The Opel Corsa 120Y is a multi-dimensional pocket rocket – the GSi could take a leaf out of its book. Though docile looking on the outside – its performance figures are hardly testament of its sporty innuendo. But before I get to the performance bits, let’s look at some of the finer details.

In essence, the 120Y Limited Edition model is the Corsa 1.0T Enjoy with the optional extras ticked as standard features – these include a reverse camera, front & rear PDC, and all-around brake disks.

The Opel Corsa’s cabin interior is profoundly comfortable: a neatly executed architecture lends it as both stylish and intuitive in functionality. Boasting a Premium 6-speaker sound system, a 7” IntelliLink Media Infotainment Touchscreen, Bluetooth smart device connectivity with the added convenience of a voice-prompt multifunction steering wheel. Taking for granted that poor ergonomics can cause the driver’s level of concentration to wane, from inside the Corsa, peripheral visibility is excellent, the world around you approaches at an assimilable rate of anticipation. An independent front-axle suspension with MacPherson struts and a compound crank with torsion-tube design rear-axle suspension provides both impressive ride comfort and buoyancy – deflecting the most rugged tarmac. With an ample rate of brake-pedal pressure to trail-brake, and roll the load-transfer over the front-tyres in a high-speed cornering scenario: imbues with the sensation that the car is rotating on a solid axis. Thanks to a low-centre of gravity, precise steering profile, juxtapose with palpable levels of grip fed-back from the 195/55/R16 tyres – body-roll is minimal. Straight line speed is more than adequate, the 66kw, 999cc, three-pot, turbocharged engine easily out performs many normally aspirated bigger engine opponents, with 170nm of torque to row through a slick shifting 6-speed manual gearbox – the Corsa 120Y is too much fun not to drive it like you stole it. Yet fuel efficient – 5.2l/100km was my personal best. Ranked as one of the safest vehicles in the world, standard safety driver aids include six airbags, two pairs of ISOFIX baby-chair anchors, an impact dispersing body-shell, ABS/EBD, Brake-assist, Hill-hold control, and E.S.P has earned it a 5-Star EuroNCAP safety rating. Parents pay attention, don’t put your children’s lives at risk, by buying them an entry level car that has the structural integrity of a soda-can – as well as value-for-money – R274 000 is a small premium for that extra peace-of-mind that your loved ones are safe on the road.

Written by Dean Joseph