The Insignia GSi’s cabin doesn’t immediately strike you as one that has been given an appetite-whetting performance makeover.
A pair of leather-upholstered sports front seats are the clearest indicator that you’re in something with sporting ambitions. They’re fairly large but offer good lateral support and adjustability, allowing you to sit low down in the cabin for a more sporting driving position than in a normal Insignia.
Vauxhall’s Navi 900 Intellilink system isn’t the most advanced or impressive infotainment on the market, but it has all the key features you might need. Satellite navigation, DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are all included as standard, as is a Bose premium sound system.
The screen itself sits in a small recess in the dashboard and is easy to reach from the driver’s seat. It’s simple to navigate between the menus using the touchscreen itself, and buttons in the centre of the dashboard allow for quick navigation to the home screen and track selection.
Graphically, the satellite navigation system is fairly basic, but streets are clearly legible and directions easy to follow. Interestingly for a car at this price point, the Insignia GSi Nav doesn’t include a reversing camera.
The steering wheel adjusts for both rake and reach, so in terms of ergonomics, Vauxhall has done a commendable job. The material quality and richness you expect of a top-of-the-range performance derivative is notable largely by its absence, though.