2015 Opel Corsa | new car review

Posted on Oct 29, 2014 by
2015 Opel Corsa
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AEDAED 54,000 - 88,000
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  • Exterior
    Editor: 80%
  • Interior
    Editor: 70%
  • Quality
    Editor: 70%
  • Features
    Editor: 70%
  • Performance
    Editor: 80%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 85%

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 2015 Corsa!

Pros

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

Cons

* Dated interior isn't up to par with what is found in its Korean rivals.

Looks

Currently in its fourth generation, the 2015 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 2015 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. Pushing out 120 horsepower from its 1.4 litre engine, it’s decent, yet nothing to write home about. The turbocharged 1.6 litre powerhouse on the other hand, generates 189 horsepower, 230 Nm of torque, dispatches a 0 – 100 km/h run in 7.2 seconds, and even wears an OPC badge on its rear.

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 54,000 the 2015 Opel Corsa seems like an absolute steal, up until you realize the OPC version costs just AED 88,000. That’s when your instinct to grab a good offer kicks in and you pay the AED 34,000 premium for a splendid little .

2014 Opel Corsa front side

Specifications

Specifications2015 Opel Corsa 1.4L2015 Opel Corsa 1.6L
Engine/ Cylinders1.4 litre / 4 cyl1.6 litre turbo / 4 cyl
Max Power
(bhp/rpm)
120 hp @ 6,000 RPM189 hp @ 5,850 RPM
Max Torque
(Nm/rpm)
175 Nm @ 4,800 RPM230 Nm @ 5,500 RPM
Tranmission5 speed automatic6 speed manual
DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h10.3 secs7.2 secs
Top speed195 km/h225 km/h
PriceAED 54,000AED 88,000

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