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Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport review - Practicality, comfort and boot space

The Insignia is among the best in class for space

At the heart of the Insignia Grand Sport’s appeal is its usability. The latest car is significantly longer and wider than the last model, with the wheelbase increased by almost four inches. It's available as both a hatchback and an estate called the Sport Tourer. There’s decent visibility from the large window area, although the high sides do make tight parking spaces a pain. There’s plenty of cabin storage front and rear, as the Vauxhall is spacious enough to allow extra room for water bottles and snacks.

Size

The Insignia Grand Sport is 4,897mm long, 1,863mm wide and 1,455mm high, which makes it slightly bigger than its arch-rival, the Skoda Superb, at 4,861mm by 1,864mm by 1,468mm.

Leg room, head room & passenger space

The Insignia Grand Sport has a more flowing roofline than its predecessor, and that means access to the rear is slightly more compromised. But once aboard headroom is plentiful and even taller passengers won’t brush the roof.

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Legroom is good, too, with plenty of space to the seat in front, so longer journeys shouldn’t be a problem for four adults. That’s thanks in part to the Insignia’s controlled, but forgiving, ride.

Boot

A one-touch release for the rear seats makes the Vauxhall’s 40:20:40-split bench easy to fold. There’s plenty of usability here, too, thanks to the Grand Sport’s decent packaging. With 490 litres of luggage capacity with the seats up (underneath the load cover), there’s masses of space in the Vauxhall. The Vauxhall also offers a total of 1,450 litres with the back seats folded.

In comparison, the Skoda Superb hatch has 1,760 litres of space. However, there’s more than enough luggage and passenger space for most. The huge hatch gives great access to the boot, just like with the Superb, but there’s no power tailgate available to help improve usability. However, this boot space doesn’t come at the expense of room inside the cabin.

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