Corsa 1L En­joy

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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…

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