Opel Insignia Sports Tourer Vs. Seat Exeo ST

1The formula is clear: variants derived from the saloon, comfortable, functional and practical with excellent load capacity to give us our day to day. The Insignia Sports Tourer “begins” at 25,500 €, while the ST Exeo part from 22,790 …

With regard to variants of four or five doors, the price for having the body of these two related family in the world of middle-class sedan stands at about 1,300 €. A little extra effort that ultimately can give us great satisfaction if we think in terms of practicality and cargo space. Moreover, today the ugly image of the old family sedan that appeared with a “dollop” of luggage in tow, has evolved significantly better with design and style exercises far more visually appealing.
Outside and inside

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Como always a matter of taste, but our protagonists are a living example of this enormous progress, retaining the right image of enjoying both the Insignia as the Exeo saloon and taking the body family in an elegant and harmonious, thanks to lines, lines and shapes consistent even embellish the back.

The size of both is the most varied in addition to the rear, due to increased rear overhangs. Much more for the Insignia Sports Tourer, the length of growing to 4.91 meters (80 mm more than the versions 4 or 5 doors), the Exeo ST, meanwhile, increased only 5 mm (4.66 m long in total).

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Como mentioned before, the internal aspect is identical to the sedans. Both have a good ending, more careful in the case of SEAT as the feel of the materials and the adjustment of the various pieces. With the launch of the Exeo, the Spanish firm was amazed that effect; remember that inherits all the qualities of the old A4 and therefore has a very well done interior, never before seen in the brand, more like the premium segment that of the general middle class to which he belongs.

Question of space
Las things begin to change shape if we clear the space. The front seats and driving position are identical to their “brothers sedan (see impressions about the Insignia of the Exeo here and here) but it is in the back where we found big differences. The German model presents a considerable extent, especially as far as height is concerned, much higher than in the rest of the range.

In the ST Exeo to ceiling height increases and still sins just being a vehicle with rear seats a little space in relation to its exterior length. So there is no doubt in the Insignia they are more spacious and airy, including also the width and the site for the legs.

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To get around
Cómo not the most attractive of these vehicles is their luggage. The Opel is the largest in the entire Insignia range, with 540 liters capacity, 1,530 L if hit by the rear seats. Thanks to the enormous gate which boasts one of its great virtues, we can easily make all of our belongings, although we must pay attention to the curvature of the roof (which sometimes makes it difficult to load objects at higher altitudes). There are plenty of holes in the sides or double bottoms are relatively deep. You can also install the package called “Flex Organizer an option (for 162 €) which includes rails, networks and a system to place the floor of the trunk at various heights to suit the needs of what we carry.

EN as the trunk of the Exeo, it has a volume about 100 liters less, 442 (1,354 if you break down the rear seats) and its “mouth” is not so great. Curiously, is less capacity than the Exeo saloon (18 liters more) if it only charges up to estor which covers baggage. Taking advantage of all the headroom to the roof and obviously at the expense of visibility, the volume would certainly be considerable; 562 l. To their credit, we can say that has more regular shapes, which can ease the burden of certain objects on occasion. It also provides various holes scattered around the sides and also has a double bottom. We can either install the “Storage Package” (123 €) which includes drawers beneath the front seats, a bag and a large network skiboxes over a network on the right side of the trunk itself.

The loading lip is similar in both. With respect to the ground, we should at least raise the objects about 60 cm to introduce them. Another curious question is found in the Insignia Sports Torurer; The taillights come under the gate so that Opel had to install another small game in the trunk (of the Exeo, as normally occurs, are “cut” and remain unchanged any).

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Mechanical, consumption and impressions up
Many mechanical options are available for both, in fact the Exeo just introduced a new 120-hp version that is located as a stepping stone for access to the diesel range. We selected the most powerful engine in the case of the model of the Martorell plant and which is second from the podium (second only to the V6 with 260 hp) in the case of German car, both petrol.

“Our” Opel Insignia Sports Tourer equates a 2.0 turbo engine 220 hp. It is a mechanism that responds forcefully, and in collecting certain abruptness in the power delivery to the right pedal is depressed fully. However, it gives a feeling of acceleration as you would expect from an engine of similar power, perhaps in part because of good insulation has been achieved in the carrier. Either way, the benefits do not leave any doubt, the car can accelerate from 0 to 100 in 7.9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 236 km / h.

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EL propellant our test unit consisted Exeo ST block two-liter four-cylinder Volkswagen Group. In this SEAT, delivers an output of 200 hp. Its operation is more enjoyable, especially as their best response is low. It seems to be more elastic and inside the cabin is the car more speed with astonishing ease. In fact, going very recoveries at par and is up to 3 tenths quicker in maneuvering the sprint.

In any case, we believe that neither of these engines are the most sold, and it is logical that the potential buyer of favoring less powerful mechanical and more “rational”. Having a very large reserve of acceleration under any circumstances (and for many even exaggerated in a family) has its downside, inevitably centered on the theme of consumption. In a joint travel about 150 kilometers, it was impossible to lose 10 to 9 liters, respectively, data on the other hand very good when you consider we are talking about 200 hp or more. Circulating in gears and throttle when driving was possible in “sport” by winding roads, are triggered by consumption of 18 liters per 100 km on average.

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