Opel's 1.5-litre Insignia is big on performance

Opel's 1.5-litre Insignia offers a breezy drive and is a spacious car with head-up display, 8-inch infotainment touchscreen and a host of the latest safety features.
Opel's 1.5-litre Insignia offers a breezy drive and is a spacious car with head-up display, 8-inch infotainment touchscreen and a host of the latest safety features.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
Opel's 1.5-litre Insignia offers a breezy drive and is a spacious car with head-up display, 8-inch infotainment touchscreen and a host of the latest safety features.
Opel's 1.5-litre Insignia offers a breezy drive and is a spacious car with head-up display, 8-inch infotainment touchscreen and a host of the latest safety features.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

Opel's big Insignia sedan is now available with a surprisingly spritely 1.5-litre engine

By now, the idea of a large vehicle powered by a puny engine should have lost some of its novelty. But Opel's 1.5-litre Insignia - a car nearly as big as a BMW 5-series - still manages to surprise with its fluidity and poise.

Putting out 165hp and 250Nm, the 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol unit is anaemic when compared to its 260hp/400Nm 2-litre counterpart. But on the road, the smaller power plant puts on a creditable display, arriving at 100kmh in 9.4 seconds and peaking at 218kmh.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 14, 2018, with the headline 'Small engine, big performance'. Print Edition | Subscribe