Loving Motoring: The Power and the Glory of new Opal Corsa-e

By Declan Glynn

Opel has been producing cars for over 120 years and has always made technology available to a wide audience of car buyers. 

The new Corsa-e offers state-of-the-art electric mobility and, with a range of up to 337 km’s, the five-door, five-seat Corsa-e is suitable for unconstrained everyday use.

The 50 kWh battery can be fast-charged to 80 per cent of its capacity in 30 minutes, which means that the new Corsa-e is the fastest charging car in its market segment. 

The Corsa-e is prepared for all charging options – via cable, wallbox or high-speed charging – and the battery is covered by an eight-year warranty. 

The state-of-charge can be checked with the “myOpel” app, so that charging times and costs can be optimized at all times. Furthermore, the driver can choose from three driving modes – Normal, Eco and Sport. 

Sport increases responsiveness and driving dynamics, with a moderate loss of driving range. 

Suitably Impressive

While I was very impressed by the overall breadth of talents of the new Opel Corsa in diesel guise a few weeks back, I was really looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the new, fully electric Corsa-e. 

With the exception of some discreet ‘e’ badging it looks just like other models in the range, while the cars passenger space inside is identical too, with the 50kWh battery fitted to the floor for added practicality. 

Car on Review

My review car was a new Opel Corsa-e SC model, which looked very elegant in striking Hot Red two-coat premium paint. 

A huge array of standard features adorn the SC model, key amongst which are a 7” colour touchscreen Navigation, 7” digital driver information cluster, electronic climate control, keyless start, rain-sensitive windscreen wipers, automatic headlight control, automatic anti-dazzle rear-view mirror, electric parking brake and  rear parking sensors.

Driving Dynamics

Powered by a synchronous electric motor with a permanent magnet and a 50kWh lithium-ion battery, the Corsa-e needs only 2.8 seconds to sprint from zero to 50 km/h, and only 8.1 seconds from zero to 100 km/h – a match for many sports cars.

 With 136bhp and 280Nm of instant torque available from the electric motor, a top speed of 150km/h is obtainable.

While the Corsa-e weighs more than its conventionally-powered siblings, Opel’s engineers have compensated for this with a revised suspension set-up, which provides the car with a comfortable ride quality. 

Cabin & Boot Space

Cabin comfort in the Corsa-e is impressive, with enough space on offer to keep occupants from complaining, while the cars clear, concise and well-built dashboard ensures driver enjoyment too. There is a useful 267-litres of space in the Corsa’s boot when the rear seat backs are in the upright position, but this can be expanded to a healthy 1,042-litres when the seat backs are folded.

Immediate Delivery

The new Opel Corsa-e SC is priced at €26,814, which is inclusive of the current VRT relief and SEAI grant incentive, along with the temporarily reduced VAT rate of 21%. The Corsa-e Elite attracts a €3,335 premium over the SC, with both models available for immediate delivery. The all-new Opel Corsa is the future-ready German city car in every respect.

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