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Opel Insignia CDTI Sedan (2013)

by Barry Green,reviewed April 2013

German GM brand Opel ‘s medium segment offering in Australia is the Insignia, available in a choice of four-door sedan or five-door wagon (Sports Tourer).
There are the Insignia (base model) and Insignia Select, available in each body shape, along with 2.0-litre turbo-petrol or 2.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

With its 118kW of power, 350Nm of torque and costing $39,990, our CDTi (turbo-diesel) sedan test car shapes up well against other mid-sized Euros bearing similar power/drive trains. In typical, contemporary turbo-diesel fashion, the Insignia pulls strongly and, at the same time, delivers impressive economy.

Although our average of 7.4-litres/100 km was 1.7 outside the ADR combined figure, this was as a result of mostly stop/start city driving.

The ride – on $500 optional 18” alloys with 245/45 R18 tyres instead of the standard 225/55 R17 – is firm, but not as much as some European models, and the Opel delivers its occupants neither shaken nor stirred.

While the interior falls short of class-leading, there are no major shortcomings ergonomically or comfort wise, with plenty of manual adjustment to the front seats (six-way for the driver, two-way for passenger). Rear seat passengers are also well catered for, with the rear bench nicely-sculpted and padded, and good leg room.
Opel Insignia CDTI Sedan 2013


Standard equipment, driveability


Spacesaver spare, limited dealer network

Key features

Six-way powered driver’s seat with lumbar, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, alarm, bluetooth, cruise, front/rear park assist, CD with MP3 compatibility, USB, auxiliary input, hill start assist, front/rear fog lights, tilt/reach steering, leather


Anti-lock brakes, dual front/side/curtain airbags, electronic stability/traction control, active headrests

Car Details

Vehicle make Opel
Vehicle model Insignia CDTi Sedan
Vehicle type Medium Under $50,000
Year 2013
Price when new $39,990 MLP
Current price range $ - $
ANCAP crash rating
5 out of 5 stars

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Engine 2.0-litre, turbo-diesel 4-cyl
Max power 118kW @ 4000 rpm
Max torque 350Nm @ 1750-2500 rpm
Acceleration to 100 km/h 9.6 sec (claimed)
Economy ADR 5.7 litres/100 km
Emissions rating
3 out of 5 stars

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.