Time has really done Corsa a lot of good. Admittedly, I was never a fan of the Corsa B; maybe it is because it resembled a bubble and, at that time, smaller hatchbacks like the Citi Golf were still ruling the roost in terms of popularity on the roads.
Well, things have changed. The new fifth generation Corsa has really decided to flip the table and it means business. It’s available in 3 specification model; the Essentia, Enjoy and Cosmo, running up the spec order, in that order.
The new Corsa’s interior really is about a hundred times better than the car it replaces. Not that the interior was bad, it’s just that this is so much better. The steering wheels and gauge cluster, which looks like it also comes from the ADAM, is an easy to read, easy to navigate and is just generally a good working piece of kit. It’s nice to see a bit of good digital tech going into the more affordable cars. The seats are a cloth/vinyl type of material and are a little hard for my liking, but will more than likely settle in after a few thousand kays. The Intelli-link infotainment system really makes it easy to play your music from your multimedia devices. The phone pairing is also one of the quickest systems we’ve sampled and can have you connected in under 10seconds, if you know what you are doing.
The new 1.0l 85kw 3 pot turbocharged engine is the real gem of the new Corsa. It eagerness to go is astounding. Granted, in certain situations you will have to drop a gear or two to overtake, but it does it with ease and it just happily chugs along. At the end of the day, you need to realize that it’s a 1.0l engine and there is more volume in a 2l coke bottle. Fuel consumption figures are pretty decent when you stick to the national speed limit and we did see figures as low as 4.6l/100km when keeping the speeds under 100kph on the open road. It does, however, jump up to a tad over 5 at 110/120kph, though. It’s simply amazing how a petrol engine can have the consumption figures of a diesel and, in the end, it’s a much better, much cleaner and greener fuel.
Although it scored an NCAP 4, the new Corsa is still an extremely safe car with an array of safety equipment. This Cosmo model comes standard with Bi-Xenon headlamps, which will give perfect night time visibility. They actually work very well at night. The Side Blind alert system, which is basically a relatively new feature in vehicles of this class, was first seen on the Funky Adam, and has been brought over to the Corsa, too. This will basically inform you that there is a vehicle in your blind spot, whether it’s right or left from you. The system is active till 140kph and will stay illuminated at speeds above that. Standard equipment includes ABS with EBD and BAS, adaptive brake lights and auto hazards on, in case of emergency braking. There are also 6 airbags and a very decent Electronic stability control programme. ISOfix child points are obviously also fitted in the rear with pre-tentioned seatbelts up front.
The New Corsa, with its smooth lines and attractive front end, is here to stay and that 1.0l ecoflex is a real gem. We expect to see plenty on the roads pretty soon.
Corsa 1.0T Essentia R 185 500
Corsa 1.0T Enjoy R 216 200
Corsa 1.0T Cosmo R 236 300
Corsa Essentia Option Pack 1: Radio with Bluetooth & USB, AC R 12,200
Corsa Essentia Option Pack 2: IntelliLink, AC, 15” alloy wheels R 15,600
Corsa Enjoy Option Pack 1: IntelliLink R 4,000
Corsa Enjoy Option Pack 2: IntelliLink, Advanced Park Assist 2 R 8,000
Corsa Cosmo Option Pack 1: Advanced Park Assist 2 R 5,000