The family car category has been wrapped up by the Insignia Grand Sport. That it's beaten the multiple winning Skoda Superb to the title shows what a brilliant package Vauxhall has produced. Space is one of the biggest priorities for a car in this class, and the Insignia Grand Sport delivers it by the shedload.
It's most notable in the back, where the Vauxhall's vast rear cabin means that there's more than enough room to manoeuvre a bulky child seat into place and still huge reserves of knee and headroom once the kids have grown. All of the kid you'll ever need for family life can be swallowed by a generous 490 litre boot, while the Vauxhall's enormous hatchback opening gives great access and lots of practicality.
The Insignia's cabin looks smart, is solidly put together and well equipped. All models get at least air con and a seven inch infotainment touchscreen with Apply CarPlay and Android Auto, plus 17 inch allow wheels, LED tail lights and cruise control. The car mixed excellent refinement with capable handling. It's at its best on a long cruise, where the smooth ride, comfortable seats and strong refinement help the miles pass by easily.
There are two petrol engines or, if you do higher mileages, a choice of four torquey diesels. Also, a GSi Nav trim is available that adds a sportier flavour and power without sacrificing practicality. We'd stick to the more affordable models, where the Insignia's tempting pricing clinches its crown. Starting from £18,780, it undercuts some rivals by several thousand pounds,but is also priced competitively with cars from the class below. Factor in appealing monthly finance offers and the Insignia Grand Sport looks a real bargain.
Vauxhall's flagship Insignia Grand Sport has been named Family Car of the Year at the Auto Express Awards 2018. Held in London, the 2018 awards mark 30 years since Auto Express was launched in 1988. Faced with tough judging criteria and a voting panel composed of the magazine's expert reviewer's, only the very best cars make it onto the winner's list, making this win for the Vauxhall Insignia even more impressive.
'Space is one of the biggest priorities for a car in this class, and the Insignia Grand Sport delivers it by the shedload' said Steve Fowler, Editor in Chief at Auto Express. 'It looks great inside and out, and is packed with tech. It's superbly refined on the move, and there are some efficient engines. Best of all is its price tag. You can park an Insignia Grand Sport on your driveway for a little over £19,000'.
Sporting elegant lines, class leading aerodynamics and a large coupe design inspired by the 2013 Monza Concept, the new Insignia is up to 175kg lighter than its predecessor. The Insignia is packed with the latest technology including Lane Keep Assist and Automatic Emergency Braking, ensuring a high level of safety. In addition, next generation IntelliLux LED Matrix lighting is available, delivering performance without dazzling oncoming drivers.
The Insignia has been well received by customers thanks to its state of the art equipment, including the IntelliLink infotainment system, which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone connectivity. Adding to the premium feel within the cabin, the Insignia is available with a Bose sound system that delivers top quality audio for greater listening pleasure. With engines ranging from 110PS to 210PS, the Insignia is also available with an all new 1.5 litre turbo variant.
'We are delighted that our flagship Insignia has been recognised by Auto Express at its annual awards' said Stephen Norman, Vauxhall's Managing Director. 'The Insignia Grand Sport is the ideal family car thanks to its elegant styling, equipment levels and affordable price'.
The Insignia has proved popular among both fleet and family buyers and is sold alongside the Insignia Country Tourer, Sports Tourer and the all new performance tuned GSi. In addition to this latest award, the new Insignia has been recognised at the Company car Today CCT100 and 4x4 magazine awards.
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