Opel Insignia, Analysis
Who else who least knows the Opel Insignia and the qualities it presents. However, as is the scenario of hydrocarbons in Spain, the question of diesel or gasoline? It takes more and more prominence. With the Insignia 1.5 Turbo things are much easier.
Things are as they are. In a few years, everything that is happening right now will be past water, but the changes generate confusion and more if they are done too quickly and with scant head. We are at that moment where the purchase of a car has become an immense sea of doubts; Gasoline, diesel, hybrid, plug-in hybrid or electric? In this test of the Opel Insignia Grand Sport 1.5 Turbo, from now on Insignia to dry, we will try to give value to the gasoline engines, an extremely attractive alternative.
Ignorance can cost dearly, both for oneself and for others. Our beloved politicians have been following the path of populism for some time, warning about the change in the concept of mobility. But with just four words, the Minister of Ecological Transition, go with the name, it has broken the schemes of new buyers and those who recently acquired a new car.
Such words, already famous, were: “It has the days counted”. This Statement as harmful as unreal in relation to diesel engines has been the straw that fills the glass. The diesel is not dead, ladies and gentlemen, but politicians, guided by their vast ignorance, want to end it. Weeks after enunciating those four words there has been a decree law by which the diesel fuel is going to raise its price per liter, equating to that of gasoline. We will have the pride of being able to say that we are one of the few countries in Europe where gasoline and diesel have the same price.
Before the formula was very simple, I do many kilometers a year, it pays me to spend that extra money for a diesel vehicle but I will recover it little by little by spending less for the gas station and paying less for my fuel. For years that formula is the only one that has been valid, and it has served so much that even now, in the era of change and revolution, diesel still represents 70% of our fleet, I repeat 70%.
That high percentage of drivers will pay for the broken plates of precipitation, of the “short-termism” so famous that our politicians’ wave. Because not only have they spent more at the time of buying the car but now they can not just take advantage of it when going to the gas station will pay the same. The only satisfaction they have is that their vehicles spend less, but be careful because in this last aspect the gasoline blocks have managed to reduce the gap to unsuspected limits.
Surely many criticize us because now we move to gasoline instead of defending diesel as we did so far. Not so, diesel always had its meaning, as I mentioned earlier, but not so much anymore. Our job is not only to analyze each car we test but also to advise the most advisable. Diesel will never die because it will remain the most recommended option for large vehicles, such as oversized SUVs. But for more ordinary cars the bet has changed, and cars like the Insignia 1.5 Turbo make it very clear.
The new Opel Insignia is on track to take two years in the market. In this time we have been able to test it in several versions, including the Opel Insignia GSi range top, which we presented to you on video a few months ago. That means that in terms of design, interior, equipment space, we are facing the same car, but it never hurts to review.
Aesthetically speaking Opel has managed to create a very attractive saloon, with a fantastic line and a good touch of elegance. Of course, along the way the Insignia has grown a few inches reaching the negligible figure of 4.9 meters. This, in turn, allows it to offer a very large interior space, both in terms of the occupants of the rear seats and volume of a trunk, which is able to offer a minimum of 490 liters and a maximum of 1,450 liters if we knocked down the second row of seats. If we want more space we have the option of the Opel Insignia Sports Tourer, which raises those levels considerably.
Opel, like the other manufacturers in the market, has been increasing the quality of its interiors, so much so that the German manufacturer, now under the tutelage of the PSA Group, has managed to become one of the best generalist brands in the market. The materials and the adjustments are more than correct, and there is nothing negative to emphasize at that point. Nor regarding the equipment, where no element is missing, neither in the security section nor in the infotainment/connectivity section and it is a car of its time and that means that it includes all the technology that is expected.
Although the design is the main reason for buying a car, the second is the price. Opel has designed an extremely attractive price range for a car of this size and quality. The range of the Opel Insignia starts at 28,900 euros, for this version 1.5 Turbo with the selective finish, the lowest of all. Although that price is very juicy, for just 10% more we reach the Excellence level, which for me is the most recommended because of its good price/product ratio. Obviously above we find more levels than what they do is improve a load of equipment and the quality of the upholstery.
Diesel Is No Longer Valid For Most Drivers. Your Purchase Is More Expensive And The Price Of Fuel Will Rise A Lot In The Coming Months
But let’s go to the main focus of this test, the engine. The Insignia’s mechanical range consists of two gasoline engines and another diesel engine. Each of these engines is capable of offering several powers; such is the case of the variant 1.5 Turbo that offers two powers: 140 and 165 horses. In the case of the test unit, we had the most powerful option, which was associated with a six-speed manual transmission.
Test Opel Insignia 1.5 Turbo
Some insurance is already thinking that way to buy gasoline when hybrids and electric are postulated as the most logical option in the long term. Well, you have to understand that not everyone lives in big cities like New York and Queens. That first thing, the second is that not everyone has access to a plug where recharge the fascinating electric or pure electric hybrids, so this option is not valid for everyone. Without forgetting that the hybrids where they really bring out all their qualities are urban environments
So this is a fairly general case. A buyer who does not do many kilometers a year, does not live in a large urban environment where it can be limited by anti-pollution protocols, or at least not affected in an ordinary way, and that wants a car with which it can move economically without be worried or dependent on a plug, a charging point or a limited range.
We are talking about a gasoline engine of 1490 cubic centimeters turbocharged that is capable of generating 165 horsepower at 4,500 revolutions and a maximum torque of 250 Nm that is available between 2,000 and 4,500 revolutions. Regarding its consumption data, Opel announces an approved average figure of 6.0 liters per 100 kilometers traveled. That is only half a liter more than the corresponding diesel variant. I mean, practically nothing.
Being a gasoline engine offers much more acoustic refinement. The engine is barely noticeable at almost any moment, and at idle costs, it knows if it is running or is off. The Insignia 1.5 Turbo has the words refinement, softness and comfort etched into its DNA. The engine, along with the rest of the set-up, offers us a car with which we can roll and roll without flinching, Not only is silence offered in the passenger compartment but also rolling quality, with a suspension that perfectly filters the irregularities of the road, preventing occupants from noticing them.
We must bear this in mind because although it is a tremendously comfortable car, it is a car that hardly transmits sensations when driving. It is a sober car for a sober and quiet driving. The set-up does not transmit much once we raise the pace and we enter a twisted terrain. The direction is very smooth, so much that the lack of information to the driver is quite pronounced. The suspension, on the other hand, is soft, so the step on the curve is not very effective, although yes, the chassis is very well adjusted and despite being such a long car is certainly agile.
Although these words have already won the disapproval of more than one, I highlight them as something that does not convince me. But at the end of the day, I understand the meaning they have with respect to the rest of the car since the one who buys this saloon of 4.9 meters does not seek to get into complicated roads and step on the bottom. An Insignia with this configuration is designed to be a born wheeler, unfolding perfectly in open spaces and easy roads, where not many saloons will present opposition. Not at least in this price range.
The engine adds to that relaxed driving. The delivery of the 165 horses is very linear, very progressive. The gearbox, the staggering, is excessively open, designed to lower consumption noticeably. Usually force the engine to work below its optimum range, where we hardly find torque. This makes the recoveries are, as I said, very progressive and linear. It takes your time to go.
This forces us that in certain situations we have to play with the gearbox, reducing the necessary gears until we find the correct gear and the optimum thrust. Good thing it’s not a heavy car, barely 1,440 kilograms on the scale. The transmission on its part, in addition to having a very long gear ratio, presents a very good touch, with short and precise transitions. As I say, the only one that I put is that it does not bring out the 163 horsepower that the engine is capable of giving.
But everything is designed for one thing: save. As I have already mentioned, Opel announces an average consumption of 6.0 liters per 100 kilometers traveled. In our test after traveling almost 1,000 kilometers in all kinds of environments, including the uncomfortable streets of Washington capital, the onboard computer gave off an average consumption of 7.2 liters. A fact that is not as bad as you might think, in fact, I think it is exceptional considering that we have a 163 horsepower petrol engine and a 4.9-meter saloon.
All tests were conducted under normal driving conditions with speeds according to legal standards. This means that if we try to lower consumption with a more predictive and efficient driving can be achieved very easily. In fact on highways, at sustainable speeds, consumption is closer to six liters peeled than the seven. Obviously, when we enter a city like Queens, with the usual traffic jams, spending begins to grow, reaching the aforementioned average.