Test: Opel Insignia 2.0 CDTi 4x4 Biturbo

Test: Opel Insignia 2.0 CDTi 4×4 Biturbo

After the OPC petrol, turn on the Insignia Diesel sports. One, two, one, two … Ya huffs and puffs in the twin-turbo Opel, and does so with a firm step but, at the same time serene. 195 hp, lowered chassis and all-wheel drive in tow, the new Opel Insignia Biturbo wins in practice more pleased that explosiveness and accuracy.

Opel Insignia 2.0 CDTi 4x4 Biturbo

Opel Insignia 2.0 CDTi 4x4 Biturbo

Opel Insignia 2.0 CDTi 4x4 Biturbo

Opel Insignia 2.0 CDTi 4x4 Biturbo

Leaving aside marketing actions, Border mechanical performance today does not seem too light. While some go, others come back. ¿Two turbos better one mid-displacement engine and up to 200 hp? Renault engineers have told us long ago, with a single turbo, can be supported with good response to 100 hp per liter displacement. And so, for example, it has also understood PSA, which block 2.2 HDi He has removed a turbo up, while, from 173 to 200 hp. In practice, less complexity and risk of breakdown, and better performance.

Example is also the BMW 320d excelso mono-turbo with 184 hp, although luxury brands such as BMW or even Mercedes itself, continue betting over these middle powers to mechanical 4-cylinder biturbo to justify an exclusivity plus. And there, perhaps, you want to go today Opel, ensuring that “after focusing on adding efficiency, When he arrived in the Insignia to add premium qualities and more technology“.

as well Mazda, which already bet on a 2.2D 175 hp, with a similar twin-turbo Opel and high performance … but, yes, for models newly developed only by a Skyactiv package measures that bring more lightness, less friction and components adapted. What makes change Opel today is basically modify its 2.0 CDTi 160 hp (First it was only 110 hp, and then also 130) and shorten almost 10 percent developments exchange for greater response. ¿Cunde enough? We started to check

Properly progress

Test: Opel Insignia 2.0 CDTi 4x4 BiturboIf you wait to start this new Opel Insignia nerve rigged sports aura of this biturbo version (even speculated Opel put the GSi stands, then discarded), will surprise you. Surpassed a first initial “chatter” vibration up to 1,250 rpm (2,0 TDi VW group is there finer) Thrust is good. Suffice first small turbo work up to 1,500 rpm, Y from then until 2500 the blowing assembly of the two turbos, to move fast to this Opel Insignia. Yes, always with all progressive and imperceptible steps of a turbo to another, except between 2,500-3,000 rpm, when the transition from exclusive way to large turbo generates a weaker response.

An example of softness thus offers the new Opel Insignia, without the usual “lag” (Late entry turbo) Diesel engines Opel. Out there, and clearly we believe that this Biturbo compensates that with a tight developments change, greatly improves your liking regarding Opel Insignia 2.0 CDTI 160 hp. However, as exceptionally linear delivery is not just impress then turns up.

Do not expect a Diesel Opel Insignia OPC. Yes, however, very fast, smooth and very dynamic a saloon.

Because there is no doubt that fast is the new Opel Insignia Biturbo but also not be too explosive, They do not seem to spread it all its nearly 200 hp Diesel. They are starting sensations, but chrono in hand, something there too. Look at the scale and see that weighs 1,850 kg, practically as a bulky SUV Q5. Of course, the Opel Insignia was never a featherweight but with all the 4×4 transmission, a figure today htill 140 kg more weight than their rivals Citroen C5 2.2 HDi Ford Mondeo 2.2 TDCi or (200 hp), and up to 250 kg over more “small” Honda Accord 2.2 i-DTEC 180 hp or VW Passat TDI 2.0 / 170.

That, therefore, is the explanation why this new Opel Insignia does not take real advantage its exclusive biturbo engine against its mono-turbo rivals, aware or faster end and lower consumption than him. At that point, question therefore obliged. Besides adding liking, Does it improve the performance Opel Insignia Biturbo Insignia 2.0 CDTi the same mono-turbo 160 hp? Well, compared to the front-drive version we have only tested and weighing almost 150 kg less, the new Biturbo accelerates worse, gets and spends almost equal to 0.5 l / 100 km. There does not seem to compensate for this version, since It costs up to 2,500 euros more equal and finishing equipment.

Standard, the Opel Insginia Biturbo provides adaptive driving: can vary suspension, steering, engine and to drive, giving priority here more or less torque split to the rear axle.


Test: Opel Insignia 2.0 CDTi 4x4 BiturboIf the transmission is of weight gain in the new Opel Insignia Biturbo (and in any market model) is also a cause greater agility road … although it may seem contradictory. Hence this Opel Insignia itself honors and the nickname Biturbo. Factory comes with slung chassis 15 mm, AWD by Haldex, rear and even electronic self adaptive suspension system. And as an option also appears SuperSport chassis which includes the front axle Opel Insignia OPC and Brembo brakes (It costs around 2,000 euros). However, we do not believe this package in response to how you and the Opel Insignia Biturbo standard required.

If we always found the Opel logo somewhat dry basis suspension (Even in mode “Tour” of its adaptive suspension) and less refined than, for example, a Citroen C5, but at the same time saloon also a very direct, personal and sporty touch, Now with the name Biturbo becomes a machine. Tour, he reacts and sits nicely in turn, always helped by a very sharp front and a great motor. Even forcing gas in full support, or pulling direction, or palpable bond losses arise, and it is known the fantastic braking has always shown the Opel Insignia, and here again exhibit. High capacity therefore very sporty chassis and additives in combination with a great engine, yes, compared with less temperament then shows the Opel Insignia Biturbo road.

Insignia environment

Unexceptional inside this new Biturbo version keeps all the essence of other Opel Insignia. wraparound dashboard, good ergonomics, here, seats, upholstery, sports steering wheel and pedals … but it does seem that too diameter. Even simple graphics, the instrumentation is very legible and sporting dyes, to be able to change the color of your lighting: white in “Tour” mode red passion in ‘Sport’. As for space, the Opel Insignia remains a real saloon almost coupé: spacious and large trunk, good rear space, but with a just posterior height because sport roof fall behind.