The Opel Insignia 2017 replaces the 2014 model and is available with a five-door body (Grand Sport) or a family-style (Sports Tourer, which we discuss separately in this article ). There is no four-door body in this generation.
It is available in a range of prices that goes from 25 € 700 of the version 1.5 Turbo 140 CV Selective to 37 € 278 € of the version 2.0 Turbo 260 CV 4×4 Aut. Excellence. With diesel engine, the most accessible version costs 26 770 euros (1.6 CDTi 110 CV Selective), a price higher than a Renault Talisman dCi 110 CV or a Ford Mondeo 1.5 TDCi 120 CV but lower than that of a Volkswagen Passat 1.6 TDI 120 CV Or an Audi A4 2.0 TDI 122 hp.
The range has petrol engines of between 140 and 260 hp and Diesel between 110 and 170 hp, all four-cylinder and turbocharged . The gearshift can be six-speed manual or automatic six (for 165 hp gasoline) or eight speeds (for 170 hp Diesel and 260 hp gasoline). The most powerful version is inexorably associated with a total traction system developed by the specialist GKN The rest have front-wheel drive.
The most striking of this car compared to the competition is its size (4.90 meters long the five-door, the familiar is even greater: 4.99 meters). By its length, it is greater than all its rivals. Some of them are relatively close as the Ford Mondeo and the Mazda6 (both with 4.87 meters) and the Renault Talisman (4.85 meters in length). Others are clearly smaller, such as the Volkswagen Passat, which measures 4.77 meters. The width of the Opel Insignia is also large, 1.86 meters (without mirrors) but to this extent there are rivals that are older, such as a Renault Talisman that is 1.87 meters wide. The previous Insignia was smaller than the current one, because it measured 4.84 meters .
The great length and width of the body makes its interior also bigger than the previous model. What increases more is the space for the legs of the occupants of the posterior places and the width for the shoulders, that is the greater in this type of vehicles. Although its interior is large in absolute terms – with the exception of the headroom in the rear seats – it is not outstanding given the dimensions of its body.
The trunk has 490 liters of capacity, which loses 40 liters with respect to the Insignia 5p of the previous generation. This volume is inferior to the one of many of the turimos of 4 and 5 doors, of length between 4.75 and 4.95 meters, with the exception of the Peugeot 508 ,
Despite its size, the Opel Insignia Grand Sport 2017 maneuvers better than the Renault Talisman and the Ford Mondeo. Dynamically it has seemed like a normal car; It is not particularly quiet (especially with the 2.0-liter diesel engine) but, overall, it is comfortable (as are virtually all similarly priced sedans) for long journeys. The suspension may be of variable hardness.
Although the body is lower than the previous model, in practice there is no loss of space because the seats are lower than before. The driving position is good with both types of seats possible and these can have various electrical settings, including one that changes the width of the backrest, and massage function. Finishing quality is good within simplicity.
Opel has also taken advantage of this new model to update the equipment related to driving assistance. It has or can have practically everything that currently starts to be common in this type of car: assistant for involuntary change of lane , programmer of active speed with emergency braking and assistant in jams, traffic warning cross back (useful to avoid accidents to the Exit from battery parkings, the system can detect objects approaching from behind from 20 meters away and at an angle of up to 90 degrees from the position of the car), four outer chambers that give an image of what there is Around the body (its quality is not excellent,
Insignia\’s most outstanding equipment (because of its usefulness and because it is not always present in its rivals) is the online assistance system, the head up display and the LED matrix headlamps:
- The online support system is called Opel OnStar and was released by the Astra. It allows to contact at will with a personal assistant and, automatically in case of accident, with an emergency service.
- The head up display projects color information into the windshield. It looks better than the information projected on a plastic sheet that have many of its rivals (such as the Volkswagen Passat – the Mazda6 – or the Peugeot 508-).
- Headlights with selective ignition of ledes (Intelilux) have not been tested in depth, but we recommend taking them into account if you are going to do many miles at night. These headlights are also present in the Astra 2016 , but in the Insignia have been improved. In each lighthouse there are sixteen lighting modules that are managed individually. Thus, as soon as the speed of the car exceeds 55 km / h, the long beacons are activated and selective switching off of these modules occurs to avoid dazzling the drivers in front. Due to the amount and quality of light they give, they seem a very recommendable option for those who use the car at night in poorly lit areas.