infotainment system with sat-nav available as an option on some models, while being standard on others. a DAB digital radio, Bluetooth phone connection, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are all included, while wi-fi is also offered, which is an excellent for a car in this price range.

There’s a Bose sound system available, though it’s not as high-end as the systems in BMWs and Audis. Still, the Vauxhall is very well equipped when it comes to infotainment, and although the screen could look clearer in terms of user interface, it certainly has a lot of functionality.

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