Overview: highlights of the new Opel Corsa E

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The Corsa has not only come closer to the smaller Adam in terms of design and has thus been significantly beautified in the 5th generation, a lot has also happened in Opel’s bestseller in terms of drive and driver assistance.


New engines: 1-liter 3-cylinder petrol
A few weeks ago, the 1.4 Turbo ecoFLEX petrol engine with 100 hp / 74 kW, manual 6-speed gearshift and automatic stop-start was available for the first test drives for a first driving report on With 200 Nm, it is the “torque peak” of the current petrol lineup in the new Corsa E. Even on country roads, you can make quick progress without having to constantly go full throttle on inclines.

The drive highlight is a completely newly developed 3-cylinder petrol engine. The direct-injection downsizing unit with 90 or 115 hp should only consume 4.3 to 4.9 liters on average. In addition to the two petrol engines, the revised 1.3 CDTI with 95 or 75 hp as a 5-speed manual gearbox is the only diesel in the engine lineup. Opel was also innovative with the “Easytronic 3.0″, an automated 5-speed gearbox (in the 1.4 petrol engine with 90 hp), which is now supposed to do without “nods” and major interruptions in traction. (Only 575 EUR). For the time being only for the 1.4 petrol engine with 90 is a 6-speed automatic converter (new in the Corsa) available. An overview of all currently available engines can be found here.

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Traffic sign recognition in the new Corsa E

Driver assistance: a surprising number of choices for the compact class
While driver assistance systems are now available in almost every new car, at least in the form of a cruise control, the range of assistance options in the new Corsa is impressive. The competition in the comparable class often only has automatic headlights and wipers or perhaps an emergency brake assistant, but the Corsa offers much more. From Opel’s higher vehicle classes, traffic sign recognition, a lane assistant, a blind spot warning system and a high-beam assistant have made it into the popular small car. The systems can be ordered in 2 separate driver assistance packages.

Inexpensive previous models
With every model change, the introduction of the new generation of the Corsa is of course associated with particularly low prices for used vehicles. The Corsa D, which is still quite attractive in terms of looks, can currently be found in the relevant used car markets at attractive prices.

On the right the original Corsa, on the left the Corsa B.

On the right the original Corsa, on the left the Corsa B.

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