In the city we were struggling with length and a large turning circle, but on the open road, the new “insignia grand sport” reveals its true character. Opel has improved its bestseller who is now better for driving with more comfort and safety. For years, it has been saying that the limousine segment is dying and that the large SUVs have taken their place. Limousines are threatened by the MPV model, and they can respectively become history . However, is that right?
Opel Insignia Grand Sport
It is true that sales can not be compared with the results of two decades ago, but the limousines were and will remain the part of our everyday life. Namely, practically everyone producers have their representatives in this segment. It’s clear to us that Ford does not live from a “Mondeo”, or Reno from a “Talisman,” but they are here, among us. On the other side, Opel has survived thanks to the first generation of “Insignia” that is immediately selected for the European Car of 2009, and for four years it has been sold out in more than half a million units. With time going by, “Insignia” has matured in the right, elegant limousine with sporty, but also harmonious proportions and short overhangs. The concept of “monk” from 2013 was served as a basis for the second generation from which were taken the headlights, the stylish shaped radiator grille and deep cuts on the side surfaces.
The new Insignia
, now with the addition of “grand sport” in its name, is 4.9 meters long, thanks to the new „epsilon II“ platform, it is four centimeters lower than the previous version, while the wheelbase has increased by nine centimeters. In any case, the new “Insignia” is recognizable on the street, which is most important, by dimensions Insignia is side by side with such rivals as “Skoda Superb”, “Ford Mondeo” or “Mazda 6”, while is only two centimeters shorter than the E-Class Mercedes“.
For drivers who do not care too much about the look, it’s important to notice that Opel have used maximum of extra centimeters to offer the “Insignia grand sport”as one of more comfortable cabins in the class. The first thing that travelers will feel is more space for knees in the back bench, more precisely, seven inches higher than the previous model. Also, despite coupe lines, back bench has also sufficient space for the head of the passenger, and it is immediately noticed that the cabin is now wider (1.43 meters). Practically, the only real competitor for “Insignia” in offering space is “Skoda Superb”. Opel’s five-door limousine provides top comfort for four passengers, and as well as all rivals, the problem for the fifth passenger is a wide central tunnel.
Modern, but also elegant
– this is a brief description of the „Insignia grand sport „interior.The driver’s environment has been adapted with the latest trends, such as large touchscreen and „head up“ display. However, Opel remained faithful to traditional instrument panel, but also added some details reserved for sports models only – voltmeter and oil temperature indicator. It is interesting that the instrument panel is transparent, as opposed to the switch (start-stop button, light, head up display controller …) placed behind the steering wheel and hidden from the driver’s view. So do not be surprised if you press the “indicator button” instead of the start button.
Also, on models with a more luxurious package of equipment, the steering wheel contained more than 20 small buttons that draw attention. The driver behind the wheel is sitting two inches lower than in the previous “Insignia”, and a high rating deserves also comfortable seats with a long sitting surface. The central console is set high and gently facing the driver so that it gets a sporty sense of driving. It is clear that Opel, unlike previous years, took into account the details that can attract potential customers. The trunk volume is 490 liters, which is far less compared to the “Superb” (650 liters), but it has the correct dimensions and can be used every liter of free space. The fifth door opens high and allows easier luggage insertion.
The tested model is powered by a proven 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel engine which arose during the cooperation with Fiat. The latest version develops 170 horses and even 400 Nm of maximum torque, which is, in our story, more important than raw power. A high torque is available at lower revs (1,500-1,750 rpm) so it does not need frequently pushing the precision six-speed manual transmission. The new “Insignia” is about 180 kilograms lighter than the previous version and it is very felt. The “Insignia 2.0 CDTI” up to 50 kilometers per hour accelerates in 3.3 seconds, while the “hundredth” takes less than nine seconds (8.8), which is a rarity among middle-class limousines. A two- liter engine also ensures a solid acceleration – from 60 to 100 km / h in the fourth gear it takes 5.7 seconds. For comparing, easier, but also 20-hp weaker “Skoda Superb” accelerates in seven seconds. The brakes are also more powerful than the Class average and two tonnes heavy “Insignia grand sport” from 100 km / h to standstill stops after 34.2 meters (“Skoda Superb” takes 36.5 meters). And, beside very good sound insulation, four-cylinders are quite hearing, especially at lower revolutions and until he warms up. As the speed rises, it becomes quieter, but you still make it clear that a diesel engine is underneath the hood.
On the open road it is clear that this “Insignia” was created for the German high way.The limousine is designed for longer journeys and after a few hours behind the wheel you will not feel back pain. The same goes for the back seat passengers. The “Insignia” is stable, hard on the steering wheel and, above all, safe. Only on poor asphalt, more noise from the wheelhouse is heard, especially in combination with winter tires. In city driving, a length of 4.9 meters and a turning circle of as much as 12.3 meters can pose a serious problem, especially when maneuvering for parking. Namely, the front end is low and the driver does not see it, so you have to park with the sensors. Also, pay attention to wide B pillars that reduce transparency. The average test consumption was just over six liters per 100 kilometers, so the “insignia” with a full tank and ideally could exceed 1,000 kilometers. With a little heavy foot on the foot pedal, the consumption is about eight liters.