Opel Corsa 1.3 CDTi in the driving report

Opel Corsa 1.3 CDTi in the driving report
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No new lamps, no changed aprons, not even the smallest decorative strip has been added. With a classic facelift, the revision of the C orsa apparently doing nothing.

The Opel Corsa look remains, but a lot has happened under the sheet metal

You have to look at the light switch in the cockpit fall to see the only visible difference to the previous model. But why lift a face that has not yet shown any wrinkles? Ultimately, in this form, the little one became a darling of the scrapping movement and, with third place in the registration statistics, made it to Opel be the Corsa year.

All the more has been done under the sheet metal: The team around chassis developer Michael von der Emden spent 160 hours just revising the software for the electric servo motor of the steering. In order to get more feedback when cornering, it was also important to minimize friction losses in the steering gear. Not least because of the results of the master test (the Opel Corsa in the small car master test) by auto motor und sport , in which the Opel Corsa ended up with unsatisfactory handling properties in the rear of eleven small cars, the chassis was completely re-tuned. Softer springs on the front axle and more responsive shock absorbers all around should improve comfort. At the same time, they also help to ensure more contact with the road on poor slopes, which is just as beneficial for handling as the stabilizers, which are reinforced all around.

The Opel Corsa now conveys more transparency and safety

And, did it help? Noticeable. With a harmonious mixture of ease of movement for narrow city centers and precision in fast turns, the Corsa steering conveys more transparency and safety. Although the wintry roads only allowed a first impression, the chassis also looks more mature, as it allows less body roll and no longer feels so decoupled.

The Opel Corsa engines were geared towards economy trimmed

On the drive side, the motors in particular were onmore thrift trimmed. The new king of asceticism is called 1.3 CDTi Ecoflex and, even without a start-stop system, has a standard consumption of 3.7 liters and CO2 emissions of less than 100 g /km. Its 95 hp help the Opel Corsa to have a lively, albeit unspectacular temperament up to the recommended motorway speed. As with the Blue Motion models from VW Opel also follows the bad habit of only equipping the economy variant with a five-speed gearbox that is matched to the unrealistic ECE measurements. This means that the robust four-cylinder already rotates almost 3,000 rpm at 140 km /h, which increases both practical consumption and background noise. Curious, since the conventional 1.3 CDTi is managed by six gears.

The three-cylinder for the Opel Corsa is no longer needed

In addition to the introduction of the particularly economical Ecoflex, Opel at the same time the whole Corsa engine range on a diet. New thermostats shorten the warm-up phases, while revised oil pumps reduce internal engine friction. In the 1.2 and 1.4 liter petrol engines, double camshaft adjusters also ensure variable control of the intake and exhaust valves. In the future, therefore, all petrol engines will reach Euro 5. The fact that the rough one-liter three-cylinder has flown out of the program should not bother anyone, if only because the new base engine with 1.2 liters and 70 hp is only 160 euros more expensive. So there are good prerequisites for 2010 to be another Opel Corsa year.


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