Test: The electric European Opel Corsa aspires to what the Brazilians did not |  Measurements

Test: The electric European Opel Corsa aspires to what the Brazilians did not | Measurements

Since then PSA bought Opel from GMin 2016, “orphans” of Corsa, Astra and Zafira the dream of the return of cars made by the German brand for the Brazilian market. Sorry to disappoint you, but the chance of something like this happening is as high as Germany doing 7×1 in Brazil again.

If used as a consolation prize, individual game he went to Holland drive the sixth generation Corsa in an electric versioncalled (how creative) e-Corsa. The unit evaluated is the top of the line version, the GS, with practicality all options offered by Opelincluding a heated steering wheel, tinted rear windows and fog lights.

Until then, the price jumps from 34,000 euros to more than 40,000 exaggeratedabout 4 thousand euros more than the value of Peugeot e-208 GT, similar to the one sold in Brazil, and only slightly compared to the Opel Mokka-e, a crossover that already embodies the brand’s recent graphic identity. Naturally, the fact that three share 136 hp electric motor.

in Corsa, autonomy in the WLTP cycle is 359 km. In practice, that number drops to about 270 km. THE CMP platform it is also common for three. Unfortunately, it’s not the first time the Corsa has shared ground with rivals.

The Opel Corsa uses the same platform as the Peugeot 208 — Photo: André Paixão/Autoesporte

The fourth and fifth generations, which did not reach Brazil, were the “cousins” of the Punto, due to the partnership between GM, the former owner of Opel, and Fiat. Although in different hands, The Corsa remains one of the European favourites. In the Netherlands, it is among the 15 best-selling trams. Leader? Peugeot e-208. So is it worth spending more on an almost identical car? It depends.

The current Corsa still it brings several features that harken back to the times when Opel was owned by GM. Brazilians’ appetite kicks in as soon as they enter the small area. The arrow keys and ventilation commands were retained from the “pre-PSA” phase. The dashboard, facing the driver, is another surprising feature.

The headlight selector is still from when Opel belonged to GM – Photo: André Paixão/Autoesporte

But there was time for Peugeot to put its stamp on the Corsa. The door handles, gear selector lever and multimedia center come from other French models. Even with the car tower of Babel, the building is very beautiful and has excellent finishing. Here in Brazil, the only hatchback with this sophistication is… the Peugeot 208.

The gear selector is the same as in Peugeot cars — Photo: André Paixão/Autoesporte

The French also lend the Corsa a set of propulsion, designed by engine up to 136 hp, 26.5 kgfm and battery 50 kWh. This combination can be seen on our streets with the 208 and in the e-Jumpy and e-Expert vans. The range, which follows the WLTP standard, is 359 km.

For journey between Amsterdam and Brussels, the capital of Belgium, this number was around 230 km. Since the route is about 210 km, a recharge break seemed prudent. And at that time, the gap between the structure of Brazil and that of Europe became obvious.

In the selected post, the last one before crossing the border with Belgium, eight devices were found. Seven of them were the super fast 350 kW type. Translate: in one charging station in the Netherlands there are more chargers of this type than in all of Brazil.

The Opel Corsa has the same interior dimensions as the 208 sold in Brazil — Photo: André Paixão/Autoesporte

Along the road, we saw at least five other similar sites. Using this charger, 80% of battery power is restored in just 30 minutes. The abundance of super fast chargers only happens because, in addition to having the needs, the Europeans are already paying for the energy usedwhich justifies the cost of installing the structure.

In our case, each kWh costs 0.62 euros (BRL 3.14, in direct conversion). When we use 15.5 kWh, the account was closed for less than 10 eurosor around R$50.

Opel Corsa can be loaded on faster equipment — Photo: André Paixão/Autoesporte

In addition to the large charging structure, The Netherlands and Belgium have paved roads in common, rude drivers and inappropriate signage. we stayed away from the Corsa’s 150 km/h maximum, but we could see the behavior in the acceleration and rebooting in faster ways. Opel says that the 1,530 kg hatch takes 8.1 seconds to go from zero to 100 km/h – a score slightly better than that of the 1.0 turbo combustion engine.

On the wheel, The e-Corsa makes it clear that it weighs 300 kg more. Road performance is satisfactory; however, if the driver selects Sport Mode or presses harder on the right pedal, the range drops. So, the smartest way to use the Opel is to control the acceleration and take advantage of the energy recovery when braking via the B mode of the gear selector – a behavior often seen in European urban centres.

In big cities, agility is desirable, as well steering adjustment and suspension with compact dimensions. So it’s easy to understand why we saw so many examples on the streets of Amsterdam and Brussels. With these features, it would certainly please the Brazilians as well. For now, we are left with this missing what we didn’t live.

Compact bodywork is ideal for rough streets, like those in Europe – Photo: André Paixão/Autoesporte

Opel Corsa-e

Engine: electric, front
Transmission: direct transmission
Power: 136 hp
Torque: 26.5 kgfm
Operation: electric
Suspension: Independent, McPherson (front) and torsion axle dependent (rear).
Brakes: ventilated discs (front) and hard discs (rear)
Tires: 195/55 R16
Range: 359 km (WLTP)
Battery: 50 kWh
Weight: 1,530 kg
Multimedia: 10 inches, touch sensitive
Trunk: 267 l
Height: 4.06 m
Wheel base: 2.54 m
Width: 1.76m
Height: 1.43 m

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