The job of making the Insignia not just better but also more relevant in a market slowly falling out of love with non-premium flagships like this was considerable.

For the most part, with the stakes impossibly high, Vauxhall can consider its job well executed. No one – not buyer nor dealer nor tyre-kicker – could move from old to new and fail to commend the differences. In places, it feels like the manufacturer has gone all out: the model could hardly be larger, prettier or priced more affordably.

Rethought Insignia has a lot going for it — but no more than its rivals

Those virtues alone – on top of a huge customer base – ought to ensure continued big-volume success.

Conquest sales might be trickier, though. For all its enhancements, the Insignia hasn’t fallen far from the tree.

There are better and more economical cars to drive, just as there are nicer, finer-feeling ones to sit in.

Thus, the blurry line between genuinely appealing and simply proficient at its job is still not one the Insignia motors confidently across.

Be that as it may, PSA will be delighted to find its subsidiaries’ new flagship in comparatively fine fettle.

In this guise we rank the Insignia Grand Sport third behind the formidable Ford Mondeo and Volkswagen Passat, but impressively ahead of the Skoda Superb and recently facelifted Mazda 6


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