First Drive: Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport

Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport

Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport

Vauxhall heads upmarket with its sophisticated new Insignia, writes Geraldine Herbert

What is it? Keen to reinvent its popular but ageing Insignia, Vauxhall has rebranded its new version the Insignia Grand Sport and it now comes with more space, a sophisticated interior and sleek new design.

First impressions of the new Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport? From the outside, it is clear designers have drawn inspiration from the Monza concept, a stunning show car that wooed crowds at the Frankfurt Motor Show back in 2013. The low roof-line gives a very sporty silhouette while the new headlights give it a strong and purposeful front face. The IntelliLux light system is also quite an interesting feature. As soon as the car leaves urban areas, the IntelliLux light system switches itself on automatically and then constantly adapts the range and distribution of the light beam to every traffic situation

What about the interior?  Climb inside and the changes are instantly noticeable; the new model is bigger, longer and wider and feels so much more spacious and airy. Ergonomics are also impressive and the driving position is hugely improved. Passengers front and back are well catered for and there is loads of boot space and plenty of legroom.

Engine choice? Engine options include a new 1.5 petrol engine with 138hp or 163hp, a 1.6-litre diesel with either 109hp or 134hp and a 2-litre diesel 168hp and turbo petrol 257bhp.

Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport on road?  You now sit 30 millimetres lower than before so it all feels much more connected to the road, enhanced by a retuned suspension designed for sharper handling. It’s also lighter with up to 175kg shed from the overall weight. On the road, it’s a refined drive, smooth and quiet. It made light work of the picturesque German villages around Frankfurt and even lighter work of the autobahn, where overtaking and cruising was a pleasure, and it accelerated with a nice unexpected burst of speed.

How much? Prices on the new Insignia are also very competitive. Arriving in dealerships this summer, prices start from £17,115 for the new 1.5-litre 140bhp petrol and diesels start from £19,280 for the 1.6 litre and even the basic Design trim includes OnStar, IntelliLink smart phone touch screen (7in) with voice control – compatible with Apple Car Play and Android Auto air con, cruise control, 17in wheels, electric windows and Bluetooth.

What are my options? Debuting on the new Insignia is “Vauxhall Exclusive” a new programme that allows customers to choose from an unlimited range of colours based on their personal preference. Got a favourite tie or lipstick colour? Vauxhall will match the paintwork on your new Insignia. The range includes Design, Design Nav, SRi, SRi Nav, SRi VX-Line Nav, Tech Line Nav and Elite Nav versions.

3 words to describe the Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport?  Stylish; Smart; Sporty

 

TRIM Transmission Powertrain Power Output OTR PRICE CO2
Design 6 Speed 1.5  Turbo 140PS 17,115.00 133
Design 6 Speed 1.5  Turbo 165PS 17,415.00 136
Design 6 Speed 1.6  Turbo D 110PS 18,485.00 105
Design 6 Speed 1.6  Turbo D 136PS 18,985.00 114
Design Automatic 1.6  Turbo D 136PS 20,715.00 134
Design Nav 6 Speed 1.5  Turbo 140PS 17,910.00 133
Design Nav 6 Speed 1.5  Turbo 165PS 18,210.00 136
Design Nav 6 Speed 1.6  Turbo D 110PS 19,280.00 105
Design Nav 6 Speed 1.6  Turbo D 136PS 19,780.00 114
Design Nav Automatic 1.6  Turbo D 136PS 21,510.00 134
SRi 6 Speed 1.5  Turbo 165PS 19,215.00 136
SRi 6 Speed 1.6  Turbo D 110PS 20,285.00 105
SRi 6 Speed 1.6  Turbo D 136PS 20,785.00 114
SRi Automatic 1.6  Turbo D 136PS 22,515.00 134
SRi 6 Speed 2.0  Turbo D 170PS 21,715.00 136
SRi Automatic 2.0  Turbo D 170PS 23,330.00 141
SRi Nav 6 Speed 1.5  Turbo 165PS 20,010.00 136
SRi Nav 6 Speed 1.6  Turbo D 110PS 21,080.00 105
SRi Nav 6 Speed 1.6  Turbo D 136PS 21,580.00 114
SRi Nav Automatic 1.6  Turbo D 136PS 23,310.00 134
SRi Nav 6 Speed 2.0  Turbo D 170PS 22,510.00 136
SRi Nav Automatic 2.0  Turbo D 170PS 24,125.00 141
SRi Vx-line Nav 6 Speed 1.5  Turbo 165PS 21,230.00 136
SRi Vx-line Nav 6 Speed 1.6  Turbo D 136PS 22,800.00 114
SRi Vx-line Nav Automatic 1.6  Turbo D 136PS 24,530.00 134
SRi Vx-line Nav 6 Speed 2.0  Turbo D 170PS 23,730.00 136
SRi Vx-line Nav Automatic 2.0  Turbo D 170PS 25,345.00 141
Tech Line Nav 6 Speed 1.5  Turbo 165PS 20,010.00 136
Tech Line Nav 6 Speed 1.6  Turbo D 110PS 21,080.00 105
Tech Line Nav 6 Speed 1.6  Turbo D 136PS 21,580.00 114
Tech Line Nav Automatic 1.6  Turbo D 136PS 23,310.00 134
Tech Line Nav 6 Speed 2.0  Turbo D 170PS 22,510.00 136
Tech Line Nav Automatic 2.0  Turbo D 170PS 24,125.00 141
Elite Nav 6 Speed 1.5  Turbo 165PS 22,640.00 136
Elite Nav Automatic 2.0  Turbo 260PS 27,710.00 197
Elite Nav 6 Speed 1.6  Turbo D 110PS 23,710.00 105
Elite Nav 6 Speed 1.6  Turbo D 136PS 24,210.00 114
Elite Nav Automatic 1.6  Turbo D 136PS 25,940.00 134
Elite Nav 6 Speed 2.0  Turbo D 170PS 25,140.00 136
Elite Nav Automatic 2.0  Turbo D 170PS 26,755.00 141

 

For more information check out  Vauxhall.co.uk or the Vauxhall facebook page.

 

Geraldine Herbert

24th April, 2017

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Motoring journalist Geraldine Herbert is the founder of wheelsforwomen. A jury member for the International Women’s World Car of the Year, she has been a motoring journalist for over ten years and is the motoring expert for Good Housekeeping Magazine and their “Women at the Wheel” section of goodhousekeeing.co.uk. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

Share This Post On