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The Opel Insignia, Toyota Camry and Volkswagen Passat have grown to become scrupulous sedans that offer more than just the basic transportation necessities for the family.

17 Dec 2015

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Somewhere between entering your 20s and getting closer to 30, you realise that your friends are getting married and becoming part of a segment we call - young families with kids. Coffee shop talks about which exhaust system works best on your Suzuki Swift Sport are slowly replaced by debates about the best family sedans in the market.

Three names that came up during one of our usual Sunday kopi sessions were the Opel Insignia, the Toyota Camry and the Volkswagen Passat. Although the Insignia hasn't enjoyed the same levels of success as the Camry or the Passat, it seems like it deserves a little more recognition that it currently receives.

And since Volkswagen has launched the new Passat, we decided to find out how the Insignia and Passat compare against the Camry, which has long been a staple in the family sedan segment.

The minimalist styling on Volkswagen's new Passat is one that should endure the test of time

Exterior

The Insignia was designed around Opel's multi-award winning design philosophy - sculptural artistry meets German precision. This philosophy expresses premium aspiration and dynamics with an unmistakable wide and low frontal visage that visually pronounce the Insignia's wide stance.

Also echoed in the rear, the Insignia features a wider and lower proportioned rear end design. Its enthusiastic design gives it a quirkier French feel than the more serious expressions on the Passat.

Toyota has designed the Camry bolder than ever before - thanks to a new gaping grille, sleek head lights and slashes adorning the lower front corners. Edges and corners have been given a touch of elegance while the taillights are redesigned to integrate well with the chrome bar that runs across the boot.

However, the more 'prominent' and 'premium' Toyota Camry still lacks the road presence that the Passat exudes.

Now in its eighth generation, the Volkswagen Passat's refined sheet metal slots it in between the mainstream and premium areas of the family sedan segment. Volkswagen has redesigned the Passat with shorter front and rear overhangs and tightly drawn lines to give it a more dynamic stance than its predecessor.

Together with a fancy four-bar chrome grille and swept-in headlamps, the Passat appears to be the sportiest and classiest of the three.

Soft curves at either ends of the Insignia blend seamlessly with its modernistic headlamp cluster
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Car Information

This model is no longer being sold by local distributors

Price

: -

Engine Type

:

4-cylinder in-line 16-valve Turbocharged

Engine Cap

:

1598cc

Horsepower

:

125kW (168 bhp) / 6000 rpm

Torque

:

260 Nm / 3200 rpm

Transmission

:

6-speed (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

9.9sec

Top Speed

:

210km/h

Fuel consumption

:

14.3 km/L

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Price

: -

Engine Type

:

4-cylinder in-line 16-valve DOHC Dual VVT-i

Engine Cap

:

2494cc

Horsepower

:

133kW (178 bhp) / 6000 rpm

Torque

:

231 Nm / 4100 rpm

Transmission

:

6-speed (A) Super ECT

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

9.2sec

Top Speed

:

210km/h

Fuel consumption

:

12.9 km/L

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Price

: $135,400

Engine Type

:

4-cylinder in-line 16-valve TSI Turbocharged

Engine Cap

:

1798cc

Horsepower

:

133kW (178 bhp) / 6200 rpm

Torque

:

250 Nm / 5000 rpm

Transmission

:

7-speed (A) DSG

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

7.9sec

Top Speed

:

232km/h

Fuel consumption

:

16.9 km/L

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