Opel has totally upstaged the small car market with a new Corsa that raises the brand’s potential by more than a few notches over its competition. This new Corsa, which just launched in Ireland last month, is impressively different to the car it replaces, both in terms of styling and features. The new model has an overall richer feel to it.

Existing Corsa drivers will instantly get the feel of something different. The layout and design of the dash and the overall touch of the car’s interior features show that this new model has jumped strides ahead, placing Opel’s small car into a new league. The car has gone from being an also-ran to a real competitor for the Ford Fiesta, Toyota Yaris, Renault Clio and Volkswagen Polo, while offering more engine choices than Toyota’s hybrid Yaris.