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2008. - 2013.
D - Large family car
hatchback, 5 door
4 x 4
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
2010. - 2012.
D - Large family car
hatchback, 5 door

Dimensons & Volumes

4830 mm
1858 mm
1498 mm
520 liters
1465 liters
70 liters
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4755 mm
1795 mm
1440 mm
510 liters
1700 liters
64 liters


Opel / General Motors
2.0 A20NHT
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
1998 cc
220 hp
350 Nm
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1999 cc
150 hp
190 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 6 gears
1633 kg
7.7 s
240 km/h
12.6 l/100km
6.8 l/100km
8.9 l/100km
209 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1335 kg
10.2 s
212 km/h
9.9 l/100km
5.5 l/100km
7.1 l/100km
168 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 6 gears
1685 kg
7.9 s
239 km/h
13.6 l/100km
6.8 l/100km
9.3 l/100km
218 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 5 gears
1365 kg
11.1 s
206 km/h
10.7 l/100km
5.8 l/100km
7.6 l/100km
176 g/km


5600 EUR
222 - 280 EUR
Price from
8500 EUR
209 - 250 EUR

Virtual Adviser's™ opinion


Two significantly similar cars, no doubt about that. Still, each one has something different to offer. Having both cars powered by petrol engines and utilizing the 5-door hatchback body style within the same 'Large family car' segment, the only major difference here really is their wheel drive configuration (4 x 4 for the Opel and front in the case of the Mazda). The first one has a Opel-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 220hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 150hp engine designed by Mazda.


Both vehicles got tested by European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), with the same number of safety stars gained in the process. That aside, let's consider some other aspects which affect safety. Both vehicles belong to the large family car segment, which is generally a good thing safety-wise, but it doesn't do much to help us decide between the two. Furthermore, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, the German car offers a considerable difference of 22% more metal.


I don't like generalizing things when it comes to reliability, although it does seem that Mazda does have a slight advantage, all the models observed together. These are the official statistics, while our visitors describe reliability of Opel with an average rating of 4.2, and models under the Mazda badge with 4.5 out of 5. Independent research findings rank Insignia 16% below average, and 6 40% above the first one. Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as the German car rank it on average as 5.0 out of 5, exactly the same as the other one.

Performance & Fuel economy

Opel is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 2.5 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 240 kilometers per hour, 28km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the Japanese car, averaging around 7.1 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (40 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 25% difference compared to the German car.


Mazda is apparently more reliable, not too much, but just enough. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, the German car offers significantly better overall protection, taking the lead here. It all continues in the same direction, with Opel being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... No mistake, whatever you decide here, but I'd still go for the Mazda. In any case that's my personal view, built upon all the data available to me. What should decide here though is the way you feel about the two vehicles, and I hope you'll find my guidelines useful in the process. In case you have two minutes to spare I invite you to define your needs, desires and budget and see which car would be chosen by the virtual adviser, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.

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