Opel Insignia 1.5 Turbo: First test, data, prices, market launch

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Opel Insignia 1.5 Turbo: First test, data, prices, market launch-test

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New model: Opel Insignia 2017

  • Site editor Sebastian Viehmann (Russelsheim)

How to proceed with Opel under Peugeot-Citroën remains an exciting question. First of all, one of the last children of the General Motors marriage comes onto the street. Site felt the new Insignia on the tooth.

One can really do without one thing in this Opel: the name additive "Grand Sport". Not because the car would not be big or unsportsmanlike – more about that right away. But because the addition that is very much to the earlier ones "Gran Sport"-Models by the US manufacturer Buick is reminiscent of unnecessary pseudo-anglicism. The Insignia is one of the last children of the divorced Opel General Motorshe.But in the course of the realignment of the group under French leadership, you can free yourself from superfluous ballast.

The new Opel: big, chic – and otherwise?

Visually, the new Insignia has won in any case compared to the predecessor. He reminds a little of the Chevrolet Malibu (which, contrary to some rumors, is not an U.S. clone of the Insignia), but the elegant body with the gently sloping roof line should also hit the European taste.

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Opel Opel Insignia 2017

The Insignia Grand Sport is 4.9 meters long, as long as a Skoda Superb. The lavish dimensions leave enough living space in the back seat, whereby the freedom of the kief is slightly larger than the headroom. The seats (at an additional cost) can also be heated in the rear.

So much luggage fits in the Insignia

The trunk holds 490 liters, 1450 liters (Sports Tourer: 560-1650 liters) for reversed rear seats). For comparison: The VW Passat swallows a maximum of 1152 liters (Variant 1780 liters), the Ford Mondeo 1446 liters (Mondeo tournament 1630 liters) and the Skoda Superb 1760 liters (Superb Combi 1950 liter)). The back seat of the Insignia sedan can be divided and then creates a – not quite flat – loading area. But there is only a tiny level, so that luggage can be easily pushed forward.

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Cattle man The trunk of the Insignia Grand Sport (limousine) when seated rear seats

What annoys something is the tailgate. There is no handle for opening. You have to press the Opel logo-then the hood lifts a piece-and then with your hand under the narrow sheet of the heavy flap upgrade upwards. When closing, small people are likely to have problems because the handle is so far from the ground due to the high -protruding flap.

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There is no electric tailgate for the sedan. Too bad-because for the combination version Sports Tourer you get such an electric comfort flap, even with a clever sensor control: An LED under the bumper projects a trunk symbol onto the floor, in the area of which you can then use the automatic opening starts. So far, only Opel has come to this simple trick, although numerous car brands from Ford to VW to BMW have sensor rear flaps.

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Cattle man Cockpit of the Opel Insignia Grand Sport

Feel-good cockpit and comfortable seats

In the cockpit, Insignia chief developer Andreas Zipser raves about the perfect seating position. In fact, the cockpit like a cocoon and the interior has gained compared to the predecessor model of chic and quality impression: less gray plastic, more chrome border around the switches, a clear center console.

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Under the infotainment display integrated exactly in the direction of view and glare-free in the Armatruenbrett, there are a few quick access keys. "You just need a few more switches, at least the menu button and a back button", says chief developer Zipser. The infotainment system itself is known from the new Astra (see video).The instrument board is somewhat dreary compared to the competition. Everything is easy to read, but there is VW Passat and Co. meanwhile at least optionally lush digital fittings. In the Opel you still have classic watches-including actually a voltmeter-and only a central on-board computer screen.

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Head-up display-a real one

The head-up display (995 euros surcharge) is optimal for this, which reflects information such as speed limit, traffic signs and navigation instructions in the disc. Fortunately, Opel has not chosen the savings solution that is now common in many manufacturers, in which the display is only mirrored on a small plastic disk behind the steering wheel.

Assistance systems in the Insignia

In the assistance systems, Opel has largely opened up to the competition – but nothing more. Among other things, they are available:

  • Park assistant with a 360 degree camera and warning of longitudinal and cross traffic (if you drive backwards and approach a car, there is a warning tone)
  • Traffic sign recognition and head-up display (995 euros surcharge)
  • Distance control with automatic emergency braking and distance warning (600 euros)
  • Matrix LED headlights with cornering light and automatic dimming function (1590 euros)

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Opel Opel Insignia 2017

So far, there are no functions of the guided driving – such as the new 5 Series BMW – at Opel. Chief developer Andreas Zipser at least promises other functions, for example an automatic speed adjustment, in which the information of the front camera is adopted from the distance control. This is already available at Ford, Mercedes or BMW.

This is how the new Opel drives

In the middle class you need a long -distance car – and that is quite successful. The chassis is a bit tighter than with the predecessor, but skillfully ironed bumps and smoothly from the beams without noise. The steering is not spongy despite its smoothness, the noise level in the car is pleasantly low. The car hardly wanks in curves. Overall, the Opel drives very quickly and pleasant for such a large car.

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During the first test drives, the 165 hp petrol engine was under the hood. So that it goes ahead quickly, the 1.5-liter turbo petrol engine has to be done properly. Where there are clear drive influences in the steering. The 6-speed manual circuit is well coordinated, so that you can also slide through traffic in the city without much switchery. On the highway, the engine is convincing with a good suit and a moderate noise level even at high speed.

How does the diesel drive continue?

If you want more power, you get it in the (slightly revised) 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engine with 260 hp. This is also the only engine that is linked to all -wheel drive. Opel should still add more, especially with diesel.

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Opel Opel Insignia 2017

For its future it is not entirely rosy. “Of course, the topic plays a role in future model planning", says chief developer Zipser. You won’t do without the diesel. But exhaust gas aftertreatment becomes more expensive. From 2018, all Opel diesel, including the smaller units, will be equipped with SCR systems (AdBlue injection for reducing nitrogen oxides).

All insignia variants at a glance

The following versions are initially available at the market start (surcharge for the Sports Tourer 1000 euros each):

  • Petrol: 1.5-liter turbo gasoline engine with 103 kW / 140 hp (from 25.590 euros) or 122 kW / 165 hp (from 29.695 euros); 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engine with 191 kW / 260 hp and all-wheel drive (from 41.500 euro); 6-speed circuit (165 hp version optional with 6-speed automatic, 260 hp version with 8-speed automatic)
  • Diesel: 1.6-liter turbodiesel with 81 kW / 110 hp (from 27.625 euros) or 100 kW / 136 hp (from 28.375 euros); 2.0-liter turbodiesel with 125 kW / 170 hp (from 29.865 euros); 6-speed circuit (136-hp diesel optional with 6-speed automatic)

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Prices and residual value forecast

The Insignia Grand Sport starts at 25.590 euros for the 140 PS petrol engine. As standard on board (Basic equipment Selection) include LED daytime running lights, emergency brake and lane keeping assistant, power steering, electric window lifts and exterior mirrors (heated), cruise control, luggage compartment cover, air conditioning, central locking, automatic start-stop as well as radio with USB connection and Bluetooth intercom.

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Computer drawing: Reichel Car Design The new Opel Insignia OPC should get 350 hp

The residual value experts from Bahr & Fess Forecasts give the Insignia a good forecast: "Everything looks high quality, the engines are at the level of time and with a little will and small change, the large Opel can be equipped like a premium sedan." Despite the current diesel topic, the experts set the residual value of the diesel version a little higher.

What’s next at the Insignia?

Hybrid variants of the Insignia are not yet planned. In the future, they should be developed together with the new landlord, the PSA group. Their previous solution – a complex diesel hybrid with a rather poor all -wheel drive – was anything but convincing. It remains open after the PSA takeover whether there will also be an Insignia OPC. It should get around 350 hp and should already be developed, but only plays a niche role.

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Type Opel Insignia Grand Sport 1.5 turbo
engine Four-cylinder turbo gasoline engineer
Displacement (cm3) 1490
Performance in PS (KW) at U/Min-1 165 (121) at
Max. Torque (nm) at UMin-1 250 Nm at 2000 rpm
Maximum-
Speed (km/h)
225
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (sec.))) 8.9
transmission 6-speed manual circuit, optional 6-speed automatic
drive Front -wheel drive
Fuel great
Consumption EU third mix (L/100 km) 5.7
CO2 emissions (g/km) 130
Length (mm) 4897
width (mm) 1863
Height (mm) 1455
Weight, manufacturer-
Specification (KG)
1487
Max. Payload (kg) 593
Price (euro) 30.695.00 €
Exhaust gas standard Euro 6
Serial equipment: Basic equipment Selection: U.A. LED daytime running lights, emergency brake and lane keeping assistant, power steering, electrical window lifts and exterior mirrors (heated), cruise control, luggage compartment cover, air conditioning, central locking, automatic start-stop as well as radio with USB connection and Bluetooth hands-free system; Dynamic additional u.A. Navigation system, ergonomics seat, leather steering wheel, fog lights, ambience lighting, onstar services, thermal insulation glazing; Innovation also u.A. Matrix LED headlights, parking pilot, 2-zone automatic climate control

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13 thoughts on “Opel Insignia 1.5 Turbo: First test, data, prices, market launch”

  1. 130 g CO2
    For a new car that with a 1.5 l Motorchen 130 g of CO2, you don’t need any … 30 TSD. spend. It is already clear to me that if you fill in petrol in front, something has to come out in the back. As always, the demands of politics are not logical. You can also prohibit driving, then there is no exhaust gases and no accidental deaths.

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  2. Engine
    1.5 liter engine for such a chunk. But then it is surprising that it always runs on the stop and limit values are only met when idle.

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  3. Grand Sport 1.5
    The 1.5 now stand for the performance of the starter in KW or, but please do not for the displacement ? What shoud that ? If I have one "Grand Sport" Buy, then the at least 2.8 LTR displacement, 380 hp and all -wheel drive. If I am before the non -course then 500 hp. Ever from the new 911 1.2 RSR heard ? Me neither…..

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  4. You have to be at
    Opel watch the processing, there are many little things wherever savings are made. Opel always had good engines, but the cars always burst in front of cheap plastic. The car is a copy from the Passat, nicely rebuilt. No ideas of your own? But well that many cheap manufacturers abroad do that too. Opel hasn’t had good ideas since the manta. The sales figures speak for themselves. That’s why they are probably where they are now. Too bad, for such a traditional company.

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  5. You realize
    in your explanations that you have never sat in an Opel for the past 20 years.Probably only sitting in the Golf.And because it is the best -selling car in this country, it is of course also the best car, or?BTW.: The beetle was also the best -selling car at the time.So this technology carrier was probably the best of its time…

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  6. option
    Too bad, the Insignia would be really an option for me in summer. But it would need a larger diesel, a 4-cylinder bi-turbo would be enough. If Opel wants to poach in the company car segment, a big diesel is essential. The Passat has him …

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  7. Opel Insignia
    Well, to want to compete with a VW Passat, the new Opel Insignia should also find it difficult. Because you will always recognize a passat as a passat, whether Opel will ever be able to achieve this unique selling point?

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  8. You can see very well where Opel has copied!!!
    The rear was taken over 1: 1 by the Passat CC, in China it would be called a plagiarism. Unfortunately, the quality of the car is certainly not at the level of the betters against MAN "stink" would like to. You buy an Opel because of the price and not because of quality and status. No wonder the Opel is not on their own feet with a 30% discount for corporate customers….

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  9. Yes, the engines are robust
    You can’t say anything about it (I have already had 3 insignia) but a car consists of more than the engine. And with Adblue BE……St Opel just like all other manufacturers, filling intervals every 11-17000km. There are discounts of up to 20%for the other manufacturers, that is the difference that explains the quanta numbers at Opel….The cars are pressed into the market via the price!

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  10. Too bad for every newly developed car…
    … Since it will probably be staged by the Greens in the next 3 years and will be affected by the EU.

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  11. Well finally it is so far…
    Welcome Opel in modernity. You can see for the first time in an Opel and have a grin on your face. A nice modern steering wheel. A chic ambulance board. Why did it take so long dear Opel Opel Stylists? Bravo, so Opel manages to become a really German car again without PSA… applause applause

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  12. Successful vehicle
    Very successful vehicle. I am not aware that Peugeot has almost such a car in its program. To howl the Opel, a traditional German company, to which the French was sold.

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  13. Howl
    They not yet.It is a bit sad that Opel goes to Peugeot.However, there are more opportunities than in the further remaining at GM.The Americans were always a brake block for Opel.See only the completely incomprehensible sales policy of GM.

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