Zapping Auto Moto Renault Rafale: first contact with the large SUV cut from the Losange
Let’s focus for a moment on this new design which transforms the German by replacing its sober and classic front face with the famous Opel Vizor which appeared on the Mokka in 2021. The latter, entirely designed automatically with this design element, has made unanimity in terms of style. Unfortunately, we can’t say the same about this new Corsa. This full-width, shiny black plastic strip is not easy to integrate onto a Corsa displaying, moreover, rather curved and unchanged lines. Let’s just say that the designers did their best but the adaptation was not so obvious.
The Corsa also receives new shields as well as new rims while the range is greatly simplified with only 2 finishing levels, Corsa and GS. It will be appropriate to upgrade to the latter to obtain the standard 16-inch alloy wheels or optional 17-inch ones as on our test model.
If the analog instrument cluster gives way to a 7-inch screen, the highlight is the infotainment screen which shrinks from 7 to 5 inches and shamefully goes without colors on entry-level thermal models. Our test model, in GS finish, receives a 10-inch screen with a new system with fairly average responsiveness. The model is also distinguished by a black pack which extends over the mirrors, the roof, the rims, the logo and the lettering. It’s a little too much for our taste, we must admit.
To return to the passenger compartment, the occupants will find themselves limited by the too tight trunk of 267 liters (309 liters on the thermal versions) while the space on board remains identical to the outgoing model. This means that adults will not be comfortable in the back. The Sport upholstery, standard on GS, is welcoming although a little firm in the seat.
The finish is just average. Without being poor, it does not work miracles with shiny plastics, sensitive to fingerprints, as well as many hard plastics. However, some foamed plastics find their place on the dashboard or the door panels, which also receive a little suede. If you want to benefit from the central console with the armrest, storage and cup holders, you will have to pay €500, regardless of the finish level. This seems a little petty to us for a Corsa GS Electric sold at €37,500.
14.6 kWh per 100 km
To go electric you have 2 choices, either the version equipped with the old 136 hp motor powered by the 50 gross kWh battery, or the new 156 hp motor and 51 gross kWh battery assembly (approximately 47 kWh net). The second requires a surplus of only €1,550 and we can only recommend it to you. In addition to the increased power and performance (0 to 100 km/h in 8.1 seconds compared to 8.7), the WLTP range is 50 km greater with 405 km.
On the road, the Corsa is true to itself, with slightly firm damping, containing body movements well, without being unpleasant on roads requiring repair. Performance is decent without ever being overwhelming and pickups are smooth, even in Sport mode which gives full power by default.
Normal mode, offering only 109 hp, is ultimately sufficient for use. If necessary, simply press the right pedal so that the 156 hp arrives and allows safer overtaking. On motorways, the presence of significant air noise, from 110 km/h, will be harmful on long journeys.
Where the Corsa performed fairly well was on wet roads, with a front axle that widened its trajectory quite quickly. In the dry, it’s much less sensitive, without disappearing, taking away some of the otherwise pleasant agility.
The strong point of the Corsa Electric GS is its consumption. This new gearbox engine assembly rewarded us, on our mixed route, with a consumption of 14.6 kWh per 100 km, or an estimated range of 322 km, far from the “up to 405 km WLTP” announced by Opel. The motorway section, the dynamic tests and the V-max of 150 km/h will have contributed to higher consumption than in normal use. Nevertheless, the first 30 kilometers of our route, urban and peri-urban, taken at normal pace, pleasantly surprised us with an average of 13 kWh.
Finally, on the charging side, as standard the Corsa comes with a 7.4 kW AC charger which can be increased to 11 kW as an option. As for fast charging, it takes 30 minutes from 20 to 80% thanks to the 100 kW charger.
The Opel Corsa Electric, by equipping itself with the new motor-battery assembly, greatly improves in terms of driving as well as in terms of autonomy. Much lighter than the Astra equipped in the same way, it would almost become more versatile, if not for its limited space on board.
· Increased performance
· Honest consumption
· Overall handling
We like less
· The new front
· Light air noise
· Many hard plastics
Version tested: €40,700
From €19,200 (thermal) and €36,050 (Electric)
Consumption during the test kWh/100 km) 14.6 Mixed consumption WLTP (l/100 km) 14.8 kWh
CO2 (g/km)/bonus 0 to €5,000
Fiscal power (CV) 4
Country of manufacture Spain
Warranty 3 years/100,000 km
Corsa Essence 75 ch, essence mHEV 48 V e-DCT6 100 ch, Electric 136 ch, Electric GS 156 ch
Engine: front, electric, 156 hp and 260 Nm.
Transmission: 2-wheel drive, front, automatic.
Poids (kg) 1469
Long.xlarg.xhaut. (m) 4,06×1,76×1,43
Wheelbase (m) 2,538
Turning diameter (m) 10.74
Vitesse maxi (km/h) 150
0 to 100 km/h (s) 8.2
AV-AR series tires 205/45 R17
Michelin Primacy 4 test tires
4/2-person trunk (l) 267 to 1042
Battery (kWh) 51
Techno Pack (Matrix lights, adaptive regulator) at €900, Comfort Pack (Central console with cup holders, central armrest and storage), €500
Peugeot e-208, Renault Zoe,
BMW 840i xDrive, 333 hp petrol, from €114,400
To sum up
Regularly placed in the European bestsellers, the Corsa is of capital importance for Opel which wishes to integrate it into the rest of the range by granting it the brand’s new gimmick, the famous Vizor. In addition, the city car can rely on the Stellantis group and draw on its bank of organs in order to equip it with more modern engines, thermal or electric. Conclusive? Our answers behind the wheel.
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