Insignia a great car to live with
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