It's proved to be the ultimate bestseller. The Opel Corsa has been on sale for 34 years. In that time, four generations of the Corsa have come and gone, with over 12.4 million vehicles sold. The fifth generation is now on the market, and our man Emmanuel Schäfer is about to take one for a spin.
The new Corsa is just a fraction over 4 metres long. We're testing a 1.4-liter gasoline version with 74 kilowatts of power. That allows the Corsa to go from 0 to 100 kilometers an hour in 11 seconds, and reach a top speed of 185 kilometres per hour. Our model sells for just under 17 thousand euros in Germany.
Emmanuel Schäfer, Car Tester
Emanuel says the new Corsa's suspension has nothing in common with its predecessor. All the components are new and he can feel that too. He says it feels much better planted on the road.
That's partly because the body now sits 5 millimetres lower. The newly developed steering also makes a big difference.
The cabin is simple and uncluttered. You won't find any particularly innovative features here or expensive-looking fittings. But the interior offers plenty of space all round.
He says the new Corsa offers a variety of driver assists, some included in the standard features. One of those is the City Mode, which gives you extra power assistance on the steering when driving at lower speeds. Then there's the Hill Start Assist, which stops the car rolling back for 2 seconds when you set off. Features that other carmakers charge a lot for.
All in all: the Corsa success story looks set to continue, now in its fifth generation.