Corsa 1L Enjoy
I have always associated an Opel Corsa with the vibrant sea-green or metallic purple bubble-like cars that a lot of acquaintances and quite a few students drove at some point in the late 90's.
The new Opel Corsa is a far cry from these simple cars and I absolutely loved our recent test model.
What is it like? Our zippy little 5-door model arrived in an exquisite dark sea blue coat with a feisty 1L turbocharged petrol motor (Opel’s ECOFLEX 3-cylinder).
The Corsa exudes a more sophisticated character with solid Opel finishes in the interior, a funky dashboard, flowing 16- inch alloys and fun-loving city car character. It also offers a much sportier look with careful contours and a bulkier rear end.
The interior offers sporty looking seats, a sublimely simple clutch and six manual gears ( which are so sweet and responsive) and a funky silver trim to alleviate the black materials used inside.
LED daytime running lights and Bi- Xenon headlights ensure optimum visibility on the road as well.
What didn’t we like? Only a small complaint - finding the infotainment screen dimmer light in the dark.
Once located, you’re on your way but prior to that, driving in the dark with the lights on was an absolute nightmare!
Where did we go? Meetings, a commute to Cape Town and multiple trips to the stables - the usual weekly runaround. Our test model handled all tasks and routes with aplomb and feather-light steering.
A fun novelty to impress your friends would be the easy parking system. Hate parallel parking? Let the car do the work for you…
Endless entertainment with minimal input guaranteed!
People’s reactions? Almost everyone was astounded at how smartly the Corsa has grown up and our little car developed quite a following.
Most observers loved its new design and our testers loved its city car characteristics of easy maneuverability, funky looks and useful connectivity to our digitally driven lives, from the intuitive Bluetooth phone and audio system to the on-board trip computer measuring all aspects of your journeys; including energy consumption.
The only drawback for many was the Corsa’s price. You’ll be looking at a starting price of about N$235,000 for this particular little run- around and frankly, it’s got a whole lot of competition from more competitively priced models in this bracket.
Which is sad, as this is one awesome car to drive…