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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.

Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.5T Design 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £19,120

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.5T Design 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £19,120

Fastest

  • Name
    2.0 Turbo D SRi 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £24,650

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