Opel Corsa 1.3 CDTI in the test

Hans-Dieter Seufert
Opel Corsa 1.3 CDTI in the test
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S ie means lime yellow and forms together with Royal blue is the basis, only these two colors are available free of charge on the Opel Corsa. The metallic-free shades of snow white, sunny yellow and magma red cost extra.

Lime yellow, after all, it doesn't make the test car more expensive, it brightens up a cloudy November day and, with its pastel glow, goes well with the brown and orange tones of autumn : Indian Summer in the Odenwald. So let's get into the brand new Opel Corsa 1.3 CDTI. Not without circling it beforehand and discovering what the reviewers said before us: The Corsa is not that new, rather a very extensive facelift rather than a real new development. Now that doesn't have to mean a bad thing, the little Opel has been one of the most successful representatives of the so-called B-segment for 32 years and four model generations, and apart from the VW Polo, it is the best-selling in this country.

Luckily the name remains

The Rüsselsheim-based company has built almost 12.5 million Corsa since 1982, around every fourth Opel is one. No wonder that the car is extremely important not only for the plants in Eisenach and Saragossa. The press release doesn’t lose too many flowery words about him, which is just as gratifying as the fact that it is still called the Opel Corsa. One can be happy about that, it could at least have been given another first name from the Opel family. After Adam and Karl, Wilhelm, Fritz or Heinrich would still be free.

The measures of the extensive revision naturally include a new design. From the front, the Opel Corsa now looks like a taller Adam, at the rear flared taillights make the rear look sturdier. The two-door model retains the “sickle graphic in the lateral course” including the “coupé-like roofline sloping backwards, both original Opel. That means in German: The body design remained largely unchanged.

Opel Corsa with quiet engine and sophisticated drive

This also includes rather unpleasant side effects such as the arduous approach to the rear for such a small one Car very moderate clarity as well as the not too lavishly dimensioned trunk with its high inner and outer edge. We don't want to dwell on that any longer, but finally set off in the Opel Corsa.

Who the oldDiesel-Opel-Corsa knows, possibly suspects a malfunction of the compression-ignition engine immediately after starting. Because he doesn't feel anything and hardly hears anything from him. The revision has obviously done the little four-cylinder very well, because it now runs quieter and smoother in all speed ranges. Our copy has 95 hp, but the diesel is also available with 75 hp (costs 800 euros less), each coupled with a five-speed manual transmission. This may seem old-fashioned, but it isn't. Loosely based on Otto Rehhagel: What works is modern.

In any case, it does it excellently in the 95 hp diesel, the sixth gear is seldom missed, also because the transmission shifts a bit long. Even on the motorway, the five speed levels are sufficient, the drive and car remain pleasantly quiet up to around 180 km /h. Speaking of speed: Despite the rather modest performance and the not excessive torque (190 Nm), the Opel Corsa hardly feels like a small car, swims well in traffic.

Opel Corsa consumes an average of 5.2 liters /100 km

If you are a little more cautious, you will be rewarded with very low fuel consumption over the lap: The Opel Corsa does not achieve the promised 3.3 liters of diesel per 100 km of the standard value, but it is possible, permanently to be on the road with an average consumption of around four liters (test value: 5.2 liters per 100 km). Which completes the picture of an all-round enjoyable drive unit. This type of diesel is not only enjoyed by care services.

They, in turn, might not have enjoyed some of the subtleties of the new control unit with the central monitor of the Intellilink system in the Opel Corsa, which serves as a radio and can be accessed via smartphone -App can import the navigation system. That fits for digital natives, older customers can listen to the radio with the standard (from Edition) conventional receiver.

Good quality, solid interior

Otherwise, the interior of the Opel Corsa is neatly finished and well equipped, it is easier to operate than in the larger models of the brand, which may also be due to the fact that there is not so much to operate.

On the other hand, the small Opel Corsa now has a fairly extensive arsenal of assistance systems, most of which are bundled in the front camera package for 700 euros. These include collision warning systems, traffic sign assistants and lane assistants. For a further 580 euros, there is an automatic parking assistant and blind spot warning. It all works well and cleanly, the Corsa drives like a big one.

Incidentally, this also applies to the chassis. Quite extensively revised, it pleased in the test with pleasantly smooth suspension, good steering feel and safe driving characteristics. The Corsa is of course not a sedan chair, but car gourmets like the gentle rolling and fine springs.Only the suspension test with maximum payload (457 kg) revealed small weaknesses with very severe bumps. Half as wild. And the fact that the Opel Corsa doesn’t turn the corner as agile as some of its competitors is something that one also likes to see.

Finally we want to talk about money. Because despite all the parking changes in mind, Opel customers are still among the more price-sensitive. You cannot expect miracles here. The Opel Corsa with 95 diesel hp is available from 15,730 euros, but we recommend the Edition equipment from 17,240 euros. The radio, air conditioning, on-board computer and the divisible backrest are already on board. The lime yellow is, as I said, free.


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