Tuesday 26 September 2017

All aboard for a different sort of Country Tourer

Open Insignia Country Tourer
Open Insignia Country Tourer
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

OPEL have just brought in a two-wheel-drive version of their beefed-up Insignia Country Tourer.

That brings the entry-level price down to €35,495 with delivery and related charges extra. The all-wheel-drive version costs from €37,995.

I must say when I saw this in the flesh, abroad, it didn't strike me as being particularly big and macho. However, it does have higher ground clearance, protective under-body guards at the front and back, pronounced wheel-arch and lower body cladding and dual exhaust tailpipes.

I do remember the 2-litre turbo diesel engine (163hp) for all the right reasons – really decent piece of work. And you can choose a 6spd manual or automatic transmission to go with it.

The front-wheel drive, with 6spd manual, I think, is the one to consider. Realistically, you are not going to go seriously off-road with this so the all-wheel-drive, while interesting, may not be needed.

With the front-wheel/6spd gearbox combination fuel consumption comes in at 4.5l/100 km, emissions are 119g/km and that means €200 road tax.

Standard equipment includes the IntelliLink infotainment system (Bluetooth and voice recognition, 8ins touchscreen centre console and 8ins driver display cluster screen). bi-xenon Adaptive Forward Lighting (AFL+) and parking sensors.

The all-wheel-drive system dispenses power to the front and rear axles.

Depending on conditions the amount of power can range from 0pc to 100pc between the axles as well as between the rear wheels.

The electronically controlled rear-axle Limited Slip Differential (eLSD) controls how much power is distributed and gives it to the one with more grip.

Opel say the system can keep the car moving even when only one wheel has traction and the other three are on slippery ground.

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