The Opel Insignia is one of the safest cars in its segment. If a five-star rating after the new and improved EuroNCAP crash testing procedures isn't enough to convince everyone, you should learn that the Insignia has managed to get good or great marks at every single chapter from the new NCAP testing methodology.
The car we drove was equipped in standard with six airbags – two frontal dual-stage, two side airbags for the front seats and two head airbags for the front and rear outside occupants. As far as the active safety goes, our test car was equipped with anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control and a highly capable and intelligent all-wheel drive system.
If all those assist systems, the army of airbags and the EuroNCAP result aren't enough to convince everyone this is a very safe car, then how about the Adaptive Forward Lighting (AFL), which automatically switches from nine different beam settings according to the visibility and the road conditions ahead. Plus, our Insignia was also equipped with the so-called "Opel Eye", which is a system based on a camera that helps drivers stay under the speed limit and/or unintentionally veer out of the driving lane.
The high-resolution camera, positioned behind the front windshield, takes thirty pictures per second and then relays them to one of the two systems it's connected with to analyze them. The first system is called Traffic sign Recognition and it can practically "read" speed limits and no-passing signs, therefore informing the driver of their existence on the instrument panel. The other function is called Lane Departure Warning and it alerts drivers if they are veering out of the driving lane without signaling.Continue reading