Opel’s new turbocharged 1.6-litre Insignia is a stellar all-rounder that’s designed to impress and built to fulfil every driver’s needs.
Buying a car can be a tricky process – especially when it involves balancing a variety of practical needs with individual wants. The considerations will likely revolve around the size of the car, and its appearance, performance and features that make travelling more comfortable and convenient.
Understanding this, Opel’s latest iteration of its flagship model, the Insignia, has been designed and built to appeal. The car’s not only handsome, but decked with features that will appeal to the senses, especially in this latest 1.6-litre turbocharged offering.
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The moment you set eyes on it, you’ll immediately notice a distinctive gaze that’s framed by a more defined front grille, accentuated by chrome elements.
With Opel’s signature winged daytime running lights and headlamps, the car oozes panache that extends throughout, giving it a bold stance that’s at once classy and debonair.
On the inside, it’s similarly styled with the same sweeping form – the wing shapes sweep through from the door panels to the dashboard. For the driver and occupants, the sleekness of the layout, and sturdy fit and finish of the cabin feel intimate and safe. Easing into the plush premium leather seats makes the whole experience that much more sublime.
Complementing the use of quality leather that provides both driver and passengers with a comfortable ride throughout, Opel’s engineers have equipped the Insignia with fully orthopaedic ergonomic sports seats that can be adjusted in no less than eight ways, with four-way pneumatic lumbar support to suit the driver’s posture. Approved and recommended by German medical association Aktion Gesunder Rücken e.V., these seats even feature luxury amenities such as ventilation for those really hot days.
Specifically for the driver, a host of convenience features has been included to make driving a lot easier. Keyless entry makes getting into the car a real breeze, while the engine start/stop button lets drivers start up and move off with ease.
Similarly, the electric parking brake makes the experience of handling the car that much more effortless, even when moving off from an incline, thanks to its Hill Start Assist and Hill Hold functions.
Making things even simpler on the go for the driver, the steering wheel has intuitively positioned controls for controlling the Insignia’s Human Machine Interface (HMI) infotainment system. Complementing the central touchscreen console, the Insignia’s Driver Information Centre on the dashboard makes driving data and assistance features such as Adaptive Cruise Control so accessible that you won’t have to risk looking away from the road.
At the heart of the new Insignia is a new-generation, clean Euro-6- compliant 1.6-litre Turbo ECOTEC Direct Injection engine that delivers slick yet frugal driving.
Coupled with its six-speed automatic gearboxes with ActiveSelect, this automobile’s petrol engine offers a fuel return of just 6.6L per 100km and CO2 emissions of only 155g/km. With the 1.6 CDTi Whisper Diesel variant, it boasts a return of 5L per 100km with even lower CO2 emissions at 132g/km.
For a car that packs in so much oomph in a form that will surely turn heads wherever you go, the Insignia has certainly checked off the key considerations every car buyer has. After all, this is German engineering at its very best.
German engineering helps the opel insignia address car owners’ concerns in terms of comfort and convenience.