2014 Opel Corsa | new car review

Posted on May 28, 2014 by
2014 Opel Corsa
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  • Rated 4 stars
  • Excellent
AEDAED 53,000 - 115,000
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  • Last modified: December 10, 2014
  • Exterior
    Editor: 80%
  • Interior
    Editor: 70%
  • Quality
    Editor: 70%
  • Features
    Editor: 70%
  • Performance
    Editor: 80%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 70%

Review Summary:

There’s no denying that the Germans know a thing or two about hatchbacks; they've got the iconic Volkswagen Golf and if you needed any more proof, just take a look at the stunning 2014 !

Pros

In OPC guise, the Opel Corsa is a true pocket rocket and looks the part too.

Cons

Although the starting price to enter the Corsa club is justifiable, it swells to mind boggling levels once you opt for the OPC version.

Looks

Currently in its fourth generation, the 2014 Opel Corsa is available as a three-door, or five-door model and transforms from a simple little hatch in normal guise, to a tarmac ripping pocket rocket in OPC livery. Riding on a set of massive wheels, with twin chrome tips sticking out the back and vents in its bumpers, the Opel Corsa OPC means business and nothing else.

2014 Opel Corsa front

Feels

While the designers may have gone to town with making the exterior for the standard Corsa and its steroid fed sibling as bipolar as possible, the interior follows a slightly more conservative approach. Apart from a splattering of OPC badges on the steering and gear lever, and the inclusion of racing seats, the interior isn’t very different and is home to a piano black finished centre console, circular A/C vents and an antiquated infotainment display.

2014 Opel Corsa interior

Engineering

The 2014 Opel Corsa packs in a range of exciting features, some which intend to save fuel and others, which intend to make the ride as exciting as possible. While the start-stop system automatically switches the engine off when the car isn’t in motion to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, the shift indicator illuminates a small light in the RPM cluster, which prompts the driver when it is the optimum time to shift gears, either for maximum fuel economy or performance.

2014 Opel Corsa front side - 2

On offer

While manual transmissions are on their way out, Opel is one of the few manufacturers who still has no issues in using them with the 1.2 litre, 1.4 litre or 1.6 litre engines found in the Corsa range. Churning out a modest 85 horsepower, the 1.2 litre is smallest and most economical engine in the line-up. Moving up the ladder is a 1.4 litre unit, which whips out 120 horsepower, but that still isn’t worth writing home about, since the 1.6 litre turbocharged unit found under the hood of the OPC, generates 192 horsepower, 260 Nm of torque and dispatches the 0 – 100 km/h run in 7.2 seconds!

2014 Opel Corsa rear side

Verdict

Going up against the Suzuki Swift and Hyundai Veloster, the Opel Corsa seems like a clear winner for those who heed German engineering and none other. With a starting price of AED 53,000 the 2014 Opel Corsa seems like an absolute steal, up until you realize the OPC version costs an eye-watering AED 115,000. That’s when you begin questioning what else falls under that budget and settle for the slightly larger and more practical Ford Focus ST, while saving AED 15,000 as well.

2014 Opel Corsa front side

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