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With modern engines and packed with assistance systems marched the new Opel Corsa the small car segment. Where it meets first on the Ford Fiesta. comparison

With strapping 115 hp of a charged one-liter, three-cylinder, the new Opel Corsa to the first photo appointment at the AUTOZEITUNG advances to. The mint-colored five-door exudes energy and freshness, the muscular front with the headlights swept slyly seems winning smile. Of course we want but do not make it the newcomer in the small car segment too easy, because what the crisp Rüsselsheimer now can - connect smart three cylinders liveliness and economy - one on the other candidate has long been on it: A bright red Ford Fiesta requests the Opel out.

Opel Corsa 2014: The new model looks very modern

And even if the grille mouth by Cologne bit grumpy hanging down, the bare figures do speak for him - 125 hp turbo-triple of the Fiesta, and it should consume only 4.3 liters per 100 km according to factory. The ten horsepower weaker Corsa comes to an EU fuel consumption of 4.9 liters. The calculation here is not yet over: the top three cylinders can be had at Ford with the expensive titanium equipment, while the strong Opel is withhold only the basic equipment selection.

The weaker 100-horsepower version of the Fiesta is there a deeper equipment line, but still not in the basic version. Meanwhile, the 90-hp version of the new turbo three-cylinder to have finally also in the entry-level Corsa. Viewed over the entire engine range, Corsa and Fiesta are priced but at eye level. The new Opel has the Ford still well ahead: In addition to a completely redesigned chassis and modernized engine range it offers, especially in the rear more space, is more effective processes and clear user-friendly than the Fiesta.

A strong share of this carries the Adam from the known IntelliLink touchscreen infotainment system that is easy to understand and depending on equipment level to the really powerful communicator and entertainer is. As of the equipment variant Edition IntelliLink is for reasonable additional cost of 300 euros on board - who wants to upgrade the basic Corsa such a computer on wheels, ready hold has 950 euros.

The system with seven-inch monitor offers among others, the ability to mirror selected smartphone content on the display and play back images or video from a USB source, as well as Internet radio or podcasts via app, app-based navigation, Apple Siri- voice control and other Internet-era tricks. The system is of course compatible with both Apple iOS and Android devices.

but the new Opel Corsa is also in other respects very modern: numerous assistance systems leads Rüsselsheim as a novelty in its segment - to increase with the clear objective of security and functionality for the targeted audience. Dead-angle and collision warning, distance display, traffic sign recognition and lane departure assist the driver in turmoil by the everyday traffic madness. An auto-dimming Beam Assistant makes night driving in conjunction with the optional bi-xenon headlamps for light exercise.

hip inner-city shopping pleasure? - Then invest earlier in the automatic steering parking assist and rear view camera. A hill-start assist and the electric power steering that switches by pressing a button on a smoother City- mode, are already on board as standard. The Ford Fiesta is not there already a good while with, and even Volkswagen Polo Class Primus swings in the specialties of the new Corsa the white flag. Only with the comfort features of the Opel the competition can keep up adequately.

Heated windscreen and heated steering wheel or a bright panorama roof can also be found in one form or another in the competition - which we, the noble ambient lighting in the interior of the Corsa also again only for higher classes and lifestyle cars à la Audi A1 or mini know. The first encounter with Opel's Last leaves the voltage increased in any case to a comparison test.

FORD FIESTA 1.0 EcoBoost
OPEL CORSA 1.0 DI TURBO ecoTEC
125 hp115 hp
front-wheel drivefront-wheel drive
0-100 km / h in 9.4 s0-100 km / h in 10.3 s
Top 196 km / hTop 195 km / h
4.3 l S / 100 km4.9 L S / 100 km
Base Price: 18,750 EUR
Base Price: 17,140 EUR

Johannes Riegsinger