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Buying Used Opel Corsa

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Opel Corsa

The Corsa is not much of a looker, especially five years after it was phased out. Prices are low comparitively and rival those of hatchbacks

General Motors launched the Opel Corsa in the year 2000 where it joined the Astra which had seen some success. The Corsa that came to India was based on the previous generation that General Motors had been selling in Europe.

The car looks dated now in comparison to the newer and modern sedans, but then it never was a good looking car and the small headlamps give it a bugeyed look. Straight lines of the car don’t help much either and even the interiors look more than a couple of generations old.

Avoid

Although the car was in production for a little over five years, its best to avoid the early models, especially the 1.6. It will take a toll on your pocket and high mileage variants are best avoided. Look out for tbe special edition variants like the Elite. It came loaded with equipment and features and for the kind of money it costs to buy these now, its a bargain.

Although the car was in production for a little over five years, its best to avoid the early models, especially the 1.6. It will take a toll on your pocket and high mileage variants are best avoided. Look out for tbe special edition variants like the Elite. It came loaded with equipment and features and for the kind of money it costs to buy these now, its a bargain.

The Corsa came with two engine options, a 1.4-litre variant which produced a healthy 88bhp and a bigger 1.6-litre variant which produced 92bhp. Neither of the engines is really known for being fuel efficient with the 1.4 returning close to 9kmpl in the city and 13kmpl on the highway runs.

The bigger 1598cc motor gives the car better performance than the smaller 1.4 but it is still less efficient, returning around 8kmpl in the city traffic conditions and approximately 11kmpl out on the highway.

The Corsa has comparatively small dimensions, making it easy to manoeuvre in choc-a-bloc traffic. The downside is that there isn’t much room inside. It can seat four adults comfortably but even one more individual leads to discomfort. In the front the seats are low and limit visibility. The Corsa rides well at low speeds and remains comfortable.

At high speeds too there is not much change in its demeanour, all thanks to the soft suspension settings, with the car able to keep most road irregularities out. On the handling front to the Corsa isn’t too bad.

The build quality of the car is among the best and everything from the plastics in the cabin to the lustre of the paint feels nice. Boot space at 390 litres is a little on the low side though.

Alternatives

Ford Ikon The Ford Ikon is placed similarly in the used car market. It is cheap to buy, is a touch cramped on the inside and as fuel efficient as the Corsa. It is easy to find a used one with relatively low mileage. Stay away from early examples and go in for the 1.3 ROCAM engined variant. It is more fuel efficient than the 1.6 and has similar driving dynamics which appeal to the enthusiast. What also goes in the Ikon’s favour is that it still is in production and with Ford having reduced spares prices and service costs it makes more sense to buy if Corsa is not to your liking.

Verdict

The Corsa is a really cheap car to buy secondhand. It is a sturdy and well built car that will last a lifetime. That is not to say that a badly abused example will serve you well. Also since it is out of production now, we recommend it to those who are looking at a short-term buy. Spares are expensive and not easily available. Even in local workshops, non-genuine spares prices have been rising. It can even be a first car for someone who doesn’t want a hatchback or doesn’t mind a rather low efficiency.

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