By Declan Glynn
The Opel Insignia ‘Grand Sport’ is the replacement for Opel’s family saloon and hatchback offering, the Insignia, which – in turn – replaced the Vectra many moons ago.
The new Insignia Grand Sport is built on an all-new platform, which has allowed the car to grow substantially, leading to increased cabin space in the process.
- Trim & Engine Options
There are four specification levels to choose from in the new Insignia Grand Sport – SC, SRi, SE and Elite.
Engine choices include 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre turbo-petrol units offering 140PS and 260PS respectively.
Diesel engines consist of a 1.6-litre turbo-diesel with 110PS or 136PS, a 2.0-litre turbo diesel with 170PS, or a 2.0-litre Bi-turbo-diesel with a whopping 210PS.
Equipment is generous across the entire range with stylish alloy wheels, automatic lighting control, electric windows front & rear, keyless entry & start, LED daytime running lights, LED rear lights, air-conditioning.
Also cruise control with speed limiter, leather multi-function steering wheel, IntelliLink infotainment system with DAB/FM/AM radio with 7 speakers, 7-inch colour touchscreen, Smartphone connectivity, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, Siri/Google voice command, Bluetooth, ESP, ABS, front camera system, six airbags, ISOFIX on 3 rear seats, a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, and an alarm system all included.
All new Insignia’s feature Opel’s innovative OnStar Personal Assistance system, which gives you a direct line to a personal assistant 24/7.
My review car was an Opel Insignia Grand Sport ‘Elite’ 1.5-litre (140PS) ecoTec turbo-petrol, in Mineral Black metallic paint.
The range-topping Elite model is extremely well equipped, with standard features including 17” diamond cut alloy wheels, IntelliLux LED™ matrix headlights, auto wipers, front & rear parking sensors, rear privacy glass, front fog lights.
Also Navi Pro infotainment system (incorporating an 8” colour touchscreen with fully integrated European satellite navigation, Bluetooth™ audio streaming with mobile phone portal, USB audio connection, and seven speakers), dual-zone electronic climate control, leather seat trim, heated ergonomic front seats, and a Driving Assistance Pack.
On the road, the new Insignia Grand Sport really excels, with terrific road-holding ability, direct steering, strong brakes, and a composed ride on offer.
The smooth-revving engine in my review car produces 140PS (138bhp) and 250Nm of torque, is capable of sprinting from 0-100km/h in just 9.9 seconds, and will hit a top speed of 226km/h.
Fuel consumption as low as 6.2l/100km (45.4mpg) is possible on a combined driving cycle, while annual road tax is just €270. When tested by Euro NCAP for crash protection of occupants and pedestrians, the new Opel Insignia Grand Sport achieved the maximum score of 5 stars.
The crisp, clean lines of the new Insignia Grand Sport ensure that the car attracts positive attention from fellow motorists and pedestrians alike, while the sumptuous interior of the car will do likewise for occupants.
Ergonomic active front seats in my review car provided excellent support in crucial areas of the body, and are certified by the ‘Campaign for Healthier Backs’ (AGR), an independent centre of excellence for ergonomics.
The boot is big, square, and ultra-practical, with 490-litres of space available with the rear seats in place, or multiples times this capacity with the rear seats folded flat.
The new Opel Insignia Grand Sport oozes quality in every detail, possesses striking coupé-style contours, and is engineered by Opel to exceed expectations in every perceptible sense.
Prices start at just €28,145, with my review car specification priced from €33,540.