Scanning through the ANE website I noticed what I thought was a case of mistaken identity.
The title of an article was about the incoming Audi A7, but, in my haste, my brain registered that the accompanying photo was of a Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport. Closer inspection revealed that my mind was playing tricks on me, but looking at photos of each car from the front three quarters made me feel better that it was a (fairly) easy mistake to make.
A longer look makes the distinction a lot more obvious, and the Insignia looks more upright and stockier than the Audi, with less crisp execution of details, shut-lines and feature-lines, but the Vauxhall has some elegance and even a touch of class in my book.
There’s a new Insignia parked on a drive outside of a house on one of my dog-walking circuits and I have been admiring the low, slightly slanting forward front fascia every time I walk past. There is a rather incongruous central crease on the low bonnet which surmounts the headlamp/ grille/ front valance ensemble, which spoils the clean effect.
Then, the car’s styling deteriorates the further back from the front you go and I can get quite angry about those gloss-black plastic blanking plates embedded in the D pillars which complete the extended profile of the ‘DLO’. However, that front three quarter view is very nice, with more than a hint of the new A7 about it. Mark that up as a rare strike for Vauxhall over Audi.