2014 Opel Insignia | new car review

Posted on May 29, 2014 by
2014 Opel Insignia
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  • Rated 4.5 stars
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AEDAED 120,000 - 180,000
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  • Last modified: December 10, 2014
  • Exterior
    Editor: 80%
  • Interior
    Editor: 70%
  • Quality
    Editor: 70%
  • Features
    Editor: 70%
  • Performance
    Editor: 90%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 80%

Review Summary:

The is a large family car that faces competition from Japanese rivals such as the Toyota Camry and Mazda6; while its name may be inspired by the Latin word insigne, which translates into coat of arms, let’s see if this German offering has what it takes to beat the Japs!

Pros

It trumps its rivals on all possible counts, until the price comes into the picture.

Cons

Exterior styling is brash and aggressive, which could turn potential buyers of this segment away.

Looks

While the 2014 Opel Insignia Notchback and Sports Tourer share a fair amount of design cues, the OPC variants of both shed their sophisticated image for one of raw brute and power, with a large mesh grille, blacked out tail lamps and prominent exhaust outlets in its rear bumper. For younger audiences, the aggressive and borderline seductive styling of the Insiginia is definitely a lot more appealing, than that of the Toyota Camry or Mazda6.

2014 Opel Insignia front

Feels

Inside, it’s a union of two-tone leather, aluminium pedals, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and bits of silver and black trim, that not only make the cabin pleasant to look at, but pleasant to be in as well. While it may not be as tidy as that of the Mazda6, there’s no denying it’s heaps better than the plastic-laden dash found in the Camry. In terms of practicality, the German Insignia offers seating capacity for five and an impressive 540 litres of boot space to accompany.

2014 Opel Insignia interior

Engineering

Equipped with a Drive Mode selector, aptly named FlexRide, the 2014 Opel Insignia provides three different driving modes; Sport, Tour and Normal. While normal is the default mode, Sport stiffens the suspension for a more exciting ride, while Tour alters settings to soak up bumps and make the Insignia the ideal highway cruiser.

2014 Opel Insignia rear

On offer

While the turbocharged 2.0 litre 4-cylinder unit found in the Notchback and Sports Tourer pumps out 217 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque, the OPC variant ups the ante to a dizzying 320 horsepower and 435 Nm of torque. Mated to a six speed transmission, the twin-scroll turbocharged 2.8 litre V6 found in the OPC sends power to all four wheels and destroys a 0 – 100 km/h sprint in just 6.3 seconds.

2014 Opel Insignia front side

Verdict

When lined up against its rivals, the 2014 Opel Insignia is faster, prettier and simply better. But for all the power and tech it packs in, it costs a surprising AED 45,000 more than the Mazda6 and AED 33,000 more than the Toyota Camry. At the end of the day, it simply boils down to whether you’re willing to settle down with a Mazda and save some cash, or spend more on a car that is superior on all counts. The choice is yours…

2014 Opel Insignia side

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