Opel Corsa: Benchmark in its Class
- Two separate models with distinctly different designs
- 1.3 CDTI ecoFLEX with just 109 g/km CO2
- 192 hp Corsa OPC and 150 hp Corsa GSi are top duo
The Corsa boasts an exciting design, sporty contours, sophisticated chassis and a high-quality interior with feel-good ambience. It also features equipment exceptional for this class, such as curve and cornering light, a heated steering wheel, as well as the integrated bicycle carrier system “Flex-Fix”, which made its premiere in a production car with the Corsa. The bestseller is available in two distinctly different variants: the coupé-like three-door and family-friendly five-door models. The Corsa model line also boasts an attractive engine range and large selection of equipment. The dynamic top-of-the-line model is the Corsa OPC with a maximum speed of 225 km/h.
Design and packaging
The three-door Corsa’s body is stretched tautly over its technology and has a coupé-like roof line. In the five-door model, the longer roof line and large windows spotlight the additional headroom and better visibility for rear passengers. Thanks to the long wheelbase and wide track, both Corsa versions offer plenty of room. Storage volume in the luggage compartment is 285 liters. If the rear seat back is folded down, transport capacity increases up to 700 liters, and to 1100 liters if the car is loaded to the roof.
The stylish interior features high-quality materials, and the turn buttons for climate control, radio and lighting are backlit. Piano-lacquer finish look on the center console, air vent rings and steering wheel spokes gives the Corsa a much higher class look and feel than is normally found in this vehicle class.
The consumer protection organization Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) awarded the Corsa five stars for passenger safety, as well as an excellent three stars for both child passenger and pedestrian protection. These ratings were achieved thanks to the torsionally rigid passenger cell with computer-calculated deformation zones and the ultra-high-strength steel sections in the doors. Restraint systems specifically adjusted to this setup include two-stage front airbags (front passenger airbag can be deactivated), side airbags in front (integrated into the seats in OPC variant), as well as the patented Pedal Release System (PRS), which protects the driver’s feet from serious injury. Opel also offers front and rear head curtain airbags as well as active head restraints in front for the Corsa. The ISOFIX system ensures optimal anchorage of child seats, while a visual and acoustic warning signal reminds drivers to fasten seat belts. The rapidly blinking brake light when ABS is activated helps prevent rear-end collisions.
Chassis and active safety
The fourth-generation Corsa is distinguished by excellent driving dynamics, thanks to its torsionally rigid body, front subframe and torsion-beam rear axle. The GSi and OPC variants have the same setup, but with a stronger rear axle profile and modified spring/dampener tuning. The newest-generation ABS and ESPPlus systems draw upon internally ventilated front disk brakes and boast further functions, such as brake assist, Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), and brake control, which are activated when needed. All diesel-powered Corsas, as well as the 1.4 automatic and 1.6 turbo variants, feature variable power steering that makes maneuvering even easier. The Corsa Sport, GSi and OPC offer steering with a variable progressive feedback curve. Combined with the agile chassis layout, it conveys a pronounced sports car-like feel.
Engines and transmissions
The Corsa’s engine line-up comprises five gasoline engines and three common-rail
turbo-diesels - all with four-valve technology - with outputs ranging from 60 to almost
200 hp. The top-of-the-line unit is the 1.6-liter turbo with 110 kW/150 hp for the GSi and 141 kW/192 hp for the OPC. The 192 hp variant accelerates the Corsa OPC from zero to 100 km/h in 7.2 seconds. The most powerful diesel engine is the 1.7 CDTI with 92 kW/125 hp and a top speed of 195 km/h. Corsa variants with the 1.7 CDTI engine come with ESP as standard. Low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are also trademarks of modern Opel diesels: the 55 kW/75 hp 1.3 CDTI ecoFLEX with long axle-drive ratio and five-speed manual gearbox requires just 4.1 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers, and emits just 109 g/km CO2. A diesel particulate filter is fitted as standard on all diesel variants. Innovative TWINPORT technology for gasoline engines also ensures high fuel efficiency. The Corsa 1.0 TWINPORT ecoFLEX, for example, needs only 5.6 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers. In addition to the five and six-speed transmissions, as well as the automated Easytronic manual gearbox for the gasoline-powered Corsa 1.2 and more powerful 1.3 CDTI, a four-speed automatic transmission is also available for the Corsa 1.4.