Hot, Hotter, Hottest!

In the very competitive hot hatchback segment, the Opel Corsa GSI makes quite a statement, with its daring good looks and impressive power under the bonnet. Williams Hunt Midrand showcases this little firecracker to perfection, and we enjoyed the chance to take it for a spin.

The Concept:

A pretty, powerful, and pampered hatchback, the Corsa GSI offers a brilliant combination between fiery personality and comfortable drive.

The Looks:

With similar good looks to the rest of the Corsa range, the GSI gets a bit of special treatment with more aggressively styled air intakes, a bonnet scoop, and sexy 16-inch wheels. The interior also boasts fine leather seating on Recaro performance sports seats, and a classic, well-laid out interior. With its two-door cheek, the Corsa GSI looks like it’s about to rock your socks off – and it would be right!

The Feel:

The Recaro sport seats are very comfortable, firstly, but they also make you feel a little daring. Together with the oomph that comes from under the bonnet, there is a really thrilling aspect to this little car. It looks a lot sleeker and more suave than its more conservative siblings, and in general, feels a whole lot more responsive. It’s a joy sitting behind the steering wheel – and even though I found the turning circle to be annoyingly big – there was really very little to complain about!

The Features:

Since its sport-oriented, the GSI comes packed with OPC suspension, braking and exterior enhancements. Still, a full leather interior, climate control, electronic stability control, hill start assist, and a nifty seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system all comprise the features list. Not too bad for such a small car – it also has six premium speakers, and Isofix car seat tethers.  That’s pretty much everything needed!

The Drive:

The GSI has a 1.4-liter turbo engine fitted that makes 110 kW of power and 220 Nm of torque. Using a six-speed manual, the GSI is relatively responsive. With a little turbo lag in first gear, once you hit second, you are actually flying. This little car is eager to please, and it pulls off strongly – it also handles admirably, with superb control around corners (especially at higher speeds) and with great confidence on even slightly slippery surfaces. You can hear and feel bumps from the road, but not in a distracting way – it’s just that when you are driving this car, you are so focused on what it feels like, that you are actually part of the vehicle itself. What a thrill!

The Score:

The Corsa GSI is feisty and fun, and we love it so much we happily give it 8.5 crowns out of 10.

Where to Find It:

Take the Corsa GSI for a spin from Williams Hunt Midrand:

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