During the latest safety tests performed by Euro NCAP, next to the Ford Mustang’s surge from dismal two stars to passable three star-rating, the second-generation Opel Insignia aced the test.
The car safety performance assessment program is giving its vote of confidence to the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia – but as the Mustang story suggests (five stars at home from NHTSA, two to three stars by Euro NCAP in Europe), you won’t be able to take for granted the results and apply them to the Holden Commodore in Australia, even though it’s the same car, produced on the same assembly line – the Australian NCAP will do its own tests for sure. And maybe the NHTSA will give in return a dismal rating to the Buick Regal – who knows.
The version tested by the Euro NCAP was the Grand Sport (sedan), with the 1.6 CDTi engine, and jam packed with standard safety equipment – including active hood, autonomous emergency braking, lane assist, and speed assistance. “The top marks from Euro NCAP demonstrate that the individual safety components of the new Insignia form a total system,” quickly pointed out managing director of sales and aftersales Peter Kuspert. The Insignia can be had at home in Germany starting from 25,940 euro, and is also available in family-friendly Sports Tourer guise.