2017 Opel/Vauxhall Insignia First Contact: Wolfsburg, Watch Out!

The all-new Opel Insignia should give the VW Passat a run for its money

The world debut of the all-new Opel/Vauxhall Insignia at the Geneva Motor Show has been overshadowed a bit by the announcement of PSA Group's acquisition of GM's European subsidiary.

That's a shame because the new mid-size model from Opel and Vauxhall have made quite an impression on us. Sure, we couldn't drive them away from the Palexpo convention center in Geneva, but our first static contact with the 2017 Insignia was promising.

The design may be a subjective matter, but we reckon most people will agree that the new Insignia looks better than its predecessor.

It's more welcoming inside too, thanks to the excellent front seats, the redesigned dashboard with improved connectivity features, as well as the spacious rear seats that offer generous knee room. Cargo capacity is adequate for most needs, particularly on the Sport Tourer wagon.

All in all, the Insignia made us curious to see how it drives, particularly since the automaker promises it handles much better than before.

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