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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.