It has been a long time since Vauxhall had a large family car as competitive as the Insignia, not just on objective levels such as price, spaciousness and refinement but on many subjective levels, too.

It may inspire very little, but the Vauxhall Insignia is as practical, serviceable, comfortable, efficient and sensible as traditional family saloons come. With Luton knocking about £2000 off the price of the car old-to-new and residual values much improved, it’s also now very good value indeed.

It has been a long time since Vauxhall had a large family car as competitive as this

While it falls a little short of the standards of the best cars in the class on dynamism and engagement - the likes of the and Mazda 6 - the Insignia steers more precisely and handles with more roundedness than any non-sporting big Vauxhall ever did.

It merits a berth at the top of the UK fleet sales charts for all those reasons and more. While a lack of piquancy and verve will continue to make it a low-ranking choice for interested drivers of any kind, it is becoming increasingly hard to ignore it with good reason.

The next generation Insignia at the very least has a solid foundation with which Vauxhall can make its next step forward.

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