Taxi commuters in Europe may find themselves getting comfortable in Opel flagship estates – the Insignia Sports Tourer and the Insignia Country Tourer. Yes, the German carmaker now part of the PSA Group is offering its flagship estates as a taxi unit for operators across Europe.
Both the Opel Insignia Sports Tourer and the Insignia Country Tourer have been proven to deliver a spacious and comfortable ride, with the benefit of added elegance and practicality. Now as taxi units, the Insignia Sports Tourer and the Insignia Country Tourer will offer the same high level of passenger comfort and cargo practicality that taxi companies could take advantage of.
Opel is offering the Insignia Sports Tourer and the Insignia Country Tourer as ex-works products. They are joining the carmaker’s ex-work taxi portfolio, which already include the flexible six-passenger Opel Zafira and the large Opel Vivaro van. As ex-work vehicles, the taxi versions of the Insignia Sports Tourer and the Insignia Country Tourer are already modified according to the specs of customer companies before they are picked up.
The basic taxi equipment available for the Insignia Sports Tourer and the Insignia Country Tourer is available a net price of EUR1,790. This already includes electrical connections for the taximeter and roof sign; an on-and-off switch for the roof sign; a taxi alarm system; power supply for the radio; and protective foil for the door and boot sills. Taxi companies also avail of roof signs and mounts as well as taximeter installation preparation kits. Taxi companies could avail of the Hale SPT 02 taximeter integrated into the rearview mirror housing.
Once picked up, the taxi versions of the Insignia Sports Tourer and the Insignia Country Tourer are ready to be deployed without additional tweaks.
The Insignia Sports Tourer and the Insignia Country Tourer taxi models will be available in two trim versions: the Taxi Selection and Taxi Dynamic. The entry-level model Insignia Sports Tourer Taxi Selection comes standard with air conditioning system and footwell heating in the rear cabin as well as multi-stage adjustable comfort front seats. It offers between 560 liters and 1,665 liters of cargo space volume, as well as more than two meters of load-space length. The base model is available starting at EUR22,639 (RRP excluding VAT in Germany). Meanwhile, the Taxi Dynamic is offered starting at EUR26,046. At this price, the model comes standard with the ergonomic seats with multi-stage adjustments.
Opel’s flagship estate is powered by a 1.6-liter Turbo diesel engine that sends 100 kW (136 hp) of max output to the wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel consumption is pegged at 5.2 liter per 100 kilometers (NEDC combined) while emitting 137 grams of carbon dioxide per km.