Opel Insignia

4/5
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Verdict

The Opel Insignia is a stylish saloon designed to look like a coupe. It’s well built, good to drive and comes with a range of engines that allow you to make it as economical or as fast as you wish.

Performance

The Opel Insignia is available in three guises. These are Hatch, Saloon and Tourer. There is a choice of one petrol engine and two diesel engines. The petrol option is the 1.4i with 140bhp mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The two diesel options include a 1.6 CDTi with 140bhp and a 2.0 CDTi with 170bhp. Both diesel options come with a choice of a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. There is also the performance OPC model fitted with a 2.8i V6 with 330bhp mated to a 6-speed manual.

Ride & Handling

The Opel Insignia is a large saloon car and is built for covering considerable mileage in good comfort. Sport style seats are fitted in every model which is good for a car that performs quite well overall, but body roll can be evident in the corners. If you prefer the option of switching between relaxed and some enthusiastic driving, opt for the FLEXride that provides a sharper turn in and also allows you to adapt the dampers to suit your style of driving. This allows you to choose between Sport, Tour and Comfort. If you are looking for a more engaging drive from your family saloon, the Mazda 6 cannot be overlooked.

Refinement

The Insignia is a very comfortable family saloon no matter which model you go for. It is available in six trim levels with a range of options to choose from. The trims are S, SC, SE, SRi, elite and the top of the range performance OPC. The entry level S comes with a generous level of it including 17 inch alloy wheels, cruise control, electric heated mirrors, auto lights, electric windows, air conditioning and Bluetooth capability. Higher trim levels build further on this with options like dual-zone climate control and the IntelliLink Navi 900 infotainment pack.

Quality & Reliability

The Opel Insignia looks modern, stylish and feels very well built. There is a nice combination of quality materials throughout with a blend of well thought out contrast inserts across the dashboard and down the centre console that give it a sophisticated look and feel. While the S trim level is well specified, we would recommend stepping up one level to SC to ensure you get the 7 inch touch screen IntelliLink infotainment system, as the lack of it can make the cabin feel sparse and lack appeal.

Safety & Security

The Opel Insignia is a remarkably safe car receiving some of the highest scores with its full five star rating from the Euro NCAP crash test. One of the main reasons for this is the considerable level of safety kit that comes as standard. This includes electronic stability control, tyre pressure monitor, ISO-FIX and a full host of six airbags. There is also the new OnStar safety system that monitors your car and can contact emergency services in the event of an accident.

Space & Practicality

The Insignia is a spacious car with plenty of room for front seats passengers and decent legroom in the rear. Headroom is compromised slightly for taller passengers because of the coupe style slanted rear roofline. The Skoda Superb is still King in this segment when it comes to boot space but the insignia packs an impressive 530 litres as standard in the hatch model. This can be further increased to 1470 litres when the rear seats are folded.

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Key Facts

Make

Opel

Model
Insignia
Variant
S 1.4i 140PS Turbo S/S
Car Category
Family Saloon
First year of model production
2013
Engine (L)
1.4
Gearbox Type
Manual
Gears
6 speed
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
Saloon
Price New
€24,995
CBG Expert Rating
4.0

Running Costs

Tax
€270
Tax Band
B1
Average L/100 km
5.2
Average km/L
19.2
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
70
Fuel Tank Range
1346 km
Cost of filling a tank
€91.98
Average Cost Per 200 km
€13.67
CO2 emmissions
124 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU6 g/km

Performance

Brake Horsepower
140 bhp
Max Power kW
104
Displacement - CC (Engine)
1399
Engine Cylinders
4
Engine Position
Front, transversely
Number of valves
4
Driven Wheels
Front
Aspiration
turbo
Top speed
205 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
10.9 s

Space & Practicality

Body Type
Saloon
Doors
4
Seats
5
Boot capacity
500 L

Warranty

All Components
3 Year warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
3 Year warranty
Car Body
12 Year warranty
Mileage
100000
Roadside Assistance
1 Year Roadside Assistance

Safety

Euroncap Star Rating
5

Dimensions

Boot capacity
500 L
Wheels
Front wheel drive
Tyre size front
225/55 R17 mm
Tyre size back
225/55 R17 mm
Length
4830 mm
Width
1858 mm
Height
1498 mm
Wheel Base
2737 mm
Front Track (mm)
1498
Rear Track (mm)
1587
Kerb weight
1503 KG
Max trailer Weight (Kg)
2020
Turning circle (m)
10.8

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, transversely
Fuel Delivery
Multi-point injection
Front Brakes
Ventilated discs
Rear Brakes
Disc
Power
140 bhp
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