2019 Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport – Stunning and Stylish
The new Vauxhall Insignia, named Grand Sport, in hatchback form is here! A gorgeous new design makes it stunning from almost every angle. Vauxhall has increased the cabin space for passengers in the rear and more equipment as standard. It has a better quality finish, while also keeping the price towards the low-end respectively.
The original Insignia started production back in 2008, having gone through various facelifts, it required a more thorough overhaul, to keep it fresh and competitive with the likes of the Ford Mondeo and Skoda Superb. Over the years the Vauxhall Insignia has become a staple for company car fleets, given its spacious interior and boot. It offered maximum practicality while also being cheap to run and maintain. The Insignia did the simple things well but never managed to appeal to the public to the levels it should have. This was mainly due to its rather dreary styling characteristics.
The All-new Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport however actually hits the nail on the head. It has the styling and curb appeal, and I believe, is one of the best looking Vauxhall cars of recent times.
The Insignia Grand Sport is available in eight different trim levels; Design, Design Nav, Sri, Sri Nav, Sri VX-Line Nav, Tech Line Nav, Elite Nav, GSI Nav. With a starting price of just over £20k for the entry-level Design, there is an Insignia priced for everyone.
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Engines, Power and Performance
There is a wide range of engine selections available, with two petrol and four diesel variations to choose from depending on trim level. There is also a choice of six-speed manual, six-speed automatic or eight-speed automatic transmissions along with FWD or AWD depending on engine and trim level selected. Vauxhall has made an Insignia for everyone with the number of choices on offer, maybe too many!
The petrol range is limited to a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged unit with two different power outputs. There are the 138hp version and the 163hp. Both of which develop 250Nm of torque and are available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The 138hp model will hit 0-60mph in 9.3secs and go on to a top speed of 130mph, while the more powerful 163hp unit will get from 0-60mph in 8.8secs and achieve a top speed of 135mph.
There are two diesel engines to choose from, and both have two different power outputs, meaning there are four diesel options available. Firstly there is the 1.6-litre, Turbo D ecoTech, which produces 108hp and 300Nm of torque. It will get from 0-60mph in 11.1secs and hit a top speed of 127mph. Next, there is a 1.6-litre, Turbo D unit with 134hp and 320Nm of torque which will hit 0-60mph in 10.2secs and a top speed of 127mph. We then move on to the more powerful diesel units starting with the 2-litre, Turbo D engine, which develops 168hp and 400Nm of torque helping it to get from 0-60mph in 8.4secs and on to a top speed of 139mph. Finally, there is the most potent engine, a 2-litre, BiTurbo, D units with 207hp and 480Nm of torque. It will get from 0-60mph in just 7.4secs and achieve a top speed of 145mph. This engine is only available with an eight-speed automatic transmission and AWD system.
Interior Quality and Technology
The interior of the Insignia has improved greatly, over the outgoing model. It is now similar to the dash found in the new Vauxhall Astra. The quality of the material used is significantly better, as is the overall build quality and feels more high class. It's not quite up there with the premium brands but is certainly not a million miles away. There's a gentle mix of soft plastics and chrome trim pieces throughout the cabin adding to the quality and a more luxurious feeling than before.
All Insignia models come with an array of standard features such as a 7-inch colour touchscreen. This supports the infotainment system, which includes; Bluetooth connectivity, smartphone mirroring with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and seven-speaker sound system. Opt for one of the NAV trim models, and you get Vauxhall's Multimedia Navi System with integrated sat-nav, also available as an optional extra.
Choose the Elite Nav or GSi Nav trim level, and you get a larger 8-inch colour touchscreen. As well as an 8-inch digital instrument display cluster as standard, along with a variety of other features. The list of optional extras is vast and covers almost everything you could need, with the majority as standard on the higher-spec models.
Space, Practicality and Safety
The new Insignia has gained extra space in the rear for passengers but lost a small amount of boot capacity as a compromise. In the front, there is ample space for adults of all shapes and sizes. The seats are big, soft and comfortable. They are adjustable, as is the steering wheel, making it easy to find a great driving position and with higher-spec models. You also get adjustable lumbar support, as standard.
In the back, the extra space is easily noticeable and is a real improvement on the previous model. There is plenty of head and legroom for 6ft+ passengers. You will easily fit three across the rear bench, although the central passenger will have to cope with reduced foot space, due to the central transmission tunnel.
The Insignia has a variety of storage cubbies throughout the cabin including; door pockets front and rear, a large glovebox, cupholders and centre armrest storage holder. The boot is slightly smaller than the one in the outgoing Insignia but is still large enough to compete with most. The new capacity comes in at 490-litres, and 1450-litres with the rear seats folded down so will comfortably fit all the families luggage in, or maybe a couple of sets of golf clubs.
The Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport achieved a top 5-star rating from the recent Euro NCAP safety tests carried out. The Insignia comes with lots of standard safety feature and assists including; ABS brakes, multiple airbags and an electronic stability programme (ESP), which includes traction control and drag torque control amongst a selection of other features. Some of the optional extra safety features, which come as standard on higher-spec models include; a head-up display (HUD), lane change assist with blindspot alert and a rearview camera to name just a few.
The new Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport is undoubtedly a huge step up from the old one and will now appeal to a broader client base, due to its size, versatility and value for money. It should easily become the best selling Insignia ever, as it offers more than ever before. It now has stunning looks which will make it even more desirable and will genuinely rival the ever-popular Ford Mondeo.