Now I’m not the biggest fan of the styling, I have to say. Perhaps it will transform into a serious looker with the upcoming OPC regalia attached to it. However, for now, I feel that the front grille is too low and the side and rear section is a bit too similar to the old car.
Inside, things are much improved with good quality surfaces, a modern fascia with the competent IntelliLink infotainment system, clear and easy-to-read instruments and comfortable seats, all wrapped in what is quite an airy cabin. The infotainment system with its application compatibility, Bluetooth and USB compatibility is very smartphone friendly and for the current generation, that’s crucial.
Is it practical?
In terms of practical space, the new Corsa has the same boot size as the car it replaces but in terms of passenger and drive room it is more capacious. There are also several cup holders and a decent-size glove compartment and as we’ve found out in the past, it’s all the little things that make a car either very average or very good within its segment.
Is it nice to drive?
In terms of the drive quality and handling the new Corsa is very impressive with a newfound level of refinement and comfort, bringing it more in line with the rest of the segment, which has come along in leaps and bounds in terms of quality and driver satisfaction. The handling isn’t hot-hatch sharp but then again, it wasn’t intended to be; instead, it strikes a good balance between grip and compliance.
The engine and gearbox is perhaps the highlight of the package, not something I could have said about previous Opel products. The 1.0-litre turbocharger three-cylinder petrol motor is a gem with 85kW/170Nm, which makes performance more than adequate, while consumption, oddly enough, was lower than when we drove the smaller, lighter Adam with returns of 6.8 litres/100km versus the 5.0 litres/100km claim.
The gearbox is one of the first to come from the General Motors powertrain improvement and development programme and what a pleasant departure it is from the shifters of old.
The new Corsa is a product that’s really taken that famous badge it wears, back to the heights that it deserves. It is comfortable, competitively priced and exhibits great quality. The only problem is, many of its rivals provide a similar experience so to excel in this segment one has to be exceptional and as good as it is, the Corsa is by no means, exceptional.