2009 Driving test: Opel Insignia 2.0 Turbo

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Opel has reinvented itself with the Opel Insignia, successor of the Vectra looks stylish and even earned the title “Car of the Year 2009 ‘.

Formerly no one was actually awakened by Opel, the German automaker was known for his solid but dull models simultaneously. Opel knew it would get rid of its image difficult without a drastic break style to implement, the Insignia is the result of a complete tabula rasa in which the name of his predecessor even expert was demolished. The apparent break style brilliantly successful because car enthusiasts agree that the Insignia a stylish and attractive mid-range has become. The sales figures show that the general public may well find its way to the Opel dealer: in Europe, the Insignia has ordered 140,000 times.

What are the secrets of the success of the Insignia? First and foremost, the design is to rapidly improved. The body of the Insignia is distinguished by a smooth coupe-like roofline and a graceful silhouette. The Insignia actually almost literally cuts through the air, the Sedan has an exceptionally low drag coefficient of 0.27. We perceive a wide front grille and headlights which formed two well equipped with LEDs. In profile, we notice some interesting details, as found in the C-style of the window frames a nod to our very similar to the ‘Hofmeisterknik’ of BMW, a clear nod to his rival from Bavaria. Also striking is the boomerang-shaped profile in the zijflanken, they give the Insignia a very dynamic look. Behind the Insignia is characterized by a small trunk spoiler and rear separately formed. Both light units with a chrome strip connected to the whole graceful finish.

With its majestic appearance, the former competitors of the Insignia, the Vectra as the Volkswagen Passat and Ford Mondeo had it. The Opel Insignia aims his arrows now higher, on models like the Audi A4, BMW 3-Series and Mercedes C-Class. For German customers of this trinity to steal was of course working hard on the quality of the interior. Unfortunately our test model was equipped with a black with more black interior that looks maybe a little bit boring, but we could clearly see that Opel has made efforts for a comfortable interior design. We were just struggling with the abundance of buttons in the center console that also sensed rather plasticky. Our test model was equipped with an optional à la BMW iDrive control knob that we really could use just about anything. Too bad the center console so that Opel could not make less pressure by operating button standard on all models provide. Note also that the Insignia only comes with electronic parking brake. The system is getting used to but will do so for quite some space economy even two cup holders could find their way.

We found the DVD800 Navigation System in our Opel Insignia, the cards are very smooth and sharp on a 7 “color display. The included DVD contains detailed information for more than 30 European countries and with 2 GB flash memory can save the country needed so that the DVD does not always sit in the reader. The navigation system could be operated with the optional control button that we previously discussed and provides very accurate reports of traffic congestion and possible detours. The system proposes an alternative route quickly so you can easily avoid traffic jams.

The coupe-like roofline, the Insignia is not directly behind a miracle but the area seems no need to dramatize. People greater than 1 meter 90 may be forced to drop back slightly, the whole is fortunately compensated by a more than generous legroom. The trunk is large enough for 500 liter, up there in the back seat can be folded down so you share a load volume of 1000 liters can achieve. These values are slightly lower than the practical competition formed a shortage of space but you can not blame Insignia again now.

The success of the Opel Insignia we could not just attribute to its elegant appearance, the various innovations that makes available for the Opel Insignia play a major role. Thus our test model was equipped with Adaptive Forward Lighting (AFL), which is a system that automatically controls the lights. Automatic lights we know of course nothing new but the AFL is special about the light itself can determine which function is most appropriate for the prevailing driving situation. So the system works with sensors that detect the speed, steering angle and rainfall measurements, even if an oncoming vehicle is approaching this by a sensor observed. The system worked flawlessly for us, so choose the Insignia beam itself when the best choice and it automatically dims when an oncoming vehicle, he observed. Also turns the lights follow the curve of the road so the entire surface is well illuminated.

Another important innovation that is not on our test model was installed, the Opel Eye system. The Opel Eye is a camera located between the windscreen and the rear and both road and wegbelijningen points. Thus plates with a speed limit and overtaking ban appears on the instrument panel. While the driver is warned if this deviates from its lane unintentionally.

The Opel Insignia is available with a whole bunch of engines. In the petrol’s choice between capacities of 115 to 260 bhp and the diesel can be between 110, 130 and 160 hp are elected. We drove the 2.0 petrol Turbo 4 × 4, representing a capacity of 220 hp and a maximum torque of 350 Nm which is widely spread between 2000 and 4000 rpm is. This Insignia 2.0 Turbo sprint from 0 to 100 km / h in 7.7 seconds and reaches a top speed of 240 km / h. Yet we Insignia sprintbom a hard call and it has everything to do with the perception inside. The Insignia is so comfortable and quiet you with the 220 horses under the hood you lose your license faster than you think. The optional Ride Flex system allows the driver to the possible settings of the chassis and suspension with the push of a button to adjust. There is the Sport mode is slightly more dynamic and sportier and the Tour mode that is ideal for cruising on the motorway or a bumpy trail.

The two most powerful petrol engine is the Adaptive 4 × 4 system available. For the 2.8 V6 with 260 hp is standard, we tested the 2.0 Turbo option. This four-wheel drive system improves handling and stability significantly and ensures that the very sharp Insignia submit. We do not know how to Insignia 2.0 Turbo 4 × 4 forward without this system but the system gives the driver an extra sense of security when driving. In Belgium, this is probably not so much gasoline purchased, the more economical diesel engines here waving the scepter. The 2.0 Turbo seems therefore particularly suitable for representatives who often have on the German Autobahn. Consumption is also soon over from 9 litres/100 km. Would you efficient? The Opel Insignia ecoFLEX is available with two engines. Both have the same basis as 2.0 CDTI, but provide 130 or 160 hp. The combined consumption with an ecoFLEX engine is 5.2 liters of diesel per 100 km.

Would you park your door for an Insignia? This is all from 22,700 euros including VAT for the 1.6 petrol with 115 bhp. The 2.0 Turbo is that we have driven there from 31,000 euros, but we count all the options than to clocks we are heading for euro 39,218. The environmentally Insignia ecoFLEX with 130 horsepower starting at 26,550 euros you. This plunges the Insignia pricing just below the price of the Volkswagen Passat. Given the urgent need of a little refurbishment Passat far it seems only logical therefore that many people opt for this Insignia. The price thus explains the success.

The style that break with the Opel Insignia has been more than successful. With its attractive design, advanced technology, wide range of engines and competitive price, the Insignia are very interesting for both business and private drivers. The Insignia sends very well and is very comfortable up there. You head back slightly less space by the coupe-like roofline roofline but that is very precisely determine its stylish appearance. Opel Insignia sets with a very decent mid-range down to basically to compete with models like the Volkswagen Passat and Ford Mondeo, the Insignia but we can easily compete with models that are even greater repute as the Audi A4 and BMW 3-Series.

Overview
+ Stylish appearance
Price +
+ Comfortable & Quiet

– Excessive center console buttons
– Consumption 2.0 Turbo
– Rear headroom

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