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Driven in SA: Opel Corsa 1.4

By: Dave Abrahams

Maybe it a little feng shui essentially, what GMSA has is to de-clutter its Opel Corsa range for 2014, introducing a new turbopetrol engine and re-arranging the levels to produce four different derivatives.

Each has its own – especially the 1.4 Turbo released in South Africa week as one-sixth of a ‘shotgun’ with which GMSA notice that Opel to be taken seriously again in our lexicon.

Its 1364cc Ecotec twin-cam is tuned for efficiency rather kick-in-the-pants performance, running a mild 9.5:1 compression for a quoted delivery of 88kW 4800-6000 revs, backed by all the way from 1750-4750rpm.

At first the 1.4 Turbo Corsa seems almost understated – you to ask, “Turbo – turbo?” – but in fact wide spread of power especially, torque, enables it to momentum deceptively quickly, any slam-bang powerband, turbo lag or steer, reaching 100km/h in a more than 10 seconds and on (given enough road fifth gear is very to a creditable 195km/h flat

Two more positives: being it will give away if any of that 88kW at altitude thanks partly to a standard-fit function, Opel is able to average fuel-consumption of 5.5 litres per in the somewhat unrealistic EU combined and CO2 emissions of just 129g/km.

On the road it feels typically – solid and very with firm suspension and if slightly remote electric steering, along with road manners thanks to Macpherson-strut front and compound-crank suspension.


The steering is adjustable for both height and and the driver’s seat for height, the Corsa’s accommodation very – with the sole of the (very) long-travel clutch

This is apparently an Opel every derivative we drove on multi-model launch (other the Astra 1.4 auto!) exhibited the characteristic, somewhat exacerbated in the case by the lack of a …

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It took a bit of getting used to, but off with a smooth and sweetly clutch action – are a doddle in the Corsa.

The 1.4 Turbo is only in five-door Enjoy featuring colour-coded bumpers, handles and mirror housings, a multi-function steering wheel, alloys and a stylish new matte-black panel with translucent


It also with the rest of the Corsa an upgraded sound system Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port and a new information display.

The centre-stack is less cluttered than competitors, the fabric-upholstered ‘comfort’ are just that – if a light on lateral support your driving partner is fun – while the cabin exude the same ambience as the solid.

It is perhaps that air of competence which best why Opel has retained a remarkable of brand loyalty in South despite its troubled recent

The Corsa 1.4 Turbo Enjoy for R195 400, which a five-year or 120 000km warranty and a or 60 000km service plan.

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