Although it has grown in size, the first thing that strikes you about the Insignia is less its spaciousness and more the obvious effort expended on making you feel more at home.
The previous model, blighted by unyielding front seats and a general air of ungainliness, was a prospect you sat on top of – barely any more integrated than an umpire at Wimbledon.
But in the new version, courtesy of a 30mm drop in the hip point, hugely improved seats and a judicious raising of a more imposing centre console, Vauxhall’s flagship has become a car much better able to have you sink into it.
This low-key but telling upgrade of driving position predisposes you to like (or at least forgive) much of what’s going on around it. In the Insignia’s case, there’s much to objectively appreciate. Any horror-show memory of the previous car’s button-heavy arrangement of switchgear has been swept aside. The model now wisely partitions its functions at different levels of the dashboard and retains physical buttons for only the sought-after functions.
Flanking the latest 8.0in infotainment screen, you’ll find the volume control, ‘Home’, ‘Back’ and a track/radio skipper – essentially everything you need 90 percent of the time.