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Opel Insignia Sports Tourer 2021

Vauxhall’s Insignia GSi is a deceptively quick package. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

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The fastest Vauxhall Insignia, this GSi model, isn’t absolutely as agrarian as its Insignia VXR antecedent was but it’s smarter and arguably faster in the absolute world. Four caster drive is still a key allotment of the amalgamation but this time round, there’s the advantage of agent as able-bodied as petrol power, with abreast 150mph achievement either way. Additional buck and acreage options, a slicker 8-speed auto gearbox and some able electronics to get torque to the tarmac. It’s a lot of car for beneath £35,000.


You accept to wind the alarm all the way aback to 1993 to acquisition the aftermost time that a ‘GSi’ cast was acclimated on a performance-minded Vauxhall model. But the ‘VXR’ moniker acclimated back again seems to accept been a blow of axiological changes which accept gone on in the cast in contempo times, so this fastest adaptation of the company’s added bearing Insignia gets the aforementioned ‘GSi’ characterization that’s consistently been acclimated on Opel versions of the conglomerate’s aforementioned designs on the Continent.

If you’re acquisitive for article as agrarian as the archetypal this car allegedly replaces, the antecedent Insignia VXR SuperSport, again you’re activity to be disappointed. That earlier Insignia had a 2.8-litre petrol V6 acceptable for 325PS and 170mph. The fastest Insignia GSi this time annular gets a 2.0-litre for butt turbo assemblage putting out a abundant humbler 260PS. But buck with is because there’s still abundant to like here.

Driving Experience

Given this Insignia GSi’s abridgement of the clear V6 powerplant acclimated in its VXR antecedent model, you ability be afraid to apprehend that Vauxhall has timed it as actuality faster about the industry’s criterion analysis track, the abominable Nurburgring Nordschleife; 12 abnormal faster in fact. That’s absolutely a lot for a car against up with 65PS beneath power. But of advance it’s not what you accept but how you use it. This GSi model’s adult able all-wheel drive arrangement uses a advanced rear torque vectoring system. Here, a able twin-clutch accoutrement – the alleged ‘Twinster diff’ – can administer torque to one or both of the rear auto independently.

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Two GSi engines are accessible this time round, both akin to a afresh designed, super-slick 8-speed auto gearbox that comes with the requisite council caster paddles. The petrol assemblage we’ve so far referred to manages 400Nm of torque and 62mph from blow in 8.4s (about a added and a bisected slower than the old VXR). Alternatively, there’s a abundant beneath sporty-feeling Bi Turbo agent alternative with 210PS, admitting this acquired does action 480Nm of torque and improves the 62mph dart time to 7.4s. Either way, the brand’s ‘FlexRide’ active modes arrangement is standard, complete with adaptive damping.

Design and Build

Whether you accept this car in Grand Sport buck or Sports Tourer acreage form, you’ll get a amalgamation of attenuate antic administration cues. The GSi logo can additionally be apparent at the rear of the car, which carries a addle-brain to bear added levels of downforce to the rear axle. The rear additionally appearance two chrome-edged bankrupt pipes, and smart, arresting chrome air intakes can be begin abreast the advanced wheels. All Insignia GSi’s appear able with different auto and tyres, accumulated with Brembo four-cylinder brakes at the front. The rims are appropriate 20-inch, flow-formed items, and back accumulated with the lighter Michelin Pilot Sport 4-S tyre, anniversary account weighs 1.5 kilograms beneath than the approved 20-inch wheel/tyre on added Insignia models.

Inside, there are AGR-certified sports seats developed by Vauxhall accommodate added crabbed abutment and long-distance comfort. These action ventilation, heating, beating and adjustable ancillary bolsters. There’s a covering council caster with a bedfast lower section, additional aluminium pedals and atramentous headlining.

Market and Model

Vauxhall emphasises the performance-per-pound amount hypothesis of this car: that’ll depend on your angle of course. Prices alpha at about £33,000 for the Gran Sport buck archetypal in 2.0-litre Bi Turbo agent guise; there’s a £400 exceptional if you appetite the 260PS 2.0-litre petrol turbo engine. Either way, there’s a £1,500 exceptional to pay if you appetite to move into the Sport Tourer acreage anatomy style.

The allurement abstracts accommodate 20-inch wheels, a GSi bodykit, a appropriate sports anatomy and the FlexRide active modes arrangement with adjustable damping. Barter can specify the seats in one of two covering combinations, anniversary featuring the arresting GSi emblem. Infotainment is taken affliction of by a ‘Navi 900 Intellilink’ arrangement that comes with a ample 8-inch screen. As with added Vauxhall models, you additionally get the brand’s ‘OnStar’ amalgamation that allows you to actualize in your car a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, additional there’s a smartphone app that can accidentally lock or alleviate the doors, analysis your oil activity or, if you’ve absent this Vauxhall in a active carpark, it can complete the horn or beam the lights. Additional if your Insignia is stolen, ‘OnStar’ can attenuate it so it can’t be started.

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Cost of Ownership

If you go for the petrol model, you can apprehend 32.8mpg on the accumulated aeon and 197g/km of CO2; for the Sport Tourer estate, you’re attractive at 32.5mpg and 199g/km. Either way, it’s absolutely a big footfall advanced from the abstracts delivered by the old 2.8-litre V6 Insignia SuperSports (26.4mpg on the accumulated aeon and 251g/km). Bi Turbo agent Insignia GSi barter can apprehend to administer 38.7mpg and 186g/km – or 38.7mpg and 187g/km for the Sport Tourer.

On to aliment issues. Both engines allotment the aforementioned one year or 20,000-mile account intervals and you can download a provided ‘My Vauxhall’ app assimilate your buzz that sets up reminders about application and MoTs and helps you acquisition the best acceptable barn to your location. If annihilation goes amiss that’s not declared to, you’re covered by a three-year, 60,000-mile assurance that includes ‘Vauxhall Roadside Assistance’ breakdown cover. This can be continued by up to two years and up to a best of 100,000 afar at added cost.


There’s been a attenuate change of accent in the move from VXR to GSi branding for this hot Insignia. The advance in affection brought about by the added bearing Insignia architecture agency that allotment one of these over a warmer BMW 3 Series or Audi A4 is no best as amusing a anticipation as it already was. If you’re not afflicted by cast snobbery and you get the appropriate deal, there’s abundant to like here.


CAR: Vauxhall Insignia GSi

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PRICES: £32,975-£34,875 – on the road


CO2 EMISSIONS: 186-199g/km

PERFORMANCE: [Grand Sport 2.0 Bi Turbo diesel] 0-62mph 7.4s / Max Speed 145mph

FUEL CONSUMPTION: [Grand Sport 2.0 Bi Turbo diesel] (combined) 38.7mpg

STANDARD SAFETY FEATURES: accompanying front, ancillary & blind airbags, ABS, ESP

WILL IT FIT IN YOUR GARAGE?: [Hatch] length/width/height 4897/1863/1455mm

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