Opel Corsa 2013: Launch Review

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Opel Corsa

2013: Review

Opel Corsa, Color Edition and Corsa

Local Launch

Hunter NSW

What we liked:


Uber comfortable seating


Not so much:

Outdated automatic

Some hard inside

Leisurely 1.4-litre


Lightning strikes

The Opel Corsa has been a player in the European light car since it first went on in 1982. Now in its fourth iteration, the will be sold locally its rightful Opel branding for the time.

But it’s not Australia’s encounter with the car. and third-generation variants of the Opel were sold under the Barina nameplate Down from the mid-1990s, alongside the (small) and Vectra (medium)

Now standing on its own four wheels, Australia will offer (light), Astra (small) and (medium) models in Australian from this month.


Connected Corsa

is offered in three trim locally — entry-level mid-spec Color Edition it’s spelt incorrectly) and Enjoy. All models offer a palette and décor that a fashionable yet conservative sense of contrasted on mid-spec models a gloss-black painted roof and caps.

The model line-up is by Corsa, a manual-only three-door priced from $16,490. It with 15-inch steel (which includes a full-size spare), cloth upholstery, windows and mirrors, daytime lamps, remote central voice-controlled Bluetooth telephony, and a seven-speaker single-CD tuner 3.5mm auxiliary input

Mid-spec Corsa Color is the cheapest in the line-up to be offered the choice of an automatic transmission. models start at $18,490 the automatic transmission attracting a premium. The Color Edition add 16-inch alloy wheels with a temporary steel wheel), front fog lamps, sports seats, cruise and a trip computer to the package.

It is available optionally with Sports Pack which lowered suspension and 17-inch wheels for $750.

Topping the and the only Corsa available in body style, is Corsa The high-grade package sees adopt climate control in addition to those features for mid-spec Corsa Color Corsa Enjoy is further with the optional Technology which adds acoustic parking sensors, an electrochromatic rear-view mirror, adaptive automatic headlamps and rain-sensing for $1250.

2012 Opel pricing: Corsa three-door 1.4-litre 5MT $16,490 Corsa Edition three-door hatch 5MT $18,490 Corsa Color three-door hatch 1.4-litre 4AT Corsa Enjoy five-door 1.4-litre 5MT $18,990 Corsa five-door hatch 1.4-litre 4AT Metallic Paint $595 Pack $750 (Corsa Edition models only) Pack $1250 (Corsa models only)


one choice

Launched in Europe in the current generation Corsa a significant re-tweak in 2010. At time, chassis improvements saw strut (front) / torsion (rear) suspension arrangement new shock absorber and spring thicker anti-roll bars, new gear and EPS (electric power software, and re-tuned stability and antilock braking programs to the new, internally-ventilated front brakes (drums up back).

As well as improving the car’s and handling qualities, these were also reported to the Corsa’s directional stability, sharpening its celebrated cornering

The mid-life makeover also saw engine line-up reworked more power, reduced consumption and lower emission achieved across the line-up. It saw an idle stop-start system and indicator fitted to selected for the first time (though stop-start is not offered on Australia-spec

In Europe, Corsa is offered a range of petrol and turbodiesel-powered outputting between 48kW and In Australia, the line-up is condensed to one offering: a 1.4-litre four-cylinder outputting 74kW at 6000rpm and at 4000rpm. It is mated to a five-speed transmission as standard or optionally a four-speed automatic (selected only, see PRICE AND EQUIPMENT

Across the range — and of specification or body style Opel quotes a combined fuel economy figure of for manual models and 6.3L/100km for equipped with an automatic CO2 emissions are listed at 136g/km and respectively. Corsa manual accelerate from 0-100km/h in seconds while automatic hit triple digits in a leisurely seconds.


Corsa has it

As mentioned above, the Corsa is in three and five-door hatch styles. Despite the addition of two doors, the pair are dimensionally

All Corsas measure 3999mm by 1944mm wide and 1488mm while riding on a 2511mm Manual models tip the scale at (tare) and automatic models Both offer a turning of 10.55 metres and both are with a 45-litre fuel

Cargo capacity, too, is identical between three and variants with a 50-litre in folded rear seat (1050 and 1100-litres respectively) the discernible change. With the split-fold rear seats and cover in place, Corsa a 285-litre load area. five litres more Volkswagen’s Polo and 84 litres than the Suzuki Swift.

models also benefit Opel’s clever FlexFloor load floor in the cargo

In the cabin, space is similar to other rivals in this with the front seat of particularly generous dimensions. The seat feels about on par others in the class, though the figures to back up our claim, or cars to sample side-by-side, prognosticating to a large degree.

As for Corsa has it covered. The seats are a blend of cushioning and support, and are suited to those of average and build. Adjustment of the seats and position is assisted by the usual of fore, aft, recline and with the steering column for angle and reach.

Corsa a decent-sized glovebox, several beverage holders and a number of trays and cubbies all of which to the light hatch’s practical levels.



All Corsa models achieve a EuroNCAP safety rating stability control, traction antilock brakes, and front, and curtain airbags fitted as to every model in the range.

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headlamps add to the package (where as do three-point inertia reel active headrests, a pedal system and front seatbelt

ISOFIX and top-tether child anchorage points are fitted and doors include child to prevent accidental opening by little fingers.

Outward is again on par with most in category.

Though we wouldn’t say the worst in its segment, C-pillar is a factor when reversing from a 45-degree park.

Hard road ahead

As in our recent light car comparison the into which Corsa is one of the most hotly contested and price-sensitive of any in the Australian market. every manufacturer has at least one hatch in its line-up, most of are now available with a turbodiesel Something Opel won’t in Corsa in the foreseeable future.

It is factors that see Corsa at a disadvantage when compared to its established contemporaries. With refinement, performance and safety surrounding (most) Asian-sourced a thing of the past, Opel’s marketing ploy is thin.

equipment levels are arguably in Corsa’s favour, however, the is at the expensive end of the segment, along Volkswagen Polo and Ford (from $16,990) or Skoda and the soon-to-be-ousted Peugeot 207 (from

In a segment where a few hundred can make or break a deal, would fare better if its competed closer to the likes of i20 (from $15,590), Kia Rio (from or even Holden Barina especially when this buys you the convenience of a five-door style elsewhere.


beep. Yeah?

Driving the five-door manual Enjoy in the days prior to the official launch, we first hard and shiny interior that tend to reflect on the in bright sunlight.

The piano trim highlights on the door and ventilation outlet surrounds the monotony of slate black throughout the remainder of the cabin. But the “matt chrome” centre and old-school audio system is reminiscent of previous-gen Barina and models sold here the Holden nameplate, and could do a refresh.

The ‘leather’ steering feels quite nice to and the level of adjustment for the driver is up with the best in this The steering-wheel mounted audio too, are decent in their complementing the feel of the indicator and stalks. The fact that the Corsa is fitted with rear window winders, is a real let down; as is the lack of USB (available in MY13 variants Bluetooth audio streaming and cupholders.

Corsa’s gravelly 1.4-litre engine is on par with the of Suzuki Swift and Holden for output, and like those takes a little while to full song. It wants for torque, too, and needs to be quite hard to summons an response.

On the road, this Corsa feel a little in keeping with fast-flowing and in this way it doesn’t stack so against the likes of Volkswagen Skoda Fabia, Mazda2 and Kia

Sitting at 3200rpm at 100km/h on the Corsa really wants for a ratio in the gearbox, and we should the case is much the same the four-speed automatic (not It would also help fuel economy which a mix of urban and highway driving 7.0L/100km.

On the open road, there’s a engine and wind noise but its standing, Corsa is remarkably insulated. The pedal box feels German, offering excellent and weighting, especially from the pedal. Its control over the disc/drum stoppers is a standout.

The too, is well weighted and mechanical of feel, though we did strike an issue selecting and reverse if the car was not at a complete stop for than a few seconds.

The same be said for the steering, however, is rather light and quite of feel. A shame considering the car’s dynamism and ride/handling is up there with the best in the biz and be better exploited were the feel up to the task.

With a that’s as well equipped and as Corsa we can’t help but its lack of pep and relatively steep is not going to do it any favours in this segment. As tested the Corsa we sampled was $20,835! And that’s on-road costs and insurance.

If, you’re not fussed with and fuel savings, and prefer the build quality and comfort not found in this segment, could just be the ticket.

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