In­signia a great car to live with

Cynon Valley - - MOTOR WALES - PETER HAY­WARD news­desk@waleson­

VAUX­HALL’S lat­est In­signia Grand Sport has al­ready won awards in the com­pany car sec­tor and as a top sec­ond­hand buy de­spite be­ing on the mar­ket for less than two years.

Of course, the pre­vi­ous model was a favourite with fleets over a very long pe­riod, and proved re­li­able and long last­ing.

The Grand Sport is new from the tar­mac up and is styled rather like a five-door coupe, with sleek lines rem­i­nis­cent of the VW Pas­sat CC.

And the 1.6 turbo diesel SRi I drove a cou­ple of weeks ago has enough grunt for a field full of pork­ers.

Ac­cel­er­a­tion is ex­cel­lent in fourth gear of six, and still good in fifth. Even sixth has enough urge to take care of most mo­tor­way ma­noeu­vres.

The clutch is light, but has the usual Vaux­hall long travel, which meant I had to have the seat fur­ther for­ward than I nor­mally like.

How­ever, the gearchange is easy to use if some­times a lit­tle slow and there is ev­ery which way seat and col­umn ad­just­ment to make sure the driver is as com­fort­able as pos­si­ble.

Sadly though, there is no seat height ad­just­ment for the pas­sen­ger seat, which means that shorter peo­ple don’t get a very good view.

Com­fort is very good with a sus­pen­sion set-up that feels quite soft at times, but it holds the road like a dream and I found it very safe with loads of grip and good feel from the steer­ing.

Sri NAV trim brings auto lights and wipers, key­less en­try and start­ing, cli­mate, cruise, sat nav, an eight inch touch screen, DAB ra­dio, Blue­tooth, Ap­ple Carplay and An­droid Auto.

It also comes with very good sports front seats, drilled look pol­ished ped­als, am­bi­ent light­ing (which I al­ways turn off be­cause it’s dis­tract­ing) dark­ened rear win­dows and a spoiler.

The Vaux­hall In­signia Grand Sport SRi 1.6TD I drove costs £23,450.

Vaux­hall In­signia Grand Sport SRi 1.6TD

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