Looking good, hauling goods

German automaker Opel first offered the Insignia in 2008, replacing the Vectra and Signum in its lineup. Also sold as a Vauxhall in Britain, a Holden Commodore in Australia, and the a Regal in China and the U.S., we’ve already seen a fastback iteration of the model offered on this side of the pond as the new 2018 Buick Regal GS. Now, Opel is offering up a hot-to-trot wagon version called the GSi Sports Tourer. The GSi nameplate was pulled from previous go-faster versions of Opel’s street cars, with previous examples including the Manta GSi and Kadett GSi from the mid-‘80s, as well as the Kadett 2.0 GSi 16V and Astra GSi and Corsa GSi. Now, followingw a full reveal at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, there’s a new one that the automaker says was designed to be both fun and practical. Outside, you’ll find long, lean, wide, and horizontal styling elements, while under the hood resides a potent turbo 2.0-liter engine, all of which combines with a substantial amount of space in back for people and things.

This is Opel’s new flagship station wagon, so it makes sense the Germans gave it the royal treatment. In fact, Opel is so certain it’ll bring the sporting goods, it included a picture of a racing suit, helmet, and gloves in the back of the trunk in the press shots. But is it really worthy of such connotations? Read on the find out.

Continue reading to learn more about the Opel Insignia GSi Sports Tourer.

  • 2018 Opel Insignia GSi Sports Tourer
  • Year:
    2018
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    six-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    210 @ 4000
  • Torque @ RPM:
    354 @ 1500
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    7.9 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    144 mph
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • size:
  • Purpose:
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  • Overall:
    7.3/10

Exterior

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At first glance, we think the Opel Insignia GSi Sports Tourer is a very good looking piece of design. Observed head on or from the front three-quarters view, it’s got the wide and low stance of a sporty performer, while the profile reveals the long wheelbase and extended roofline of a practical wagon platform.

Indeed, Opel was adamant on adding sporting cues to the traditional station wagon body style, and in our opinion, the result is a good one. Up front, chrome was added to the intakes, adding a nice shine to the corners and offsetting the horizontal headlight housings with a more vertical shape. Inside the headlight housings you’ll find IntelliLux LED matrix lighting elements, complemented by checkmark-shaped daytime running lights.

Opel was adamant on adding sporting cues to the traditional station wagon body style, and in our opinion, the result is a good one.

Moving to the flanks, we see a handsome beltline that dips down towards the front fenders, giving the whole thing more of a raked stance than before. The lower side skirts book end the plus-sized wheels, which are up to an impressive 20-inches in diameter.

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The overall impression we get is one of a BTCC racer estate. And that’s a very good thing.

In back, the taillights sport a shape similar to the headlights, giving the rounded rear hatch a much flatter visual appearance. Up top, there’s a curved trailing edge spoiler, while below is a chrome surround for the exhaust pipes, once again mimicking the overall design scheme of the front end. The wheelbase is measured at 2,829 mm (111.4 inches).

The overall impression we get is one of a BTCC racer estate. And that’s a very good thing.

Interior

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Step into the cabin of the Opel Insignia Sports Tourer, and you’ll find the right type of performance gear you’d expect after checking out the aggressive exterior. Kicking it off is a flat-bottom steering wheel, standard fair on anything with any sort of sporting intent. In the foot well are pedals made from aluminum.

The performance cues continue with specially made bucket seats in front. Opel says that in addition to lots of side support during spirited stints in the curves, these sitters are also certified by the Campaign For Healthier backs, which means they’re comfortable and supportive in other ways as well, using a tall seat back and integrated headrest. The seats also get great comfort features like ventilation, heating, and massage functions, while the GSi logo is embroidered into the head rests.

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The performance cues continue with specially made bucket seats in front, while the Tourer’s longer wheelbase helps out with second row leg room.

Meanwhile, the Sport Tourer’s longer wheelbase helps out with second row leg room, with up to five passengers accommodated in total. In back, the two outer rear seats get a heating function as well.

Of course, one of the keys of a model like this is rear storage space, and the Insignia has plenty – up to 1,665 liters (58.8 cubic feet) with the seats folded all the way down, or with the seats up, a total of 560 liters (19.8 cubic feet). Options include a 40/20/40 fold for the rear bench, plus there’s a sensor that’ll let you kick your foot under the rear bumper to open the hatch.

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Infotainment duties are handled by the Opel IntelliLink and Opel OnStar systems, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support smartphone integration.

Infotainment duties are handled by the Opel IntelliLink and Opel OnStar systems, while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support smartphone integration. In case you were unaware, Opel OnStar provides services like booking a hotel room and searching for available parking. There’s also a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot, plus safety features like forward collision alert with pedestrian detection and automatic braking.

Drivetrain

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Mounted under that long and low hoodline, you’ll find the Opel rocking a new engine, one that was specifically “tailored for the Opel flagship.” Boosting it is a sequential two-stage turbocharger, which raises output to 210 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and an impressive 354 pound-feet of torque at 1,500 rpm, all of which is derived from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel powerplant. Put your foot down, and you’ll do the 0-to-62 mph sprint in 7.9 seconds, while top speed is rated at 231 km/h (144 mph). Efficiency under the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) is rated at a combined 7.3 liters per 100 km, while emissions are rated 192 grams per km.

Alternatively, if oil burners aren’t really your thing, there’s the option for a gas engine as well. Power sees an increase to 260 horses, while torque is down to 295 pound-feet of torque at 2,500 rpm, both of which make sense compared to a sporty diesel powerplant. Performance, however, sees a boost overall, with the 0-to-62 mph sprint done in 7.5 seconds, while top speed is bumped to 245 km/h (152 mph). Efficiency for the gas engine comes in at a combined NEDC rating of 8.7 liters per 100 km, with emissions rated at 199 grams per km.

Boosted by a sequential two-stage turbocharger, the diesel powerplant makes 210 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque, while the gas engine posts 260 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.

Putting the power to the ground is a standard AWD system with torque vectoring capability. Opel calls it the Twinster system, and it uses a twin-clutch set-up in place of a traditional differential, an upgrade that Opel asserts almost completely eliminates understeer.

The rest of the drivetrain is composed of a new eight-speed automatic transmission with the usual shift paddles mounted on the steering wheel.

Opel Insignia GSi Sports Tourer engine and drivetrain specs

Opel Insignia GSi Sports Tourer Diesel Opel Insignia GSi Sports Tourer Gasoline
Engine 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline
Horsepower 210 HP @ 4,000 RPM 260 HP
Torque 354 LB-FT @ 1,500 RPM 295 LB-FT @ 2,500 RPM
Drivetrain AWD AWD
Transmission eight-speed automatic eight-speed automatic
0-to-62 mph 7.9 seconds 7.5 seconds
Top speed 144 mph 152 mph

Suspension And Chassis

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As you probably expect from a sporty German-made passenger vehicle, the Opel Insignia GSi Sports Tourer was refined at the Nurburgring, which means it should have some pretty decent handling chops. What’s more, the new GSi enjoys an improved chassis, including lower springs that drop the body by about 10 mm (0.39 inches), as well as special adaptive shocks that compensate for the lower ride height.

Standard spec includes a FlexRide chassis system, with adaptable components that alter settings for the dampers and steering system to maximize grip, while also changing how sharp the throttle response is and the shift points for the eight-speed automatic, all in the name of more speed or more comfort.

Standard spec includes a FlexRide chassis system, with adaptable components that alter settings for the dampers and steering system to maximize grip.

Further alterations can be made via a variety of driving modes, which include Standard, Tour, and Sport modes. And if you really wanna get serious, there’s even a Competition mode, which will increase the yaw allowable under the stability control system, and even turning off traction control all together.

Providing the grip is Michelin’s Pilot Sport 4 S tire compound. Hauling it down are brakes from Brembo, with four-pot calipers and 345 mm (13.6-inch) discs.

Prices

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Opel didn’t give us exact pricing on the new Insignia GSi Sports Tourer, but we’d expect it to slot in at around 28,000 euros, just a few thousand above the current model. Look for it to arrive in dealers early on in 2018.

Competition

Volkswagen Passat Estate

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While arguably a bit more serious than the Opel, this Volkswagen does get a rather handsome bit of styling and good amount of equipment as well. The performance is also pretty serious, with the top-trim GT model getting a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine pumping out an impressive 236 horsepower through a 4Motion AWD system and seven-speed DSG gearbox, all of which yields a sprint to 62 mph in 6.3 seconds.

Read our full review on the Volkswagen Passat Estate.

Mazda6 Tourer

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2016 - 2017 Mazda6
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Mazda has built a reputation for offering efficient, practical, and above all, fun passenger vehicles, and the Mazda6 Tourer is no different. Providing the go is a SkyActiv-D diesel powerplant making 147 horsepower, which routes through a six-speed manual gearbox. Alternatively, buyers can upgrade to a gas four-cylinder making 163 horsepower, with the option for a six-speed automatic on the table as well. Pair all that with some slick Kodo exterior style, faultless handling, and a decent amount of space, and you’ve got yourself one stout competitor for the Opel.

Read our full review on the Mazda6 Tourer.

Conclusion

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I’m not gonna lie – I’m a big fan of sporty wagons, and this Opel certainly looks like a tempting offer. It’s got good styling, while the interior is decently equipped and offers a good amount of space. Throw in the sporty, ‘Ring-refined handling, plus as much as 260 horsepower on tap, and things are looking up.

Too bad this thing isn’t offered on these shores. While it’s true that U.S. audiences are more inclined to SUVs over the lower and longer estates, I think it’s possible more cars like the Insignia GSi Sports Tourer could change that.

  • Leave it
    • * Plenty of competition out there
    • * Not coming to the U.S.

References

Buick Regal GS

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Read our full review on the Buick Regal GS.

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Read more Opel news.

Press release

Extra sharp, extra precise and extra powerful with a new top-of-the-line engine: the new sporty Opel Insignia GSi Sports Tourer station wagon wins over not only the driver, but also the entire family. Because it sparks an unrivalled scope of driving fun without compromising on space and practicality. It is simply uncompromising.

The new Insignia GSi Sports Tourer offers everything that sporty drivers wish for: the sharp station wagon can now also be powered by the engine tailored for the Opel flagship, the 154 kW/210 hp two-liter BiTurbo diesel with powerful torque of 480 Nm (official fuel consumption 2.0 BiTurbo according to the New European Driving Cycle: urban 8.9 l/100 km, extra-urban 6.1 l/100 km, combined 7.3 l/100 km, official specific CO2 emissions combined 192 g/km). Standard features include an especially dynamically tuned FlexRide chassis, innovative all-wheel drive with torque vectoring, high-grip tires and a new eight-speed automatic transmission that can also be operated via shift-paddles at the steering wheel – almost like a racing car.

All these features ensure an extremely active driving experience. Opel designers have given the Insignia GSi Sports Tourer a sporty look to match its driving performance. Large chrome air-intakes at the front and a neat rear spoiler unmistakably show that this is the flagship station wagon with sporty ambitions. In the interior, the driver settles in behind the sport leather steering wheel in an optional integrated sport seat specially developed by Opel for the GSi. The rest of the occupants enjoy the familiar high level of comfort in the Sports Tourer – with generous space also in the second row, up to 1,665 liters load volume as well as all-round infotainment and connectivity with Opel IntelliLink and Opel OnStar. This makes the new Insignia GSi Sports Tourer the efficient Opel flagship station wagon that brings more excitement and fun into every day.

Top powertrain, chassis, brakes: GSi is a solid athlete through and through

Just like with the Insignia GSi Grand Sport, the engineers fine-tuned the Insignia GSi Sports Tourer on the legendary Nordschleife of the Nürburgring. Here in the Eifel mountains Opel runs a test center for setting up its performance cars. Opel has equipped the Insignia GSi Sports Tourer with a top engine for powerful performance with a punch: the new two-liter BiTurbo diesel features sequential two-stage turbocharging, delivering 154 kW/210 hp at 4,000 rpm and maximum torque of 480 Nm from only 1,500 rpm. The GSi Sports Tourer BiTurbo accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in just 7.9 seconds and reaches a maximum speed of 231 km/h.

Those who prefer a lively turbo gasoline engine for the GSi are right on target with the 191 kW/260 hp two-liter turbo gasoline unit that delivers maximum torque of 400 Nm from 2,500 to 4,000 rpm (official fuel consumption in New European Driving Cycle: urban 11.5 l/100 km, extra-urban 7.1 l/100 km, combined 8.7 l/100 km, official specific CO2 emissions combined 199 g/km). This takes the Insignia GSi Sports Tourer from zero to 100 km/h in 7.5 seconds and to a top speed of 245 km/h.

The foundation for maximum driving fun and effective performance output is the all-new GSi chassis: shorter springs lower the sporty station wagon by 10 millimeters compared to the normal Sports Tourer; special sports shock absorbers reduce body movements to a minimum. The standard FlexRide chassis adapts shock absorbers and steering in fractions of a second. The system also optimally adapts the calibration of the accelerator pedal and the shift points of the eight-speed automatic gearbox to driving performance. Subject to the chosen mode – Standard, Tour or Sport – steering and throttle-response are softer (Tour) or even more direct and further sharpen the driving experience (Sport). Exclusive to the GSi is the Competition mode, which is activated via the ESP button. A double-press allows skillful drivers more yaw and switches off traction control. And if the Insignia GSi driver really wants to have direct control of everything, he can shift gears via paddles at the steering wheel on the standard eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Twinster all-wheel drive with torque vectoring, unique in this class, is a perfect match to the sporty chassis. A twin clutch system replaces the conventional differential on the rear axle and ensures more precise, individual power transmission to each tire. This means the Insignia GSi Sports Tourer drives exactly the line the driver wants (and understeer, when the front wheels push towards the outside of the corner and can cause the car to drift out of its lane, is practically banished).

To bring the performance onto the road with optimal traction, engineers have fitted the Insignia GSi Sports Tourer with extra high-grip Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tires – on large 20‑inch wheels. And for superb deceleration at high speeds, powerful Brembo four-cylinder brakes (diameter 345 millimeter) take over. All of this together with the familiar light-weight design of the Insignia Sports Tourer ensures an incomparably direct, sporty driving experience that one does not normally expect from a station wagon.

Sharp design and lots of comfort: Everyday hero in racing car look

The same is true of the interior: here the GSi station wagon model combines generous space and high Sports Tourer comfort with distinct racing car flair. This makes the Insignia GSi Sports Tourer as much fun for passengers as for the driver, who takes it all in in the comfort of a bucket seat specially designed for the GSi by Opel. The AGR (Campaign for Healthier Backs) certified optional premium performance seat with a tall seatback and integrated head restraint – with the GSi logo proudly embroidered – offers superb lateral support during fast cornering as well as excellent long-distance comfort for extended journeys. This is ensured by the combination familiar from the Sports Tourer: ventilation, heating, massage function and adjustable side bolsters. The flat-bottom leather sports steering wheel and aluminum pedals enhance the sporty feeling in the cockpit even more.

The Insignia GSi Sports Tourer’s wheelbase of 2,829 millimeters ensures a superb sense of space. This is particularly noticeable in the second row, where three passengers travel in comfort and the two outer rear seats are also heated. All occupants enjoy best entertainment and top connectivity with the latest generation of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible IntelliLink systems. Also on board is the groundbreaking personal connectivity and service assistant Opel OnStar, which now also offers additional new services such as booking hotel rooms1 and searching for parking2.

Thanks to the 4G LTE WLAN-Hotspot3 all Insignia Sports Tourer occupants have fast and easy internet access with their mobile devices.

The Insignia GSi Sport Tourer’s eye-catching sporty looks featuring chrome-edged front air-intakes and exhaust pipes as well as a distinctive rear spoiler for the necessary downforce on the rear axle envelop an extremely practical car. Just like its series counterpart, its luggage compartment offers an exemplary 560 to 1,665 liters load volume and the optional 40/20/40 foldable rear seats enable flexible loading space configurations. In order to make loading as easy as possible, the sensor-controlled tailgate is opened and closed without having to touch the car by a simple kicking motion under the rear bumper. Insignia GSi Sports Tourer drivers also benefit from more top technologies ranging from groundbreaking IntelliLux LED® matrix light to Forward Collision Alert with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking. This all makes the new Insignia GSi Sports Tourer as sharp as it is practical, and above all makes it a safe and comfortable station wagon for the whole family.

33-year tradition: the GSi models from Opel

The Insignia GSi continues a long tradition of sporty Opel cars named GSi. The first to stir up excitement were the Manta GSi and the Kadett GSi (115 hp from 1.8-liters) in 1984. Only four years later the 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve engine in the Kadett 2.0 GSi 16V delivered 150 hp. The first Astra also featured this engine and in 1993 there was a 1.8-liter 125 hp alternative in the Astra GSi. There was also a GSi with various generations of the Corsa, beginning with the 100 hp Corsa A (1988) that has become a much sought-after classic. At the (provisional!) end of the line was the Corsa D in August 2012.

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