Opel Insignia’s Sports Tourer is placed nicely against the Volkswagen Passat Wagon, BMW 3 Series and 5 Series Touring and Volvo equivalents. The nice European lines and long-legged performance make it a wonderful Sports Wagon to tour the perimeter of Australia.
A nice way of summing up Opel’s new Insignia Sports Tourer is that the blend of spacious elegance, refined comfort, great handling and responsive engines capture your heart from the moment you slip back into the driver’s seat. A lot of effort has gone into the design, and it’s evident in the way the car feels right – from the word go.
A lot of what makes a car feel right is in the work of the interior. The truth is that this is where you spend most of your time between destinations, so if the design team can get this bit sorted properly, then they are well on the way to impressing a potential new owner. When you enter the cabin of the Opel Insignia Sports Tourer, a classy blend of curvy shapes and quality materials greets you. Instantly, the seats accommodate your body shape well, and Opel’s design team have ensured that the very best front sets are made available in Sports Tourer models. Seat comfort is so important, and with the new Opel Insignia Sports Tourer lengthy travel is easy. Available with fully orthopaedic ergonomic sports seats that adjust eight ways and modify a four-way pneumatic lumbar support, the lengthy periods that you may spend in the Insignia Sports Tourer are comfortable without doubt. An adjustable seat cushion extension for front seat occupants delivers very good leg support, while the premium perforated leather seats with heating and ventilation bring the Opel Insignia Sports Tourer right into the top luxury car class.
Being a Tourer from the outset, Opel have created the Insignia wagon with plenty of space. I like the clever luggage compartments right around the cabin, and there is even a large storage compartment inside the centre rear seat armrest. Cup-holders are provided for all occupants, and a roomy 500 litres of luggage space with the rear seats up is a handy space for putting tall suit cases, chilly bins or sports and hobby gear.
Usually, if you are a buyer looking at a wagon version, you understand that wagons are just so much more practical on a day-to-day basis. The deep-opening rear tailgate and low load height means that the Opel Insignia Sports Tourer is very easy to load. If you need to place a longer item inside, then the 60:40 split rear seats fold down to expand your luggage space. Fold all of the rear seats flat, and the luggage space is an impressive 1530 litres, which is why this is a fabulous wagon for Touring with one other person or as a family of five.
Comfort is enhanced when cabin temperature is held in a constant comfort zone. All occupants can enjoy the dual-zone climate control air-conditioning system, which even boasts a humidity leveller. The Opel Insignia Sports Tourer also comes standard with a high output CD400 audio system with a CD player, an AM/FM tuner and MP3 compatibility. For those who opt for the Opel Insignia Select Sports Tourer, a Navi900 premium audio system with a CD player, satellite navigation, an AM/FM tuner, MP3 compatibility and an SD card reader comes as a standard package. Long drives usually need a bit of music – at least me and my wife reckon that it always seems to help long trips pass a whole lot quicker for the kids when we can pump out their favourite music tracks.
As the driver of the Opel Insignia Sports Tourer wagon, you will delight yourself with either of the two engines that are offered. Both have plenty of power for plenty of fun, and they both are a satisfying drive. If you are really picky, then you would have to say that the 2.0-litre VVT Turbo petrol engine does cover the ground very quickly, particularly when you allow the engine revs to climb. The other engine is the swift 2.0-litre CDTi Turbo Diesel, and for those who need a wagon that carries the kids and the gear to the holiday park, this might be the better option. Power in the petrol engine is aplenty, but where the CDTi shines is the ease with which it can keep the speed up in any gear and at any engine speed. The other asset that the Insignia Sports Tourer CDTi has is that it has exceptional fuel economy. A combined fuel economy figure of just 6 litres/100 km cannot be sneezed at.
With a new Opel Insignia Sports Tourer, the ride and dynamics are first class. This is one of the better medium-sized handling wagons on the market. Power can be severely applied via a highly competent six-speed automatic transmission. With ActiveSelect for sequential shifting, you are always going to enjoy the Opel Insignia Sports Tourer on the back roads. Just watch your speed though, as this wagon travels deceptively quickly.
Opel Insignia Sports Tourer wagons offer superior safety levels. Five-star safety ratings come with any of the Opel models, and you can rest assured that the best safety features will help to protect you and your loved ones in the event of an accident.
The smooth styling of the roomy Opel Insignia Sports Tourer looks great, and I love the way Opel have used plenty of exterior chrome. Some of the nicest rims around are displayed on the Insignia Select models. You’ll be impressed with the complete touring package that the Insignia wagons provide.
The Opel Insignia Sports Tourer models include the:
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