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Vauxhall Insignia

Spacious and stylish family car that is great to drive and available with extra features.

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The Vauxhall Insignia is a large family car that offers great value for money. The Mk1 was launched in 2009, replacing the outgoing Vectra, and these models (and there are plenty of them out there) still offer great value for money. The latest generation, known as the Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport, was launched in 2017 and large numbers of used models are already available. It’s most popular in its large hatchback guise but there are plenty of (even bigger!) estates on the used car market too.

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With each facelift the Insignia’s looks have improved. It’s moved from a chunky family car to a smart, executive large hatchback. The stylish headlights and wide grille give the Insignia a front that stands out from other family cars, while the tight lines, part of Vauxhall’s ‘blade’ theme, make the Insignia look thinner and less blocky. 

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The Insignia’s interior is well-built and the materials feel like they’re good quality. Older models have a plethora of little buttons, while more recent ones have a cleaner look and an 8-inch high-resolution colour touchscreen. It’s also a highly comfortable car for drivers and passengers alike.

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One clear advantage the Insignia has over the many SUVs in the family car market is driving quality. Handling, refinement, and ride comfort are all good, particularly if you go for the Grand Sport. This offers a Sport mode for more body control on country roads and Tour mode for a smoother ride, with the suspension absorbing bumps and imperfections nicely. Road and wind noise aren’t intrusive, making this a good car for the motorway too. 


Cabin and boot space are some of the Insignia’s main strengths. There’s plenty of leg and headroom in models from both generations, making it a comfortable family car. Boot size is healthy too, meaning there’s room for all the kids’ luggage. When you need to prioritise cargo space you can fold the rear seats down too.

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The Insignia shows that despite the popularity of SUVs, there’s still room for large hatchbacks in the family car market. The acres of space in the interior means the whole family will have a comfortable ride and the boot is highly user-friendly. It’s suitable for all aspects of family life but particularly excels on motorway journeys thanks to its cruising ability and refinement. 


Whichever generation or trim level you choose, you get a generous amount of kit. Even entry-level first generationa models come with DAB radio, Bluetooth, cruise control, and automatic lights. Limited Edition models add Vauxhall’s OnStar system, 18-inch alloys, and heated front seats.

The latest generation is even better in terms of equipment. Entry-level Design models come with air-con, a touchscreen infotainment system and heated electric door mirrors. A variety of trim levels are available for the Grand Sport, including Design Nav (which adds a sat nav) and SRi which also adds cruise control. The top of the range GSi comes with 20-inch wheels, heated leather seats, and a Bose stereo.


The most popular engine for the first generation is the impressively refined and economical 2.0-litre diesel. A 1.8-litre petrol and 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol are also available. The latest generation’s most popular engine is the 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol, which has ample power for motorway overtaking, while 2.0-litre petrol offers even more power.


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