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Opel Corsa GSI

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GSi.

Your imagining smoking tyres and revving engines right? This range has been iconic for its high-performance vehicles that offer hours on hours of face-passed fun and it’s almost expected for Opel to continue this legendary range by bringing out a new addition to the family. The Opel Corsa GSi has become the talk, or should I say torque, of the town so I had been giddy about testing it out for myself and to satisfy the itch that this vehicle gave me since the moment I heard of it. Its feisty nature and affordable price tag means that it’s accessible and attractive for many people, it certainly ticked my boxes.

The Concept

Corsa is Italian for ‘race’ and who doesn’t like a little bit of speed every now and again? This is why I think this hot hatch is ideal for anyone looking for light-hearted fun around town. It’s marketed for a younger segment of people (we all know at least a handful of young gentlemen who’s cruising around town in one with a big set of doof-doof’s to make your window rattle) but I think it would be a perfect pocket rocket for a recently retired woman looking for some exciting adventures and doesn’t mind a few lingering gazes- which is something this vehicle will definitely provide.

The Look

The Corsa has a typical hot hatch look with two doors, short overhangs and 18-inch alloys, it also helps that they are available in a range of racy and spunky colours which is one of the reasons why it’s so wildly popular among youths. Two doors aren’t that practical but do help a lot with weight reduction and it does have an influence on the handling and confidence of the vehicle so who cares if your passengers are complaining about getting in out, just stuff them in the back and turn up the radio.  A sporty little roof spoiler and a chrome exhaust tip showcase the nimble hatch’s potential. A sports front bumper and side Rocker-Mouldings also enhances the GSi status.

The front definitely looks the high-performance part with a cheeky vent in the middle of the bonnet and grille, distinctively shaped headlights and air intakes on the front bumper. The Bi-Xenon headlights are enhanced with Cornering Lights, Headlight Levelling Control, Automatic On/Off Headlight Control with Tunnel Detection and Daytime Running which means your drive will always be brightly illuminated. Others would say that the Corsa’s appearance is dated but it think that like the best things in life, like wine and women, it only gets better and better.

The Feel

Opel has really taken their time when designing this vehicle and the evidence and fruitful product is evident inside in all the small detailing. An example of this is something that isn’t really considered in other vehicles, (with the exception of those lavish premium vehicles) - the driver’s foot area which not only has embroidered Velour floor mats but also Alloy Sport Pedals All seats are covered in Jet black Nappa leather for a racy and luxurious feel. The Recaro Performance front seats have a height adjustment and heating while the rear are able to split 60:50 to allow access to the 265-litre boot (1 120-litre when the rear seats are folded). A Flat-Bottomed Sports, Speed-Sensitive steering wheel sits nicely in the hand and is enhanced with Tilt & Telescopic Adjustability, Audio Controls and heating. Overall I like the interior its funky fresh with tons of cool little bells and whistles that contribute so much to the vehicle’s overall feel and aesthetic.

The Features

The 7-inch touchscreen IntelliLink infotainment system is equipped with Radio, Bluetooth Connectivity, USB, MP3, Auxiliary Input and six premium speakers. What I like about the Corsa and what makes it stand out from all the other hatches in this segment is the fact that it comes standard with a range of specs which would have you paying through your nose for on other vehicles. Electronic Climate Control, Power Front Windows with Express Up and Down, Power Adjustable and Manually Folding Side Mirrors, Cruise Control, Speed Limiter Control, Windscreen Wipers Moisture-Sensitive and a Defroster Heated Windscreen have all been integrated into the Corsa to provide you with a comfortable drive, every time.

It also has a range of safety and security features, including Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), Hill-Start Assist (HSA), Driver and Passenger Airbags, Front Seat Side Airbags, Curtain Airbags, Passenger Airbag De-Activation Switch, a Pedal Release System, ISOFIX Child Seat Anchorage, Dual Seatbelt Pre-Tensioners, Seatbelt Alert, Forward Collision Alert, Following Distance, Lane Departure Alert, Traffic Sign Recognition, an Anti-Theft Alarm and an engine immobiliser as well as Remote-Controlled Central Locking.

The Drive

This 1.4-litre engine produces 110kW of power and 220Nm of torque which is more than enough for a spirited drive, not the type of performance commonly associated with the GSi range, but an energetic drive nonetheless. Engineering element also helps with the sensation such as the stiff suspension which makes cornering feel sure-footed and assured. It has a claimed fuel consumption of 5.8-litre per 00km which is terrific but I might have been enjoying the vehicle’s thrills a wee too much as I achieved a number that is significantly higher. A six-way manual transmission combined with tyres that practically glue themselves to the road, it means that the fun won’t be stopping anytime soon, but don’t be doing doughnuts and handbrake turns anytime soon (or do but shh, don’t tell anyone that I told you so). Overall I must say that the Opel Corsa had been a pleasure to pilot – it offers a fun and light-hearted demeanor and in today’s day and age it’s refreshing to have a vehicle that offers pure fun and doesn’t just focus on achieving the quickest acceleration or highest NCAP rating.

Where to find it

If this hot hatch has caught your eye and you would like to know more about it, visit www.opel.co.za for more information.

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Journalist: Desh Bechan
Transcriber: Nita Stadler

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