Opel Corsa 2012: Road Test

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Opel Corsa

2012: Test

It may be the baby of the Opel but the Corsa is also very

Opel Corsa Enjoy


Price Guide price before statutory and charges): $18,990

Options (not included in above Technology Pack $1250

rating: Five-star (Euro

Fuel: 95 RON PULP

Claimed economy (L/100km): 5.8

CO2 emissions 136

Also consider: Ford (from $15,490 – Kia Rio (from $15,290 – Volkswagen Polo (from – $28,990)

Opel’s D, as it is known within GM, has been recently – before it went on in Australia – but can trace its lineage to 2006. It’s therefore than most of its rivals in the light car segment.

That have left the Corsa behind the eight ball those same rivals, but in the small Opel comes well equipped to compete in the car segment. The price for the Corsa flagship tested here is than the Ford Fiesta LX, for but adds larger (16-inch wheels, seven-speaker stereo, disc brakes and front fog – for $1200 more than the price of the Ford.

For its part the 1.6-litre Fiesta develop more power and than the Corsa does its 1.4-litre four-cylinder, which is at 74kW/130Nm. And for the same price as the buyers can choose a Kia Rio Si with engine and six-speed manual or the turbocharged 1.2-litre Volkswagen 77 TSI Comfortline – also with a manual gearbox. So it’s a market segment indeed, and the is positioned right in the thick of

Opel handed over the on test complete with the Pack option, priced at That wraps up an amalgam of gadgets in a car aimed at tech-savvy buyers. Fair enough, but the Corsa consequently delivered options such as auto-on rain-sensing wipers, reverse sensors and static/dynamic cornering this particular car couldn’t music from the smartphone wirelessly.

It turns out that the vehicle on is a 2012 model, but buyers have to wait for 2013 before they’ll have audio streaming via Bluetooth. buyers will also DAB+ (digital) radio the 2013 models arrive. So beware.

Finished in a bright red and the chrome headlight bezels come with the Technology the Corsa was a handsome looking car – and one blokes needn’t feel being seen in. But the positive impressions dissipated inside the The dash top was a large expanse of vinyl, the glovebox lid was not a properly-aligned fit and the fascia could have lifted straight out of the AH Astra 2004.

Graphics for the trip screen in the centre fascia presented in a large, yellowy-orange that looked dated.

And the went on: Seat trim was but bland, the coarse weave for the trim fabric and headlining like hessian and the painted door frames were from the front seats – the doors shut. Speaking of the they needed a hefty of slam to close securely. was particularly apparent in the case of the doors.

All of these points are possibly Opel has not had a big budget to play developing the Corsa in recent

Opel Corsa

Things didn’t improve in the drivetrain department either. just five gears in the transmission and an engine that undernourished the Corsa had to be worked a bit to keep up with traffic. Polo 77TSI is more and the VW’s transmission shift is lighter and neither as slow nor as we recall.

Kia’s Rio and the Ford also provide superior quality, with an extra cog for and Rio – and stronger straight-line performance all three.

The Opel suffered low final drive gearing and broad spread of ratios to up for the lack of a sixth gear. At the engine was spinning at 2000rpm – when the transmission was in fifth. By the the Corsa had reached highway the engine was revving above and it was blatantly loud.

There was also a touch of noise, but other ambient was mostly … out by the engine.

delivery was linear and the engine pull high gears 1500rpm or lower without but it was certainly happier and a livelier at speeds above 3000rpm. The engine was willing to rev, but to sound strained from 5000rpm. Fuel consumption the seven days (with about two or three kilometres of driving) was 8.9L/100km, which unfavourably with the figure of posted by the 1.4-litre Kia Rio S in similar last year.

Ride in the Corsa was well controlled and over typical bumps on Australian country roads. engineers have found a balance between the car’s comfort and its cornering ability. was up to par and the car’s handling was quite

Turn-in seemed slow and the didn’t engage the driver the way Fiesta does, but there was feedback through the (electrically steering wheel.

Corsa was not the of car to unsettle drivers who aren’t It’s intended for practical – shopping trips and daily rather than knocking off of seconds getting from A to B.

Granted the Corsa is a light-segment but rear-seat legroom was marginal for kids. Headroom was very for adults of average height, but room just didn’t cut it. of course was based on the driver’s adjusted to suit a male – the reviewer in this case.

A driver would certainly up more knee and legroom

For a relatively small car, the 280-litre boot space was not it was quite deep, with a floor that could be for larger items. Even the depth of volume available the floor removed, there was room for a full-size spare, we commend. Opel does this as a temporary spare,

That is because the wheel – though a conventional steel and not a spacesaver – measured 15 inches in whereas the road wheels alloys measuring 16 inches.

The is a car that we have looked to driving ever since announced it would be entering the market. It’s the successor to well-regarded XC series Barina, won a Wheels CoTY award in 2001. But the modern-day Corsa progressed as far as we expected so many later. There are rivals to the in its market segment that are but they compensate by being too.

Against stronger, names in the segment the Corsa is a tough battle.

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Published. 23 November 2012

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