The Insignia is a class leader

Opel Insignia
It is down, down, down as far as the new Opel Insignia is concerned. And the downs are all positives with better fuel returns and low road tax.

It is down, down, down as far as the new Opel Insignia is concerned. And the downs are all positives with better fuel returns and low road tax.

The handsome new Insignia will be launched in Ireland on November 9 with an entry price of 24,995 euro.

The new 2-litre turbo diesel engine, which replaces the 130bhp variant, increases power output to 140bhp. At the same time the fuel consumption figure falls to 3.7l/100km. And CO2 emissions drop to 99g/km, making it the most efficient engine in its class.

The higher output 2-litre diesel engine generates 163bhp with no increase in fuel consumption or emissions.

An all-new generation 1.6 turbo 170bhp petrol engine (139g/km CO2) is added to complete the petrol line-up with the already established 1.4 turbo (140bhp) unit, which also has class-leading efficiency of 5.2 litres/100km (123g/km CO2).

Insignia has exceptionally low Cd values of below 0.25 and 0.28 for the hatchback and Sports Tourer respectively; best in class and the world.

Key to new Insignia’s ground-breaking new technology is its unique IntelliLink infotainment system. IntelliLink features two visual display screens and four modes of operation (8-inch colour touchscreen, steering wheel mounted controls, voice recognition and via the revolutionary touchpad, which supports handwriting recognition and haptic feedback).

While retaining distinctive Insignia styling cues like the ‘blade along the side doors and the muscular, coupé-like stance, new Insignia gets a lower, wider front grille, reshaped headlights and new chrome decals in the lower front bumper. Front Fog lights change from a square shape to round, projector-style units.

There are four trim levels - S, SC, SE, SRi Limited Edition and the Elite, which offers leather upholstery, electric driver’s set with memory, Xenon adoptive forward lighting with automatic headlight dipping, dual zone climate control with humidity sensor.

Insignia S has 16” alloy wheels, air con, LED daytime running lights, cruise control with speed limiter, CD MP3 7-speaker stereo with 4.2” colour screen, USB and Aux-in plugs and iPod control, leather steering, electric height adjustment and lumbar control on driver’s seat, remote central locking, electric front windows, heated door mirrors, automatic lighting control, electric parking brake with Hill Start Assist.

Prices begin at 24,995 euro for the 4-door S 1.4 S/S; and some others are S 2.0CDTi (140bhp) S/S 26,995 euro; S 2.0CDTi (130bhp) automatic 29,995 euro; SC 1.4 turbo S/S 26,795 euro; SC 2.0CDTi (140bhp) S/S 28,995 euro; SC 2.0CDTi (130bhp) automatic 31,995 euro; SC 2.0CDTi (163bhp) S/S 29,695 euro; SC 2.0CDTi (163bhp) automatic 32,695 euro; top of the range OPC 2.8i 24v V6 turbo 4x4 53,495 euro.

New Insignia 5-Door pricing +€600; Sports Tourer pricing +€1,800.