What is it?
Having sampled the entry-level diesel Insignia Grand Sport, we move straight on to the most expensive petrol-driven version, the 2.0-litre 4x4 Turbo, which is sold exclusively in range-topping Elite Nav trim. With a 2.0-litre petrol engine and eight-speed auto, the model develops 256bhp, but the real windfall is the GKN-developed four-wheel drive system, derived from the same Twinster technology used in the Ford Focus RS.
Costing from £27,710, this go-faster variant pushes the Insignia firmly into the fringes of Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series territory, although similarly priced versions of either aren’t nearly as well equipped as the Vauxhall.
Alongside the standard family-pleasing 4G wi-fi hotspot, you also get LED matrix headlights, heated seats, a larger 8.0in touchscreen, sat-nav, dual-zone climate control, a Bose sound system and 20in alloys.