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Opel Agila and Opel Corsa in the test: microcar versus small car

Hans-Dieter Seufert
Opel Agila and Opel Corsa in the test
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There was something about cheap small cars. Even with scrapping bonuses, Agila and C orsa as a diesel well beyond the 10,000 euro limit - unlike the basic petrol engine: the Agila with 65 hp is available from 9,990, the four-door 60 hp Corsa from 11,840 euros.

The Agila price advantage is only 750 euros

Even with diesel and expensive edition equipment, only the Opel Corsa can be upgraded with safety extras such as cornering lights , plus it gets windowbags and ESP as standard. Because both of these cost an additional 390 euros each with the Agila, its price advantage, adjusted for equipment, melts to around 750 euros. At a good 17,000 euros, that hardly matters anymore, and that makes it difficult for the Opel Agila.

It is only of limited use as a single piece of furniture. There is no shortage of practical talents: with four tall doors it is easier to get into, and inside it is superior to its bigger brother in terms of space and comfort. The trunk can be filled more easily thanks to the large tailgate and the low loading edge. The Corsa does not show its size in terms of space, but over long distances. Its better noise insulation dampens the engine roar more successfully.

Comfort falls by the wayside with the Opel Agila

More drastic differences are seen in the driving behavior with a full load . This turns out puny for both, but it causes the Agila to stop its already modest suspension efforts completely. It reacts to hard load changes with the rear wedging out and forces the driver to counter-steer on very poor road surfaces despite ESP. The Corsa can do more than just one class better, as it remains relatively neutral until it gives in to understeer.

It retains a good part of its considerably better suspension comfort even when fully loaded. Because Opel installed a transmission in the Corsa that can handle a maximum of 170 Nm, the same 1.3-liter diesel weighs 20 Nm less than in thelively agila. In the Corsa, the direct injection dies easily when starting up, crawling lethargically out of the turbo lag. But also when it comes to consumption, both practice modesty, officially contenting themselves with 4.5 liters /100 km.

The Corsa is ahead

That ensures low CO2 emissions and only 123 euros in taxes per year. The remaining fixed costs are at a similarly low level. Anyone who needs a full-fledged diesel as their first car has no reason to prefer the Agila to the Corsa. Anyone looking for a diesel as a second car, by the way, isn't either.


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