Drive Opel Insignia Select Sports Tourer Diesel Review

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While the Opel Insignia may not be familiar to Australians, its lineage is. The iteration was sold here as the Vectra before Holden the whole premium-pricing thing working, so it switched to sourcing cars from South

The car is back — in spirit, at — and now wears the badge of Motors’ European brand, The Insignia is the flagship of the Opel for now and promises mid-size space some European flair.

Price and equipment

The Insignia the bottom end of the mid-size market much of the volume is) and leaps to $38,490, plus on-road and costs, or another $2000 for the (Sports Tourer). For that you get trim, an electric park dual-zone climate-control airconditioning, control, front and rear sensors, heated front trip computer, auto and rain-sensing wipers. There’s the of two 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder with the diesel bringing a premium.

Those looking for goodies can choose the Select, also brings ventilated seats, auto high alloy pedals, satellite-navigation a colour screen, 19-inch wheels (up from 17-inch) and xenon headlights with LED running lights.

That makes the Insignia Sports Tourer diesel here a $48,990 proposition, no electric seats and no reversing Servicing is capped at $349 a for the first three years or kilometres.

Under the bonnet

The four-cylinder turbo diesel under the Insignia’s nose is a unit, pumping out a hearty of torque, or pulling power, just 1750rpm.

A gentle of the throttle elicits a meaningful surge unperturbed by hills.

far from neck-snapping in the way it builds and there’s only a modest of power on offer, but the diesel feels solid and hearty in its rev range.

It can be gruff and vocal, with an unflattering drone. also a noticeable vibration at

Thankfully, the six-speed auto is to deceive, which makes up for its of a Sport mode; those it to hold a gear longer to take over manually the sequential shifter. Fuel use is at 6.0 litres per 100 kilometres (5.7L/100km for the and we found it used a still 8.8L/100km during 350 kilometres of suburban driving. Unlike rivals, though, there’s no stop-start to shut off the engine in

How it drives

The Insignia is more enjoying the drive than occupants. Large 19-inch slinked in low-profile rubber on the aren’t conducive to comfort, and it take an especially poor to show up its shortcomings. At lower in particular, the Insignia patters one bump to the next.

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The body feels solid and the imperfections well, but it jiggles more than some may

Conversely, the Insignia is pretty at disposing of larger bumps and to feel more compliant and at higher speeds.

Points are up when you launch the Insignia at a The larger hoops hang on and the Insignia is more capable its wagon body may suggest. is well weighted and the suspension flat through curves.

and practicality

It may be long on the outside the Insignia wagon outstretches a wagon, albeit by only millimetres — but that translate to interior acreage.

The rear seats offer legroom for a mid-sizer, but don’t large cars for sprawling Headroom in the rear of the wagon is and noticeably better than in the sedan. At least the rear is elegant, with air vents, pockets and metal-look finishes to it up.

There’s a claimed 500 litres of space made more with split-folding seats, but the opening makes the space useful for bulky items.

of bulky, the tailgate is unnecessarily although it is automatically sucked if you don’t shut it hard

Up front, there’s also no of bling thanks to a mix of shiny finishes and matte silver. And in the of the shiny fake chrome the gear selector, it can reflect on a sunny day.

Combined with the busy that aren’t always it’s not as inviting as it could be. at least a secondary set of buttons a main controller that quick selects to various

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