Which of these three european saloons delivers the most ideal blend of pace and space for the exec in a hurry?
THESE three executive saloons are very close in terms of performance. Each one is front-wheel-drive, has a turbocharged engine and a 6-speed automatic gearbox. But performance aside, execs in a hurry also want a saloon that’s roomy and practical. Sure to grab the attention of keen drivers is the updated Opel Insignia and its muscular powertrain. But this car also aims to impress with its enhanced cabin, which is more upmarket than before.
Also looking fresher is the facelifted Peugeot 508. The nip-and-tuck exercise keeps this French number looking sharp, while the slight bump in power should improve its driveability, too. Facing off against the 508 and Insignia is the Ford Mondeo, which we tested in fastback form. Although the Mondeo is underrated in Singapore, it remains a strong contender, having been voted “Best Category B Saloon” at the 2015 ST-Torque Awards. Which of these saloons will prove the most compelling to executives in a perpetual rush? Continue reading to find out.
When it comes to agility, it’s the Opel Insignia with its precise helm and well-sorted chassis that leads this pack. The automobile’s biggest bugbear is its relaxed performance despite its muscular powertrain. However, the Insignia’s keen pricing (at press time, it costs $11.1k and $8.1k less than the 508 and Mondeo respectively) should still make it irresistible to execs. For keen drivers, the Peugeot 508 makes an even better case with its zippiness and power-toweight ratio, which is the best of the trio. This Pug also boasts the most spacious backseat. Its only real drawbacks are its irregularly shaped boot and relatively unsupportive front seats
KEYS (From left) Lock/unlock buttons on the switchblade-type Insignia key are the hardest to press, the Mondeo’s fob is the slimmest and most pocket-friendly, while the 508’s device feels the most solid.
The Ford Mondeo has the fewest ponies and is less agile than its two rivals, but it claws back points with its generous practicality, smooth powertrain and good infotainment. In this story, the Mondeo is the sporty executive option off ering the most ideal blend of pace and space.