The joys of an auto
KAILENE PILLAY dons high heels to wring the most out the Corsa’s 1.4
THE biggest news for Opel last week was the 2015 Women’s Car of the Year Awards, which voted the Adam and Mocca tops in their categories.
With my sisters rating these Opel products so high, I looked forward to my first drive in that other legend from this German stable, the Corsa hatchback, the 1,4 Corsa Enjoy automatic, to be precise.
Turned out I liked the Corsa so much, I added over 400 km to the odo, making two return trips to Durban in just two days.
The first thing I noticed was how easy it is to driving the Corsa in boots with proper heels.
The second was the joy that comes with that missing pedal on the right. Seriously — after years of driving stick, this Corsa made me fall in love with automatic driving. And no, it’s not lazy driving, it’s EASY driving.
Other issues which male drivers never note is how the driver’s seat is at just the right height for those of a more petite build to get in and out with ease and a modicum of grace; while the City Mode made maneuvering through traffic an absolute pleasure.
It has the looks
But how does it look in the flesh, I hear you ask?
First impressions first — those daytime running lights looks classy and in red, the hatch turned heads. Then there as the 16-inch alloy wheels that fills the wheel arches to the brim.
Little bonuses are the adjustable seat and steering that really helped a short woman like me feel more confident in a car, while a tray under the passenger seat makes storing things out of sight easy.
Then there is the sound. Opel’s IntelliLink rates among the top three easy systems in cars today. It operates on both iOS and Android and you can use the seveninch touch screen, steering wheel or voice control to connect easily to your phone via Bluetooth or a USB cable.
With the air conditioning system blowing softly through my hair and the six speakers blasting loudly from my phone via Bluetooth, I felt so much a diva I started kwetching about the lack of an armrest.
I reckon this is all the Corsa needs to make toggling the gear switch on the automatic lever just that little more comfortable for my short arms. Oh, and a sunroof. But it sure has the look even without it.
Because I could just thumb a toggle to gear down up Cato Ridge, I did it in order to quickly pass all those lumbering trucks. This did nothing good for the fuel consumption, but my petrolhead male colleagues were quick to reasure me it is not just the fault of my boots. That 1,4 makes a relatively conservative 66 kW and 130 Nm, (the three-cylinder, one-litre makes 83 kW), which means it likes to gulp when pushed and you really have to just tease the right pedal with a big toe to get even near Opel’s best consumption.
Three trim levels are available: Cosmo, Enjoy, and Essentia. The automatic Corsa retails for R216 500 and only comes in Opel’s Enjoy cladding, highlights of which include that six-speaker sound system,
All in all it was a pleasure to drive the new Opel Corsa. It’s a spacious, cool and sexy vehicle that is built for a city girl.
Opel’s comprehensive customer support package and a wide network of dealers add peace of mind to the deal, but when you are buying a 1,4 hatch, there are always loads of special offers, so study all the advertising and compare which one will make you feel like a diva.
The Opel Corsa Cosmo can make you lipsync like a popstar while the wind blows softly through your hair.