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Opel Insignia

Opel Insignia
Displacement - Bore * stroke
TransmissionSix-speed, six-speed automatic
ConstructionFront drive (transversely), All-wheel drive (optional), electronic differential lock
Wheelbase2737 mm
Suspension frontMcPherson
Suspension rearMultilink
Tyres225/55 R 17 - 245/35 R 20
6,5/7 x 16/17 (steel)
7-8,5 x 17-20 (alloy)
Body4/5 doors, notch/hatchback
Length4830 / 4908 mm
Width1856 (2084) mm
Height1498 mm
Trunk500 - 540 liter
Tank capacity70 liter
Kerb weightApprox. 1500 - 1600 kg incl. driver
AwardCar of the year 2009
Construction periodFrom 2008
Top speed
Purchase price

The styling makes you forget the Vectra!

If one is usually driving around with more compact vehicles, you think the rear of the Insignia is quite great. At the doors however we see that the engineers does not make it easy. The rear are drawn in the window area far into the C-pillar. So far that one must sometimes difficult maneuvering around them in the car. The front doors however are not abundant measured. What is more the also too far forward mounted door handle.

There will be a test drive 'to the villages'. Nevertheless, one already obtains an impression of the powerful engine, in this case two-liter turbo with enough pulling power, especially when it is accompanied by an automatic transmission, which it also at sudden acceleration brings out from the lowest torque. Acceleration is enough. No noise, few excitement, one also comes out well from tricky situations.

Because of active driving. I notice as I am always more passive. The steering wheel incorrectly with one hand, I conduct the car easily on the road. Easy, almost too easy the steering. No car in front of me and only watch on the speed limits. So you can stand it even in the main through-roads Calmness takes over.

Fuel saving is limited with such an attitude. The almost too rapid consumption display may help on the highway but not here. Even in pure thrust without gas the indicator comes late to rest. This is certainly well designed, but you can not learn from moment values between 0 and 35 l/100km fuel-efficient driving.

At first glance, the suspension seems not to participate in the concert of comfort. You can feel touching the tyres over grooves and gaps of the road and is now waiting for a really bad piece. But nothing of all this, it remains in good manners. The possible adjustment towards harder I have not tried, nor the new Xenon light of the Insignia.

The interior clearly catch up to the Passat and Audi. Fortunately no chrome, which is reflected in the windshield. Strangely this indicating instruments with many numbers on the edge and absolute darkness in the middle. The materials used, there is nothing to criticize. Only if you look through the window to the front, one realizes the difficulty to estimate the front. Take a look at Figure 1 (enlargement) this from kerb stone edges on imperiled deep front spoiler.

Possible enemies of success: economic situation bzw. CO2-emissions

One must also consider the new and particularly in environmental terms. Its weight, well. However, all the engines running for Euro 5 norm. The air resistance is also almost not to criticize. In the CO2 emissions Opel is running afterwards - like almost all of its competitors. The converter automatic is also to criticize in the light of the consumption. Where here is the offer of one of these fabulous dual-clutch gearbox. And over the four-wheel drive may not be talking. Here the company feels probably under pressure of competition. 01/09

Diesel engineIn-line four-cylinder
Displacement1956 cm³
Bore * stroke 83,0 * 90,4 mm
Compression16,5 : 1
CO2-emission154 g/km
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