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Opel Corsa 1.4 Sport-Linea: Your Personalized Small Car
October 27, 2011   
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An attractive look and extensive functionality, combined with reliability and a variety of personalized extras—these are the main reasons why the new Opel Corsa is a popular choice among small car owners.

The Corsa, which is classified into the B segment (small cars), is a key model for General Motors as it accounts for almost a third of all Opel/Vauxhall cars the corporation sells.

The vehicle’s history dates back to 1982 when Opel showed this small city car for the first time. A long time has passed since then and many new generations of the Corsa—marked with the successive letters of the alphabet—have hit showrooms. In July 2006, the fourth-generation Corsa, marked with the letter D, was unveiled at a motor show in London. This year the car underwent a slight facelift—one largely limited to the front. The look of the headlights and the grille and the shape of the front bumper were modified. More far-reaching changes were concealed from prying eyes. A range of new engines is now available, including an EcoFlex diesel. The steering system and suspension have also been modified to give the Corsa a competitive edge over its B-segment rivals.

The Corsa is 3,990 mm in length, 1,713 mm in width, and 1,488 mm in height. It is available in two body versions, five- and three-door, with a variety of engines of different capacities, including three gasoline units, a turbo-gasoline engine, and two turbodiesels. Customers can choose from among four trim levels: Essentia, Enjoy, Cosmo, and Sport. In addition, everyone can have their car customized in line with their preferences using an optional package of extras.

The test-drive model was a three-door Corsa fitted with a 1.4l/101 hp engine and the Sport-Linea extras package. It looked great, with two white stripes running from the hood through the roof all the way to the trunk lid—giving it a slightly rakish sleekness.

Other distinctive features included white side mirrors and 17-inch (!) white aluminum wheels. The interior matched the bodywork in style, with a two-color (black and orange) dashboard, white air vent rings, and a white center console. The interior was large (at least by B-segment standards) and exceptionally well equipped with comfort and safety features. Extras include a Touch & Connect multimedia audio/information system featuring a five-inch color touchscreen, a navigation system with maps of 28 countries, Bluetooth technology, and USB and iPod connectivity.

The smallest Opel also offers other innovative technologies rare in its segment, such as Adaptive Forward Lighting (AFL), a Hill Assist system, and a heated steering wheel. Standard equipment includes the ABS/ESP system and a set of airbags.

The Corsa has yet another big mark in its favor. Last year’s Faults Report by Dekra, a German organization that examines the safety and reliability of vehicles, found this model to be the most reliable among all new cars tested.

Bartosz Grzybiński
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