Yesterday I was at the new Opel Corsa launch in Dublin City. It was at the Dylan Hotel off Baggot Street where we met the Opel team and they introduced us to this all-new best seller. Since Opel first launched the Corsa 32 years ago they have managed to sell a staggering 12.4 million Corsa models. That’s a lot. It’s been 8 years since the Corsa has been redesigned, so to be fair we are happy it’s here.
Opel describes the new Corsa as “Adventurous, refined and sophisticated”, and straight away I would agree with them on some of those points. The new Corsa is a much more stylish vehicle taking design cues from the Monza, Insignia and the super-stylish Adam. The bonnet seems more three-dimensional than before and the new brand bar sits nicely on the nose. To the sides of the vehicle it has protruding curves which are apparently taken from the Insignia. This makes the Corsa appear a little bit more muscular.
I have to say that I am pretty impressed by the style of this car. It is nice, and a lot more attractive than the outgoing model.
The biggest changes to the Corsa are inside the car. Of course Opel had sense and introduced the very popular and brilliantly functional Intellilink (€350 or €200 if you buy before 2015). My view is that this is worth the extra money you’ll pay for it. After all you’ll spend a lot of time inside this machine. The dash is well presented and the plastics are surprisingly nice. Inside has improved massively in comparison with the outgoing model and Opel deserve a definite round of applause for the changes here.
Space to the front and rear is plentiful enough considering this car measures in at 4.02 metres (.02 metres longer than outgoing model). The model I drove (1.4i Ecoflex Excite 5-door) had heated seats and the brilliant-for-this-time-of-year steering wheel heater. It also came with a windscreen heater which gets rid of steamy windows in seconds.
In terms of drive I found the 90PS engine was slightly lacking in terms of acceleration and there was a small bit of engine noise coming through beyond 100km/h on the motorway. I didn’t get to drive the 1.0 litre turbo 3 cylinder petrol engine version. I believe that it offers a lot more oomph in such situations (90PS and 115PS). Also on offer under the hood are a 1.2 litre petrol engine (75PS) and a 1.3 CDTi (75PS & 95PS). The Corsa also comes with a completely new chassis which makes the ride itself more comfortable.
The new Corsa will appeal to a massive audience as it has done over the last 32 years. The space is great on the inside and its style has massively improved. It is available with 3-doors or 5-doors. In terms of road tax you will be paying between €180 and €280 per annum depending on which trim and engine you go for (see prices and trims available in image below). There are plenty of extras available with the cars and one I am looking forward to sampling is there Park and Go technology.
Opel are currently offering a 5 year warranty and 3 years free servicing with the new Corsa. I’m pretty certain that the Corsa will yet again prove to be a massive seller for Opel. The manufacturer is on a massive drive at the moment bringing out new models and engines on a very regular basis. We’re all looking forward to meeting Karl when he comes to market and I can’t wait to hear more about the SUV which should be with us by 2020.
Read our Opel reviews here: http://www.cbg.ie/cbg-official-reviews/opel/all-models/new-cars-reviews/