The Opel Corsa is the German giant’s most successful model selling over 12 million examples to date. Now with more style, refinement and better specification, it appears destined to continue that trend.
The latest Opel Corsa comes with a choice of the three petrol engines and one diesel option with two varying power outputs to choose from. There is a choice of a 5-speed manual or 6-speed semi-automatic with most engine variants. The petrol options consist of a 1.2i with 70bhp, a 1.4i with 90bhp and the latest three cylinder 1.0 turbo with 110bhp. The diesel option is a 1.3 CDTi with a choice of 75 or 95bhp. The 1.0 turbo petrol with 110bhp and the 1.3 CDTi with 95bhp are probably the best options in terms of combined performance and economy.
Opel have worked hard with the latest Corsa to ensure that driver engagement and enjoyment is part of the package. There has been vast improvements made to the suspension meaning its better in the corners with plenty of grip while keeping body roll in check. The Ford Fiesta has always been king pin for driver enjoyment in the Supermini segment, but the Corsa comes very close now. If you are as much about your drive as you are economy, then choose the latest 1.0 turbo engine for good results in both of these departments.
The Opel Corsa is available in three trim levels. These are S, SC, and SE. While the entry level S and SC both benefit from a generous specification overall, the overall effect of the Corsa’s quality interior is lost by the lack of the 7 inch touch screen. You only get a small digital screen displaying your radio station. The SE gets the full specification with Opel’s user-friendly IntelliLink infotainment system housed within the 7 inch touch screen. Opel’s new OnStar system is also only available with the SE trim line.
Opel are a German car maker and they take pride in that heritage, but also fulfil it by fitting the Corsa out with superior materials and finishing it to a very high standard. There is a neat blend of high quality materials and contrast piano black inserts, complimented buy aluminium rings around the air vents. Both the SC and SE get a multi-function, electrically heated steering wheel, while the SE is the only model that gets air-conditioning as standard.
The Corsa just fell short of full marks with a score of 4/5 stars in the Euro NCAP safety crash test. That said, the Corsa comes with a good level of safety equipment and technology as standard. This includes six airbags, electronic stability control, lane departure warning and blind spot monitoring. You can also tick the options list for additional safety tech like automatic autonomous braking that will brake for you if the car detects an accident is imminent, in slow traffic conditions.
The Opel Corsa is available in three door or five door guise. Choose the three door and you do lose out by way of rear headroom quite considerably, due to its sloping roofline. The five door is a lot more practical with the same decent legroom and good headroom. Storage space throughout the cabin is good too. Both variants get the same 285 litre boot which is about average in the segment. The rear bench can be folded forward (60:40 split only available in SE) to open up the cabin for storage of larger items.