controls and readouts are easy to read...
Ride and Handling
Compared to the outgoing model, the new Vauxhall Insignia is much smoother and there is significantly less road surface or engine noise.
That said, the steering seemed to have a little play in it at times and on uneven surfaces you can expect to feel the bumps and dips along the way.
This is a car that lives up to all high expectations on the motorways, but doesn’t seem to have improved that much on twisting winding country roads.
However, it certainly delivers on the economy front. Despite being designed to eke out the maximum mileage from every drop of fuel, the car had plenty of acceleration and mid-range pull and it cornered without any drama.
And if its thrills and spills you’re after, some less economical petrol versions will deliver a livelier and more aggressive experience.
Ease of Use
The four-door Vauxhall Insignia saloon is designed for comfort, practicality and flexibility.
It has a boot capacity of 500 litres which can be increased to 1,015 litres with the rear seats folded flat. A downside to the saloon model is the narrow boot opening and pretty high loading lip. However, the hatchback is likely to be the most popular in the UK and that can accommodate 530 litres increasing to 1,470. In addition, there’s plenty of handy storage compartments scattered throughout the cabin.
The driver-focused interior means that all the controls and readouts are easy to read and Vauxhall has simplified what was previously an over-complicated infotainment system.
Although the Skoda Superb is still a class-leader when it comes to practical space, the Insignia can easily cater for a family’s needs when it’s not being powered up and down the UK’s motorway network.