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Alongside the Astra, the Corsa is the most important volume model from Opel. No other car in its class was sold in Germany in 2007. No wonder: the little one has grown up.

By Jürgen Wolff

The Opel Corsa no longer has much to do with the generic term “small car”: In terms of dimensions, it now easily rivals the VW Golf III of yore. And not only in terms of size - in terms of design, the formerly rounded “women's car” is now more reminiscent of its big brother, the Opel Astra. The front headlights no longer look gently almond-eyed but really a bit nasty. The body is boldly and dynamically structured along its length with clear fold lines. And the rear lights with their massive teardrop shape also shape the rear more clearly than before.

Small coupe

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Especially the three-door, which Opel has given its own look from the windshield, almost looks like a small coupé. The inner size has long since reached the earlier golf level. At least at the front there is plenty of space for heavier passengers: the seats can also be adjusted for basketball players up to two meters. Thanks to the height-adjustable steering wheel and the ergonomically placed pedals, giants can easily get over longer laps.

As a three-door model, the Corsa has all the associated advantages and disadvantages. The advantages are: The doors can be opened wide, and entry at the front is correspondingly easy. The disadvantages: stepping through to the rear is rather difficult despite the easy-entry function of the front seats; To close the large doors you have to lean far outwards until you reach the handle, the seat belts are also quite far back. And you should choose your parking space with plenty of space on both sides, as the wide-swinging doors require a lot of air space. In addition, sitting in the back is not really comfortable: The sloping roofline limits the headroom for anyone over 1.80. And when the front seats are pushed far back, the knee space is also tight. You shouldn't expect more than two adult Central Europeans to do that anyway.

Coherent optics

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You can feel all the more comfortable up front in the Opel Corsa. The new, two-tone design looks fresh and bright - even if the imitation piano lacquer on the center console in the higher equipment versions is certainly not to everyone's taste. Everything else fits: the instruments are easy to read and harmonize with the look, the switches and buttons are arranged sensibly and are easy to reach - everything looks tidy.

There is also an illuminated make-up mirror on the driver's side. And the operation is intuitive - you don't have to learn the manual by heart to get by here. As with all Opel indicators and windshield wiper levers, it takes getting used to - they work by contact without noticeably engaging. And there should also be a few more shelves. At Opel, however, you don't have to say many words about the solid workmanship.

Poor all-round visibility

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The view from the driver's seat is less than optimal. In bright sunshine, the top of the dashboard is annoyingly reflected in the windshield. Up front you have a good overview of what is happening on the road, but you need a lot of feeling and experience to get a sense of where the Corsa is actually starting when parking. The view at an angle to the side is obstructed by the wide A-pillars. And even to the rear you usually have to let more ideas and feelings prevail than is good. The optional parking sensors are by no means a luxury - especially since they are offered in a package with the annoyingly non-standard ESP (450 euros).

The 15 centimeters that the Corsa has grown compared to its predecessor benefited the passengers in particular. The trunk volume with full seating has only grown slightly by 25 liters to 285 liters. That is not lavish - but it is still in the normal range of the vehicle class. The koda Fabia has a volume of 300 liters, while the Peugeot 207 offers a little less with 270 liters. After all, Opel has given some thought to how this space can be used sensibly. There is space for odds and ends in a compartment under the base plate. And the trunk itself can be divided horizontally.

No excessive driving fun

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There are few difficulties with loading: the large tailgate swings open, the height of the loading sill is not a problem, at least from the outside - if you want to unload things, you first have to lift them from the low-lying trunk floor over the drop side. And if you are tall and not careful, you can easily bump your head on the protruding lock on the raised rear door. Thanks to the asymmetrically divided and foldable rear seat, you can easily get up to 1050 liters of storage space - but without a flat floor.

With the 1.4-liter gasoline engine, the Corsa is still just as acceptable. With a gross vehicle weight of just under 1.6 tonnes, 66 kW / 90 PS do not exactly ensure excessive driving pleasure. The Corsa needs 12.4 seconds to reach a speed of 100, more than 173 km / h is not possible - especially since it can only be reached very slowly on the last stretch. Especially when it comes to overtaking, there should be a bit more liveliness. After all, the four-cylinder runs smoothly and civilized and is not unduly loud even at higher speeds. Opel is quite optimistic about the consumption of 5.9 liters of super per 100 km - in everyday life it is better to calculate one liter more, even with a less brisk driving style.

Missing ESP annoying

The Corsa is much more comfortable to drive than its predecessor. The road holding is impeccable, it pulls reliably and at best with a slight and good-natured understeer around the corners - that ESP is only offered at an extra charge is still an impertinence. The suspension was designed rather tightly, coarser bumps are sometimes passed on to the passengers. The gears are precisely guided and match the characteristics of the engine well.

The new steering has become significantly better: more direct, more precise, less vague. As before, however, it gives too little feeling of the road. The 1.4-liter Corsa costs at least 14,800 euros, but is unlikely to roll off the line - too much is missing. Air conditioning, ESP, head airbags - all for an extra charge. After all, there is a car that has grown up for that.

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