6 things we love about the new Opel Corsa

Opel has launched the fifth-generation Corsa in South Africa featuring distinctive looks, exquisite interior, premium comfort level, and a range of safety features. Entering a hotly-contested compact hatchback segment of South Africa, it now rides on the Peugeot 208 architecture. Here are six things we love about 2021 Opel Corsa.

The designers have given Corsa great attention to detail and the result is a lowered hatchback design featuring an opulently longer bonnet with a steeper windscreen. The interior is ergonomic and boasts splendid ambient lighting, clear driver instrument clusters and a flat-bottom steering wheel. The stylish 16-inch alloy wheels give the Corsa a more distinctive look.

Safety and innovations make the new Opel Corsa stand out in this segment. The standard facilities include Electronic Stability Programme, Hill-Start Assist, Emergency Braking Assist & Warning, Park-Assist and Cruise Control with Speed Limiter and Speed Limit Adaptation. 

Furthermore, it features a 180-degree panoramic rear-view camera for safer and effortless reversing, a 7” IntelliLink Touchscreen Infotainment System with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a total of 6 airbags including driver, passenger, side and curtain airbags, and ISOFIX child seat anchorage.

The hatchback also comes equipped with a multitude of modern active safety systems such as Electronic Stability Programme, Emergency Braking & Warning, and so on.

The 2021 Opel Corsa gathers lots of accolades for its comfort facilities. The interior is roomy for both passengers and luggage. With a boot space of 309 litres, you won’t have trouble fitting in big suitcases. Moreover, you can extend the space by folding down the rear seats.

The Corsa also features a 3-spoke flat-bottom steering wheel with steering wheel controls for infotainment, DIC and other systems like Cruise Control. The Cruise Control comes with Speed Limiter that lets you set a speed without using the accelerator.

The two other premium features include Power Adjustable & Heated Wing Mirrors and Power Pressure Monitoring system. The latter observes tyre pressure via sensors sending information to the Corsa’s onboard computer and a linking screen in the instrument cluster. Displaying pressure in kilo-pascal (kPa), the screen lights up to warn you against low air pressure.

The power comes from an award-winning naturally-aspirated 1.2-litre petrol engine generating 55kW and 118Nm of torque, mating to a 5-speed manual transmission. While it doesn’t seem much, the new Corsa is now 108 KG lighter with a total weight of only 980 KG. The lighter weight also enables it to sip less fuel. Opel estimates a fuel economy of 4.8-litre per 100 km, which is exceptional.

With a nationwide dealer network, standard 3 years / 120,000 km warranty and 3 years / 45,000 km service plan, you do not have to worry about frequent trips to mechanics.

The new Corsa has received the best buy car of Europe 2020 award from AUTOBEST that shows its class and dependability. The price starts at R274,900 and goes all the way to R294,900 for the top trim level. (Prices correct at time of publication.)

If you’re looking for a new hatchback, be sure to check out the MotorHappy blog, home to our in-depth car reviews. The best way to prepare for the purchase of a new car is by doing research!

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