Whether or not Vauxhall’s design language, with its ‘blade’ theme running throughout, appeals on the Insignia is mostly subjective, but we would comment that the tightly pinched lines, particularly around the bonnet and headlamps, help to disguise the Insignia’s considerable footprint. That's particularly true of the estate - or Sports Tourer in Vauxhall-speak.
The blade design is a reoccurring theme through the Vauxhall Insignia, the most obvious being in the front doors. It helps make the Insignia look thinner and breaks up the large surface area in profile; emphasising power to the back, making the Insignia look like it might be rear drive.
The gently sloping rear window line, broad C-pillar and prominent chrome window edge form the Insignia’s most successful design element, giving the car elegant proportions and drawing parallels with the Lexus GS and Jaguar XF executive saloons.
For the most recent facelift, Vauxhall's designers concentrated their efforts on freshening up the car's front and rear bumper styling; there were no sheet metal changes. The Insignia got new, more powerful headlamps, a new radiator grille with a broader chrome bar, and a redesigned lower valance that draws the eye outwards and downwards. At the rear the changes were mirrored for the same effect.
Several changes to the exterior design combine with better underbody panelling to lower the car's drag co-efficient to just 0.25 for the hatchback, and 0.28 for the Sports Tourer.