Opel Corsa Review: 2007 Model | Corsa | Car Buyers Guide

2007 Opel Corsa Review

Last month we drove eight of Ireland’s best hot hatches back to back (two were diesel hot hatches) and the Ford Focus ST easily beat out its opposition with three first choice votes from our four testers. This month we drive seven more, including two warm hatches, and put the Focus up against its arch rival, the VW Golf GTi. Only one car can win the coveted new car ‘Hot Hatch King’ crown – all others must bow to its greatness.

Conor Twomey: The moment you see the Corsa you know you’re in for a treat. It’s a good looking car in its own right but it’s got the most outlandish bodykit of any car here and as a result you get a little excited just looking at it. Inside, it’s just as OTT and in terms of performance it doesn’t disappoint either, but for the keen driver the Corsa OPC is missing a certain something. There’s a slight dead patch at the straight ahead point on the steering and there’s not enough feel either, making it a difficult car to ‘read’ and exploit, which is a real shame given how much performance it has on offer.

Paddy Comyn: It is very hard not to be charmed by this car, which is a damn good laugh. It looks awesome, with its flared everything, squat stance and smart alloys. And it is surprisingly civilised to drive under normal conditions. But if you want it to be, the Corsa can be a hoot with more than enough torque available from the close-on 200hp 1.6-litre. It feels solid and stable, with predictable steering, not much torque steer and good brakes. It is comfortable inside, too, with a thankfully subdued interior. Value is the key word here, as you get plenty of power for not a lot of money

Shane O’Donoghue: Don’t expect to get any ‘me’ time in the Corsa OPC; it just won’t let you relax. For starters, you’re held in place by the huge sports seats, as you grip a gnarly steering wheel that was obviously designed for more than a run to the shops. Then you move off, or more likely stall. Then you leave black tyre marks down the road to prevent stalling... Turbo boost is pretty much instantaneous and available at low revs. Control of this is hampered by a supersensitive throttle pedal and the constant vertical movement you’ll experience from driving over anything other than flat tarmac. I love it, though.

Brian Twomey: The Opel Corsa OPC is loud and flashy enough to stand out in a class packed with loud, flashy cars. Sharp looks, generous equipment levels and nice details like the slim, racing-style Recaro seats lend the OPC a lot of showroom appeal and out on the open road it has strong performance and predictable handling, with plenty of grip and good body control. The light, vague steering robs the driver of involvement and the seating position is too high for a sporty car but all in all it’s an attractive package. Get one in OPC blue if you like being stared at.

INFO 

Engine 1.6-litre 4-cylinder turbo, 192hp, 230Nm torque (266Nm on overboost)

Transmission 6-speed manual

Acceleration 0-100km/h: 7.2seconds

Top Speed 225 km/h

Economy 7.9 litres/100km

CO2 190 g/km

Weight 1,203 kg

Boot Capacity 250 litres    

Base Price €28,995

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€ 30,205 when New

Key Facts

New Price
€ 30,205
Make

Opel

Model
Corsa
Variant
OPC 1.6 Turbo
First Launched
2007
Transmission
Manual
Engine & Transmission
6 speed manual
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
Hatchback

Running Costs

Tax
514
Tax Band
E
Average L/100km
6.59
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
44
Fuel Tank Range (km)
668
CO2 emmissions (g/km)
190

Performance

Driven Wheels
Front
Engine (L)
1598
Break Horsepower
192
Top Speed
225
Acceleration (0-100 km/h)
7.2
Cylinders
4
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
44
Engine Position
Front, transversely
Number of Valves
4
Aspiration
Turbocharging
Torque
230

Space & Practicality

Doors
3
Seats
3
Boot capacity (L)
1050
Kerb weight
1200
Tyre Size Front
1200
Wheel Base
2511

Safety

Euro NCAP Star Rating
5

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