The new Opel Crossland on test for Changing Lanes!

Opel Crossland Review

The new Opel Crossland on test for Changing Lanes!
The new Opel Crossland on test for Changing Lanes!

Caroline drives the Opel Crossland!

Someone got a new face! The Opel Crossland returns to Ireland to start a new life in the blossoming Opel range of crossovers and SUVs. A snazzy facelift for the Crossland in the shape of Opel’s new ‘Vizor’ face gives Crossland a more contemporary look, with no compromise to its spacious and practical cabin.

On sale from €22,795, the Crossland range speaks simplicity with a choice of petrol and diesel engines. It sits alongside the new Opel Mokka in Opel’s range, but offers a different vibe with more focus on practicality and some good value pricing in a simple range with three trim levels – SC, SRI and Elite.

What's new for the Opel Crossland?

You may recall the Opel Crossland X debuted in Ireland back in 2017. Now it’s dropped the ‘X’ from its name and the latest version arrives in Ireland at a time of rejuvenation in the Opel house. The new Opel Mokka, which we reviewed earlier this year for Changing Lanes, is the true style-setter and renaissance car for the brand. But the Crossland will carry the baton for a more traditional customer who values simplicity, practicality and ‘bang for your buck’.

The new Crossland goes on sale priced from €22,795 in Ireland
The new Crossland goes on sale priced from €22,795 in Ireland

The Crossland range kicks off with a 1.2-litre petrol engine with 83 bhp and a five speed manual gearbox. There is also a 1.5-litre diesel with 110 bhp and a petrol automatic with 130 bhp.

The Vizor face is striking and will only grow in recognition as this new generation of Opels hit the road over the coming months. There are some rugged crossover-style features like a silver skid plate and cladding around the wheel arches. The new Crossland also promises extra comfort, technology equipment and features an improved chassis.

What's it like inside?

The cabin is straightforward but features a touchscreen as standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. There is an elevated driving position behind the wheel, with large windows and windscreen making it bright and welcoming. A high roof line gives a real feeling of space and buyers will find a generous passenger compartment considering the price point of this car. The rear footwells are a good size for a compact. The boot also offers depth and a handy hatchback-style opening with capacity of 410 litres.

Standard equipment includes hill start assist, cruise control with speed limiter, lane departure warning, enhanced traffic sign recognition, 6 airbags, leather steering wheel, manual air conditioning, rain sensing windscreen, automatic lights, 7” touchscreen with Apple Car Play and Android Auto, DAB radio, USB connectivity and 12-volt socket.

Inside the new Opel Crossland
Inside the new Opel Crossland

The SRi model has park assist front and rear, rear view camera, AGR driver’s seat, 8-way driver seat adjustment with driver seat cushion extension and lumbar support, ambient white LED cabin lighting, driver’s armrest, half-leather effect upholstery trim, a painted two-tone roof, tinted rear privacy windows, silver skid plates, 16” alloy wheels and LED front fog lamps.

The range-topping Elite trim includes leather upholstery, AGR driver’s seat and passenger seat, 8-way passenger seat adjustment with seat cushion extension and lumbar support, heated front seats, heated leather steering wheel, electronic dual zone climate control, an upgraded central console with lidded storage, sliding split folding rear seats with armrest, a 3.52 colour driver instrument display, a rear 12-volt socket and 16” alloy wheel upgrade.

Driving the Crossland

My test car was powered by the 1.2-litre petrol engine with 83 bhp. It’s a basic engine but it does return competitive economy for a small petrol crossover. Over a week of driving my average fuel consumption was 6.1 litres per 100 km, while motor tax for this model is €210 per year.

It gets by on performance, with 0 to 100 km/h a leisurely 14 seconds in this entry level petrol model.

This car can amble along fine but if you do more motorway driving, the diesel will keep the revs down at cruising speeds. Certainly, keener drivers will favour the sharper and more fun to drive Opel Mokka.

The new Crossland offers buyers a simple and practical compact crossover
The new Crossland offers buyers a simple and practical compact crossover

Did you like it?

The Opel Crossland gets a little more than we usually expect when it comes to a revamp. The new Vizor face gives the car a more contemporary presence, but with no compromise to that practical interior.

The Crossland offers a simple range powered by petrol or diesel, but there is certainly value to be found here. With a good level of standard equipment, even entry models offer the essentials.

With a focus on space and practicality, the Crossland’s roots are more mini-MPV than SUV. This means the car’s design offers buyers a more spacious and practical vehicle.

It may not have the outright star appeal and uber-modern design of the Mokka, but Opel is confident that there is still a place for the Crossland in the showroom.

The new Opel Crossland on sale in Ireland now
The new Opel Crossland on sale in Ireland now

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Opel Crossland 1.2 Elite 
Price: 
€25,795
Engine: 
1.2-litre petrol
Power: 
83 hp
Torque: 
118 Nm
0-100km/h: 
14 seconds
Top speed: 
170 km/h
Fuel economy: 4.6-4.7 l/100 km
CO2 emissions (WLTP): 
135 g/km
Motor Tax: 
€210 per year


The new Opel Mokka-e on test for Changing Lanes

Opel Mokka-e Review

The new Opel Mokka-e on test for Changing Lanes
The new Opel Mokka-e on test for Changing Lanes

Read Caroline's Opel Mokka-e review for everything you need to know about Opel's new small electric SUV in Ireland.

What's so special about the Opel Mokka-e?

The Opel Mokka-e is Opel's new all-electric crossover. It will go on sale in Ireland in April, with petrol and diesel versions also available. Caroline tested the 2021 Opel Mokka-e around Dublin and Wicklow to find out more about this exciting new model for the Opel brand in Ireland! Opel has marketed the Opel Mokka in Ireland since 2012. At Changing Lanes, we've been lucky to follow the Mokka's journey since the beginning.

Styling

The Opel Mokka has radical new styling that is a new direction for the German brand. The car has a lighter, sportier and slimmer appearance; in fact it's now more of a crossover than an SUV, with a hatchback-style. But there's been a heavy addition of attitude: plastic cladding around the wheel arches, angular blacked out grille, two tone roof and optional black bonnet. The Mokka was lacking distinction in the popular B-SUV segment. Not any more!

Interior

The theme of renewal continues inside with an all-new interior for the 2021 Opel Mokka. It will be recognisable as an Opel to any previous Mokka owners who sit in. But it's had a detox in line with a bright new future. A full digital instrument panel keeps the driver updated with relevant information like speed and battery range. There is also a new touchscreen angled towards the driver, compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The interior is well-built with our test car sporting some stylish grey panelling and fabric inserts on the doors. Everything works and functions correctly with spot on material quality. We would just love to see a little more character inside the car in line with that exterior fizz.

The interior of the new Opel Mokka-e
The interior of the new Opel Mokka-e

Is it practical?

The Opel Mokka is a five seat crossover that has been built upon a bespoke multi-energy platform that can accommodate petrol, diesel or electric powertrain. This is important because it means there is no compromise to passenger space and boot volume inside the car, regardless which model you go for. The Mokka-e is a compact vehicle. But as an average sized female adult, I felt comfortable in the back. Taller passengers may feel more squeezed for legroom and headroom. The new Mokka is a little bit wider than the car it replaces so there's plenty of elbow room upfront. Rear seats split fold and there is also a false floor in the boot for added practicality. The volume is 350 litres - not huge but practical enough for day to day needs.

Battery, Range & Performance

The new Opel Mokka-e uses a 50 kWh battery with a system output of 136 hp. There are a number of driving modes to alter performance and efficiency - Sport, Normal and Eco. The WLTP range is 324 km. But bear in mind how many kilometres you can get from the car will depend upon things like the ambient temperature, driving style and the speed. Opel offers an eight-year/160,000km warranty for the battery.

Charging

If stopping to use the public charging points, the Mokka-e's battery can be fully charged to 80% in about 25 minutes with a 100 kW charger. Or 80 minutes with a 50 kW charger. Charging at home is most efficient using a wallbox. It can charge the car in about 7 hours using the 7 kW onboard charger. Or try 22 hours with a three point plug!

The new Opel Mokka-e has an estimated range of 324 km on electric power
The new Opel Mokka-e has an estimated range of 324 km on electric power

Other engines

The new Mokka is also available with petrol and diesel engines. The 1.2-litre petrol engine is available with 110 hp or 130 hp. The 1.5-litre diesel is available with 110 hp. 6-speed manual and 8-speed automatic gearboxes are available. The diesel is the best for economy with fuel consumption of 4.5l/100km and CO2 emissions of 118g/km.

Driving the new Mokka-e

The Opel Mokka is the second model in the Opel range to use the CMP platform from parent company PSA, after the launch of the all-new Corsa in 2020. It's lighter by up to 120 kg on some of the models in the range, while rigidity is up by 15%. It's clear to see that the new Mokka is a far more efficient design, more aerodynamic with a lower centre of gravity. Opel engineers have worked hard to reduce squeaks and rattles and improve the acoustic quality, with an acoustic pack fitted as standard to further reduce road noise. Being German it's Autobhan proof too! This translates on the road to a steady secure feeling from the steering that keeps the car in lane easily. Compared to the previous Mokka, this car is a revelation thanks to its new platform and 'weight loss'. It feels fun and agile on the road, while the Mokka-e goes about its business silently, with smooth responses from the controls.

Equipment

According to Opel Ireland, standard equipment will include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, LED lamps at the front and rear, an electric parking brake and traffic sign recognition. More information on trim levels and equipment will be announced closer to the launch. Dependant on trim, other available features will include six-way ergonomic seats, heated leather seats, massage function, a 180-degree panorama rear-view camera, navigation, Advanced Cruise Control, Active Lane Positioning, wireless smartphone charging, and glare-free, IntelliLux LED® matrix lights, unique to the segment.

100 kW high speed charging is possible with the new Mokka-e
100 kW rapid charging is possible with the new Mokka-e

Anything else?

Official pricing has not been released yet but indicated pricing is from €23,500 for the 1.2-litre petrol (110 hp) manual. The Mokka-e is available from €33,000 (including VRT relief and SEAI grant) for the Mokka-e all-electric version. It will be sold exclusively in the high spec SRi trim.

Rivals

The new Opel Mokka and Opel Mokka-e will take on some established competition like the Renault Captur, Peugeot 2008/e-2008, Nissan Juke, and Hyundai Kona/ Kona Electric.

 

Did you like it?

The new Opel Mokka and Opel Mokka-e will be an exciting new addition to the Opel range, in the popular B-SUV segment. The Mokka will build on the success of the Opel Corsa in 2020. But this could arguably be Opel's year to go stellar.

The Mokka is now a car transformed with character and presence that will command attention on the road. The new interior is smart and well-appointed, with the addition of a new digital instrument cluster and touchscreen giving an on-trend, widescreen effect.

Opel is leading the renewal of their brand in Ireland with a clever multi-energy platform that sees buyers presented with more choice than ever before - petrol, diesel or electric. We expect the Mokka-e to be one to watch, combining the striking looks with an exciting new EV powertrain and range of up to 324 km.

Welcome back Mokka!

The new Mokka will put Opel on the map again
The new Mokka will put Opel on the map again

Caroline Kidd


The new Opel Crossland on sale in Ireland now

Opel Crossland (2021) Arrives In Ireland

The new Opel Crossland on sale in Ireland now
The new Opel Crossland on sale in Ireland now

The updated Opel Crossland has arrived in Ireland, and goes on sale priced from €22,395 plus dealer delivery related charges.

Opel's revamped compact crossover has dropped the X from its name and has a brand new front end design that is a signature of a new generation of vehicles from the German automotive brand.

The new Crossland also promises extra comfort and technology equipment, and features an improved chassis.

Available in seven different body colours, the 2021 Opel Crossland comes with a choice of three trim levels - SC, SRI and a range-topping Elite trim. Engine options include a 1.2-litre petrol engine with 5-speed manual gearbox; a 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine with 6-speed automatic; and a 1.5-litre turbo diesel with 6-speed manual or automatic gearbox. Power ranges from 83 bhp to 130 bhp.

With prices starting from €22,395 plus dealer delivery related charges, standard equipment on the entry level SC includes hill start assist, cruise control with speed limiter, lane departure warning, enhanced traffic sign recognition, 6 airbags, leather steering wheel, manual air conditioning, rain sensing windscreen, automatic lights, 7” touchscreen with Apple Car Play and Android Auto, DAB radio, USB connectivity and 12-volt socket.

The sporty SRI trim, from €23,895 plus delivery, includes park assist front and rear, rear view camera, AGR driver’s seat, 8-way driver seat adjustment with driver seat cushion extension and lumbar support, ambient white LED cabin lighting, driver’s armrest, half-leather effect upholstery trim, a painted two-tone roof, tinted rear privacy windows, silver skid plates, 16” alloy wheels and LED front fog lamps.

Inside the new Opel Crossland
Inside the new Opel Crossland

The range topping Elite trim, from €25,395 plus delivery, includes leather upholstery, AGR driver’s seat and passenger seat, 8-way passenger seat adjustment with seat cushion extension and lumbar support, heated front seats, heated leather steering wheel, electronic dual zone climate control, an upgraded central console with lidded storage, sliding split folding rear seats with armrest, a 3.52 colour driver instrument display, a rear 12-volt socket and 16” alloy wheel upgrade.

James Brooks, Managing Director at Leeson Motors, Irish Importer of Opel, said:

“The new Crossland of course retains all the key ingredients the Crossland X predecessor model had, that made it such a success for Irish buyers. Comfortable, practical, spacious, keenly priced and powered by efficient engines, our new Crossland model now brings to market the stand-out, new Opel front style signature and a smart new rear finish. Many more comfort and safety features have been added, to offer a really attractive package for drivers looking for the perfect compact family crossover with SUV looks.”

He continued: “The arrival of the all-new Crossland heralds the start of a complete rejuvenation of the Opel model line-up in 2021. We look forward to 2021 with confidence, on the foot of a strong January performance, with the excellent new Crossland now in our stable, and in anticipation of all-new Mokka, an electrified Zafira-e Life, our first all-electric light commercial vehicle, the new Vivaro-e, just crowned International Van of the Year 2021, and many more new model unveilings to follow this year.”

The exciting new Opel Mokka will be next to arrive in Ireland, along with the all-new electric Mokka-e.

2021 Opel Crossland goes on sale priced from €22,395
2021 Opel Crossland goes on sale priced from €22,395

The 2021 Opel Crossland has been confirmed for Ireland

Opel Crossland Updated for 2021

The 2021 Opel Crossland has been confirmed for Ireland
The 2021 Opel Crossland has been confirmed for Ireland

Opel has revealed the first photos of the revamped Opel Crossland, which will go on sale in Ireland at the beginning of 2021.

The compact crossover will adopt Opel's new 'Vizor' front face signature, first seen on the new Opel Mokka, which is also expected to arrive in Ireland for 2021.

Changes will include an improved chassis, extra comfort and technology features and a new sporty SRi Line trim. Opel Ireland has confirmed powertrains and equipment will be announced closer to launch.

New exterior style features, trim dependent, include front and rear skid plates, LED front fog lamps, chrome door mouldings, plus an all-new range of 16 and 17-inch light-alloy wheels. A new SRi Line version will add black 16-inch light-alloy wheels, a black roof and red signature daylight opening. The SRi Line + will add black 17-inch light-alloy wheels, AGR-certified ergonomic seats for driver and front passenger, adaptive full LED headlamps, LED taillights and roof rails.

Other technology features will include Forward collision alert with Automatic Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Detection, Driver Drowsiness Alert, Side Blind Spot Alert, Panoramic Rear View Camera and Automatic Park Assist.

IntelliGrip will be available as an option on the 2021 Opel Crossland. This adaptive traction control system enables optimum traction and stability on all kinds of surface, thanks to its five mode settings of Normal, Snow, Mud, Sand and ESP. The driver can choose between the settings to best suit road conditions.

The interior of the new Crossland
The interior of the new Crossland

There will be a range of infotainment systems available including the top of the range Multimedia Navi Pro with 8.0-inch colour touch screen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will also be available, as will wireless smartphone charging.

Flexibility will also be a feature of the new Crossland range with individually sliding and reclining rear seats. They come with a 60/40 split and slide by up to 150 mm, increasing boot space from 410 to 520 litres.

Opel engineers in Rüsselsheim, Germany, have also developed new springs and dampers for the McPherson strut front suspension and the torsion-beam rear axle. In combination with the new steering column intermediate shaft, which improves steering precision and centre-feel, the chassis of the new Crossland is said to deliver an optimum balance of comfort and agility.

James Brooks, Managing Director at Leeson Motors, Irish Importer of Opel, said:

"The unveiling of the all-new Crossland heralds the start of a complete rejuvenation of the Opel model line-up. We look forward to 2021 with confidence in anticipation of all new Crossland, the all-new Mokka, an electrified Zafira-e Life and our first all-electric light commercial vehicle, the new Vivaro-e, with many more new models to follow within 12 months."


The 2021 Opel Mokka

Opel Mokka To Make Comeback In 2021

The 2021 Opel Mokka
The 2021 Opel Mokka

Opel has revealed the first official images of the new Mokka, due in Ireland in early 2021. The new generation of Opel Mokka debuts a new design direction for the German brand that is sure to garner it a few new fans in the hotly contested compact crossover segment.

What's more the new Mokka will continue the brand's move to electrification and be available from launch with an all-electric powertrain ('Mokka-e'), alongside variants with petrol and diesel engines.

The 2021 Opel Mokka will also debut a new digital interior cockpit, dubbed the Opel Pure Panel.

Michael Lohscheller, Opel CEO said:

"The new Mokka is a head-turner, destined to change the perception of our brand! With the Mokka, we are reinventing Opel and introducing our design of the next decade. It shows everything the brand stands for today and in the future: the Mokka is fun, efficient and innovative in all respects. In addition, it perfectly embodies the Opel brand values - exciting, approachable, German - in the most progressive way. It is the first Opel that is electric right from its market start; a real proof that Opel goes electric."

Bold, crossover style for 2021 Opel Mokka

Invented by design chief Mark Adams and his team, the Opel Vizor front face will feature on all of the brand's models throughout the 2020s. The 'Vizor' is punctuated by the Opel Blitz logo in the centre. At the rear, the strong, new visual brand identity continues, with thin, LED-rear lights.

The new Mokka will have a slightly longer wheelbase (+2 mm) than its predecessor, short overhangs and wide stance. Opel promises plenty of cabin room for five passengers and a similar 350 litres of boot space.

Mark Adams, Opel Design Vice President, said:

"Bold and pure, this is what the Opel design of the future will look like. The new Mokka shows athletic proportions combined with precisely structured, flowing surfaces. We have developed this philosophy aligned to characteristic German design, combining progressive bold design with purity."

Inside the new Mokka debuts an exciting new interior concept for the Opel brand
Inside the new Mokka debuts an exciting new interior concept for the Opel brand

Inside the new Mokka

The new Mokka will be built on Opel's Common Modular Platform, which allows the installation of an electric powertrain or an internal combustion engine without impacting the cabin space of the vehicle. The engineering team in Rüsselsheim, Germany, has saved up to 120 kg versus the previous generation of the car. Yet body stiffness has been enhanced, gaining up to 30% torsional stiffness in the case of the electric version, with its low-sitting integrated battery structure. Opel says this means new Mokka consumes substantially less energy, while being much more responsive, agile and fun to drive.

Inside the vehicle, the Mokka debuts an extraordinary new interior concept for the Opel brand. The new Opel Pure Panel will be available with two wide screens of up to 10 and 12 inches in size. The central display is tilted to the driver and will store the latest technologies and most important driver information. There will still be control buttons for essential functions. The design of the centre console too has been cleaned up, thanks to an electric parking brake and the new electric gear lever.

Opel says that standard equipment will include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, LED lamps at the front and rear, an electric parking brake and traffic sign recognition. Dependant on trim, equipment includes six-way ergonomic seats, heated leather seats, massage function, a 180-degree panorama rear-view camera, navigation, Advanced Cruise Control, Active Lane Positioning, wireless smartphone charging, and glare-free, IntelliLux LED® matrix lights.

What about the Opel Mokka-e?

The Opel Mokka-e electric crossover will arrive at the same time as the rest of the new Mokka range. The new Mokka-e's electric motor will deliver 100 kW (136 hp) and 260 Nm of torque. Drivers will also be available to choose between three drive modes: Normal, Eco and Sport. The electronically limited top speed is 150 kmh to preserve energy stored in the 50 kWh battery and the range. 100 kW DC fast charging will be available, able to replenish 80% of the battery in just 30 minutes. The Opel Mokka-e has a purely battery-electric range of up to 322 kilometres according to WLTP in Normal mode. The battery will be covered by an eight-year warranty.

Opel Ireland has confirmed that the new Opel Mokka will be on sale here from late summer 2020, with the first cars arriving in dealer showrooms in early 2021.

2020 has already seen the launch of two new electrified cars from the brand, the Opel Corsa-e and the Opel Grandland X hybrids.

The new Mokka will be available wil electric, petrol and diesel engines
The new Mokka will be available with electric, petrol and diesel engines

The new Opel Zafira Life

Opel Zafira Life Review

The new Opel Zafira Life
The new Opel Zafira Life

Caroline drives the new Opel Zafira Life.

With summer 2020 looking like it will be the summer of the staycation, some car brands in Ireland are already reporting more interest in large people carriers, camper vans and van-based MPVs.

At the Opel camp, the brand's offering in this sector is the Zafira Life. Opel's new van-based MPV is blessed with up to 8 seats, a huge cabin and lots of versatility.

According to Opel, stylish highly equipped shuttles are in great demand in this market segment and that's the philosophy behind this model. Priced from €51,195, Opel Ireland is aiming the Zafira Life at the executive travel side, though the appeal of this vehicle as a holiday van is undeniable right now.

At Changing Lanes, we had an extended test drive with the Zafira Life for over 2 months while Ireland was in lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic. My weekly shopping trips took place with the Opel Zafira Life and I became very familiar with its features including the electric sliding doors, full leather interior and automatic transmission. Somehow we made it memorable, despite no camping trips or relaxed Sunday drives to the coast. Instead we learnt to navigate near empty roads and supermarket car parks.

The Opel Zafira Life is available in two lengths - Medium and Long
The Opel Zafira Life is available in two lengths - Medium and Long

What's so special about the Opel Zafira Life?

The Opel Zafira Life is hugely versatile and is available in two lengths - Medium or Long. At the moment, the Zafira Life is powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine with a different power output depending on gearbox - 150 hp with the 6-speed manual gearbox or 180 hp with the 8-speed automatic. My test car was the Long model with 8-speed automatic gearbox and a recommended retail price of €55,695.

The other part of Opel's strategy is to launch Zafira Life in just one high specification 'Elite' trim level. Things that you might consider options all come as standard including the twin electric, sliding doors, head-up display, full leather interior, electrically adjustable heated driver’s seat with massage function, roof mounted rear ventilation controls, seat back tables, rear view childminder mirror, integrated window blinds and panoramic glass roof. There's also a 7” colour touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, cruise control, dual zone climate control, chrome effect front grille, 17” alloys, rear view camera, rain sensitive windscreen wipers, high beam assist, xenon headlights, dark tinted rear windows, side blind spot alert, front and rear parking sensors, keyless open and start, and a tailgate with separate opening window.

The Zafira Life is available with 7 or 8 seats in a number of configurations
The Zafira Life is available with 7 or 8 seats in a number of configurations

What's it like inside?

In standard specification you get two rows of three seats all with child seat fixtures or as a no cost option you can select two individual swivel seats in row 2. As Opel notes, this means that VIP passengers can sit facing each other and enjoy the legroom! The advantage of the Long model is more boot space, especially if you are carrying 7 or 8 people regularly and their luggage.

The sliding electric doors are a real boon as standard and can be operated from the key alone, by just a simple tug on the door handles or released by the driver from a button on the dashboard. There's also a button inside the door frame where passengers can release the doors themselves.

For the driver, there is lots of adjustment in the seat to get comfortable. Door mirrors are large and the rear parking camera and sensors are a great help when manouvering this vehicle in car parks or tight spaces. The image from the rear view camera is displayed on the 7.0-inch screen with 180-degree visibility from the bird’s eye view, which really helps when reversing into spaces.

The dashboard is a typical Opel affair, while on the automatic model, the gear selector is operated from a dial within close reach on the centre console. The infotainment system syncs easily with Apple and Android smartphones, while navigation is also included in the system itself. There's dual zone air con to keep everyone cool on board. While the rear windows do not open, there are extra ventilation controls in the roof at the rear of the vehicle.

My test car also had the IntelliGrip Pack. This useful feature is for extra reassurance on grass or gravel off road for example, by increasing grip without adding the weight of a four wheel drive system. Settings include snow, mud and sand, which can be simply selected from a circular dial just behind the indicator stalk on the right hand side of the dashboard.

The interior of the Opel Zafira Life
The interior of the Opel Zafira Life

Driving the Zafira Life

Though there are van origins to the Zafira Life, it handles well within the confines of this platform. Obviously allowances need to be made in the handling and agility side, but it's comfortable and you quickly get into the groove with it. The automatic transmission performs well and adds an ease to the driving experience. The diesel engine is relatively refined and only gets noisy under hard acceleration. Motor tax is €390 per year while my overall consumption was 7.7 litres per 100 kilometres. So considering the size and weight of the vehicle, this is not bad for touring around Ireland!

Opel is a brand now with the wind behind its sails again. We are seeing more of the fruits of the PSA merger in the brand's line-up and there's more on the way. At the moment, buyers will find a refreshed Astra range in dealers along with the flagship Insignia, Grandland X, and the all-new Corsa and Corsa-e. We can expect to see a new Mokka crossover and Crossland X in early 2021, which should really boost the brand's fortunes.

The Opel Zafira Life fits well now into the brand's lifestyle portfolio, offering a spacious people carrier with wide appeal among families, businesses and let's not forget taxi drivers. There are competitors in this segment with a lower entry price for a more budget offering without the Opel's bells and whistles. Opel has taken a different approach, choosing to launch one singular high spec model with all the options on it, adding greater convenience to customers in the process. Though it lacks the outright polish and agility of a seven seat car-based MPV, the Zafira Life makes up for it with a huge versatile interior and comfortable seating. If you are looking for your own personal tour bus, this could be it!

The Zafira Life on test for Changing Lanes
The Zafira Life on test for Changing Lanes

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Opel Zafira Life Elite L Automatic
Price: 
€55,695 (from €51,195)
Engine: 2.0-litre diesel
Power: 
180 hp
Torque: 400 Nm
0-100km/h:  
10.4 seconds
Top speed: 169 km/h
Fuel consumption: 
7.0 – 8.1 l/100km
CO2 emissions:
151g/km
Motor Tax: €390 per year


The new Vivaro-e, Opel's first electric van!

Opel Vivaro-e Expected Later In 2020

The new Vivaro-e, Opel's first electric van!
The new Vivaro-e, Opel's first electric van!

The Opel Vivaro-e is the brand's first fully electric light commercial vehicle (LCV). It will be available in a variety of lengths and body variants to suit the needs of Irish businesses when it arrives in Ireland in late 2020.

According to Opel, the new Vivaro-e electric van will have the same practicality as the diesel model. In fact, they will be built together at the same plant. The Vivaro-e will have a decent payload of up to 1,275kg, considering diesel versions have a max payload of 1,405kg. The Vivaro-e is now the first electrified vehicle in its segment that has the ability to pull trailers, which is an advantage for commercial buyers. The maximum towing capacity is 1 tonne, while we are told gross vehicle weight ranges from 2,800 to 3,100kg.

How far will the Vivaro-e travel on electric range?

Two batteries will be available. The Opel Vivaro-e 75kWh has a range of up to 330 kilometres. There will also be a Vivaro-e 50kWh with range of up to 230km (WLTP). The battery is positioned under the load cabin so as not to compromise essential load-space. A regenerative braking system, which recovers the energy produced under braking or deceleration, further increases efficiency.

The Vivaro-e’s motor generates 136 hp and 260 Nm of torque, which Opel says surpasses most electric commercial vehicles currently on the market.

Charging the Opel Vivaro-e

With a 100 kW DC public charging station, the 50 kWh battery charges to 80% in only 30 minutes, whilst the 75 kW battery takes 45 minutes. The battery is covered by an eight year / 160,000km guarantee for up to 70% retention. Customers will be able to use their smartphones to check the battery’s state-of-charge or pre-programme air conditioning and charging times.

The Vivaro-e will be available in an assortment of body styles with up to three lengths on offer. Most variants measure 1.9 m tall, to best service ever-expanding business needs. In its most compact length, the turn circle is as little as 11.3 m, to ensure maximum agility in tight spaces. At 1.9 m in height, the Vivaro-e easily accesses shopping centre or basement car parks.

The Vivaro-e’s wide rear and sliding side doors give unrestricted access to the cargo area or passenger compartment. Optional electric side sliding doors deliver even more practicality, operated by a movement of foot.

Inside the new Opel Vivaro-e
Inside the new Opel Vivaro-e

Anything else?

Inside there's a 7” touchscreen, Apple CarPlay / Android Auto and a Head Up Display. Other features depending on trim include Lane Keep Assist, Extended Traffic Sign Recognition, Drowsiness Alert, Semi-Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Alert, Automatic Emergency Braking and 3D navigation. Ultrasonic sensors in the Vivaro-e’s front and rear aprons, warn the driver of obstacles when parking and monitor the side blind spot. Depending on the equipment level, a 180 degrees rear-view camera image appears on the 7” touchscreen.

The latest Opel model to be electrified, the Vivaro-e will play a key role in Opel’s rapidly evolving e-mobility range. According to the brand, it will meet growing needs for emission-free delivery of goods and services in cities across Europe. The brand is speeding up their electric offensive with the arrival of the new Opel Corsa-e, all electric supermini. The Opel Grandland X PHEV (plug-in hybrid) is also in dealers now.

The next electric Opel LCV, the Combo Cargo-e will arrive in 2021. Opel has already confirmed that the brand will offer an electrified version of every passenger car and LCV model by 2024.


The new Opel Corsa-e pricing for Ireland!

Opel Corsa-e Pricing For Ireland

The new Opel Corsa-e pricing for Ireland!
The new Opel Corsa-e pricing for Ireland!

Earlier in the year, we reported on the launch of the all-new Opel Corsa in our first drive review of the popular German supermini. The latest generation also debuts the first ever electric Corsa, the new Opel Corsa-e. Now Opel Ireland has released pricing for this exciting new model that starts a new era for the Corsa.

Opel Corsa-e Price

The Corsa electric model will be available in two trims in Ireland: SC and Elite.

Corsa-e SC - €27,338

Corsa-e Elite - €30,800

Please note prices quoted above are inclusive of SEAI grant and VRT relief totalling €10,000.

What's the range like?

The new Corsa-e is powered by a 50 kWh battery. It has a range up to 337km rated by WLTP industry standards. Opel promises sporty acceleration of 0–100km/h in 8.1 seconds and up to 260 Nm of torque for a dynamic drive. Regenerative braking allows drivers to recuperate energy lost in braking. There is a drive mode feature that allows drivers to choose between an economical drive for maximum range, a sporty mode for top-level performance and a normal mode for a balance of range and power.

The Corsa-e has been cleverly designed to remain as spacious as versions of the Corsa with a traditional combustion engine. The interior and boot space are identical, as the batteries are positioned under the floor.

Charging the Opel Corsa-e

The new Opel Corsa-e has a CCS adaptor, which consists of a combined AC and DC inlet port. It can be charged at home or on the public charging network and can avail of 100 kW rapid charging where available. The ESB public charging network is currently able to charge at maximum 50 kW. But there are plans to roll out more rapid charging stations.

At home using a 7 kWh wallbox, a full battery charge will take 7.5 hours. Opel says 80% charge can be got in just 30 minutes with rapid DC 100 kWh charging. In Ireland, IONITY stations offer up to 350 kW rapid charging.

The battery is guaranteed for 8 years or 160,000 km, for up to 70% retention, certifiable by the Opel Dealer Network. Customers are also covered with roadside assistance for 8 years / 160,000km.

The interior of the 2020 Opel Corsa-e
The interior of the 2020 Opel Corsa-e

Equipment

The Corsa-e SC standard trim includes a 7” colour touchscreen, DAB radio, Apple Car Play / Android Auto, USB connections, lane departure warning with lane assist, speed sign recognition, automatic emergency city braking and hill assist. There's also cruise control with speed limiter, LED headlights, 16” alloy wheels, high beam assist and ISOFIX child seat fixings on outer rear seats.

There is subtle e-badging on the side windows and boot. The Corsa-e has more equipment than Corsa SC petrol and diesel models - navigation, automatic wipers and headlights, anti-dazzle rear view mirror, rear parking sensors, electric parking brake, electronic climate control and keyless start. Easy-to-understand vehicle data is displayed on the 7” digital instrument cluster. It keeps the driver fully informed on battery status and energy usage.

The Corsa-e Elite trim is more luxurious. It includes a 10” colour touchscreen, premium half leather effect seat trim, 17” alloy wheels, panoramic rear view camera and parking sensors. There are also folding/heated door mirrors, intelligent speed adaption, keyless entry/start, alarm and side blind spot alert. Opel’s class-leading IntelliLux matrix ® LED headlights also feature. They give high beam visibility up to 30% better than standard LED headlamps.

What's next for Opel?

The new Corsa-e model complements existing petrol and diesel versions, launched earlier in 2020. Together they share the prestigious Autobest “Best Buy Car of Europe 2020” award. Corsa is available from €17,975 in Ireland. The small compact electric car market is going to be extremely competitive. Three new models launched in a short space of time in the shape of the Opel Corsa-e, Peugeot e-208 and the Renault ZOE. We look forward to bringing you a full road test of the Opel Corsa-e later this year.

James Brooks, Managing Director at Leeson Motors, Opel Importer in Ireland, said:

“We’re celebrating the arrival of the all-new Corsa-e model, as our first full-electric car in Ireland, and it takes its place beside our new Grandland X plug-in hybrid, now also available. These new models fulfil our strategy of offering customers the option to choose their preferred model, then the powertrain that best suits them and their lifestyle – petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid or 100% electric - without compromising on space, technology, looks or driving sensations. In response to rapidly changing consumer needs, we look forward to the arrival of a host of new all-electric models throughout 2020 and beyond.”

Opel say that all their passenger cars and light commercial vehicles will be electrified by 2024. The Opel Corsa-e joins the new Opel Grandland X plug-in hybrid in the brand's electric offensive in 2020. They will be joined by a new Vivaro-e later this year, followed by all-electric Combo and Zafira Life models.

A facelifted Opel Astra range is in showrooms now, while a revised Opel Insignia range is expected this summer.  We can expect to see a new Opel Mokka X before the end of the year also.

The electric Corsa on sale from €27,338
The electric Corsa on sale from €27,338

The first generation Opel Insignia (2009-2017)

Opel Insignia Review (2009-2017)

The first generation Opel Insignia (2009-2017)
The first generation Opel Insignia (2009-2017)

Check out our Opel Insignia used car review!

The Opel Insignia was one of my first ever car reviews for Changing Lanes. That was 2014. Now I think it's fair to say that we can class it as a used car review. I've updated my original review with some more background information. This will help you if you are thinking of buying a used Opel Insignia from between the years of 2009 and 2017. 

The first generation Opel Insignia reached Ireland in 2009. It received a refresh in 2013 and stayed in production until 2017 when it was replaced by the all-new Opel Insignia Grand Sport.

Diesel was king in Ireland in 2009 and the Insignia looked after customers well in this regard. It quickly became a fleet favourite. The visibility of this generation of the Opel Insignia is still high on Irish roads. The Opel Insignia replaced the Opel Vectra and was a huge step forward in design.

Opel Insignia Review

In summer 2014, I tested the Opel Insignia SRi, the sporty one in the range with attractive OPC inspired body styling, 18" alloys, and sports suspension. The first generation Insignia has good presence on the road, while inside it's comfortable and good quality for the large car segment of this era.

The Insignia range was refreshed in 2013 and there were updates to the headlamp design, revised front bumper with slightly bigger and lower air intakes, along with different rear light clusters, new rear bumper and some other trim updates.

The 2013 facelift also saw a revamped interior, new steering wheel, better quality materials, and a new Intellilink touchscreen that removed more buttons for a cleaner look. There was also a new touchpad controller available and voice control.

The interior of the first generation Opel Insignia
The interior of the first generation Opel Insignia

Standard equipment is impressive and over the years there were five trim levels -  S and SC being the more basic ones, SE and Elite the more premium ones and SRi the sporty one. SC and above have the IntelliLink infotainment system with 8” touchscreen and Apple CarPlay from 2015. Some of the safety features available on the first generation Opel Insignia include adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitor, rear view parking camera, traffic sign recognition and lane departure warning system.

Opel Insignia Hatchback Vs Saloon Vs Estate

The Opel Insignia was available as a hatchback, saloon or Sports Tourer estate between 2009 and 2017. Interior space was competitive for a large car, not outstanding but the boot was a good size at 530 litres in the Insignia hatchback, 540 litres in the Insignia estate and 500 litres in the Insignia saloon.

My 2014 Opel Insignia was powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine with 163 hp. This engine is economical with good pulling power but it's a bit on the noisy side. In 2015 it was replaced by an improved and much quieter 2.0-litre diesel with 170 hp. Read our review of that diesel Insignia here. Manual and automatic gearboxes are available. Other engine options for the Insignia at the time included a 1.6-litre CDTi with 136 bhp and a 1.4-litre turbo petrol with 140 bhp.

The 2014 Opel Insignia SRi on test for Changing Lanes!
The 2014 Opel Insignia SRi on test for Changing Lanes!

Is the Opel Insignia a good car?

On the road the Opel Insignia majors at cruising effortlessly up and down motorways. This car has broad appeal. The suspension is on the firm side but not uncomfortable by any means. The steering is precise and intuitive giving a reassuring and sporty feel going around bends. This is matched to excellent grip and body control (no doubt down to that extra firmness in the suspension!). The car grips but there is a fair bit of movement of the car’s weight over the suspension. SRi models fitted with sports suspension are tighter in this regard.

The 2014 Opel Insignia SRi 2.0-litre diesel I tested had a normal retail price of €33,295.

Not surprisingly, the Opel Insignia is a popular choice as a company car for its comfort on long journeys and good suspension that absorbs bumps and ruts so well. The huge 530 litre boot and great rear passenger space make it a great family buy too. The Opel Insignia is the German car without the premium price tag but retaining that feeling of quality that you expect from a German car.

It isn't the most dynamically exciting car in the class (that accolade goes to the Ford Mondeo) but the Opel Insignia is more than up for the job of long motorway cruises, keeping everyone on board happy and comfortable!

If you are thinking of buying a used Opel Insignia, I hope this review has been useful.

The 2014 Opel Insignia SRi on test for Changing Lanes!
The 2014 Opel Insignia SRi on test for Changing Lanes!

Details correct at time of test

Model tested: 2014 Opel Insignia SRi Limited Edition 5-door Hatch
Price: €33,295 (as tested new in June 2014)
Engine: 2.0 litre diesel
Power: 163 bhp
0-100km/h: 9.5 seconds
Economy: 65.7mpg (4.3l/100km)
CO2 emissions: 114g/km
Tax band: A4 (€200 per year)

Caroline Kidd


Caroline and the new Opel Grandland X Hybrid4!

Opel Grandland X Hybrid4 First Drive Review

Caroline and the new Opel Grandland X Hybrid4!
Caroline and the new Opel Grandland X Hybrid4!

The Opel Grandland X Hybrid4 is the Opel brand’s first plug-in hybrid. It will arrive in Ireland later in February as the new, all wheel drive, range topper of the Grandland X mid-size family SUV range. Caroline travelled with Opel Ireland to the Black Forest, Germany, to test drive it.

Styling

The Opel Grandland X Hybrid4 is a standard, friendly-looking family SUV, except for one key differentiating feature – the black bonnet that is exclusive to the Hybrid4. While this reviewer is a fan, Opel Ireland thinks it’s a risky move so dealer stock will be monotone only (the black bonnet will be available by special order). There’s a Hybrid4 badge at the rear and an extra flap housing the socket to charge the battery on board.

Interior

The new plug-in hybrid variant carries the same interior as the rest of the Grandland X range, except for a few new buttons and screens to control and monitor the hybrid system. The Grandland X cabin is quite sombre and conservative, but well-built with the latest technology features including the 8" touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The Opel Grandland X Hybrid4 can drive like an electric vehicle for up to 59 km
The Opel Grandland X Hybrid4 can drive like an electric vehicle for up to 59 km

Practicality

The Opel Grandland X Hybrid4 is a mid-size family SUV with seating for five and competitive rear seating space for this class of vehicle. The battery has been placed under the rear seats and there has been little intrusion to the space in the vehicle as a consequence of the electrified powertrain. Charging cables can be stored in a special compartment under the boot floor and the boot is still competitively sized.

Engines

The new Opel Grandland X Hybrid4 pairs a 1.6-litre petrol engine with two electric motors to produce an overall system output of 300 hp and 520 Nm of torque, making it the most powerful model in the Grandland X range. An eight speed automatic gearbox comes as standard.

There will also be a front wheel drive only Opel Grandland X Hybrid available from March with 225 hp.

CO2 emissions are as low as 29 g/km.

On the road

The Opel Grandland X starts in electric mode and has a pure electric range of up to 59 km. The driver can select easily between four driving modes on start up: Electric, Hybrid, Sport and AWD.

Once leaving the confines of Basel Airport, I slipped the Grandland X into hybrid mode. In this mode, the car intelligently selects how much electric assistance to give. Over the first leg of my test drive over motorway and then smaller, fast flowing roads through the Black Forest, my average fuel consumption was an economical 4.6/100km.

Opel engineers encourage owners to plug their new Grandland X Hybrid in every day because the best economy is returned from the car when the battery is kept topped up, as common with all plug-in hybrids. For drivers who travel a short commute comfortably within the 59 km, it would be possible to run the car on electricity only, dipping into the fuel tank rarely. Of course there is never fear of range anxiety because you always have the back up of the petrol engine.

Opel Grandland X Hybrid4 has all wheel drive for extra reassurance in challenging road conditions
Opel Grandland X Hybrid4 has all wheel drive for extra reassurance in challenging road conditions

On the return leg of the journey back to the airport, my battery power ran low as we did not charge at our lunch stop. Average fuel consumption was 6.3l/100km over a 100 km journey that included high speed Autobahn driving.

I dipped into Sport mode during my test drive and it turns the Opel Grandland X into a different animal. This performance biased mode gives the driver instant feedback through the pedals. However, this is not a sports SUV, the Opel Grandland X won’t hustle around corners like a hot hatch but it’s a pleasant pop of power in an otherwise demure SUV.

Charging

The battery can be fully charged in around two hours with a 7.4 kW wallbox or about seven hours using a three point plug at home.

Equipment

In Ireland the new Grandland X Hybrid 4 will be available in the high spec Elite trim. Equipment includes 19" alloy wheels, 8" colour touchscreen, leather seat trim, power adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, panoramic glass roof, front parking sensors, driver drowsiness system, forward collision alert, automatic emergency braking, lane assist and side blind spot alert.

Pricing

The new Opel Grandland X Hybrid4 Elite will go on sale in Ireland priced from €47,415. The Grandland X Hybrid (front wheel drive) will go on sale from €36,645 for the entry SC, €39,245 for the SRi and €41,745 for the Elite. All prices quoted here are inclusive of Government grants and incentives amounting to €7,500 for plug-in hybrids.

The interior of the new Grandland X Hybrid4
The interior of the new Grandland X Hybrid4

Rivals

The new Opel Grandland X Hybrid and Hybrid4 will compete against sister brand Peugeot’s 3008 Hybrid4 and the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

Summary

The new Grandland X Hybrid4 is a pioneering new product for the Opel brand. Along with the new Corsa-e, these models spearhead the brand’s move to electrification that will see the brand’s entire product portfolio with a battery electric vehicle or hybrid by 2024.

The Grandland X is currently available with diesel and petrol engines, and the Hybrid4 marks a new departure, now offering another option for buyers seeking to move to a lower emissions vehicle.

With the standard Grandland X range kicking off at €28,995, the Hybrid4 carries a significant investment. And though huge savings can be made on running costs, some strategy regarding charging at home and at your destination is needed in order to truly see the benefits of a PHEV.

The hybrid system itself is impressive, as are the performance figures for a standard mid size family SUV. But it’s the green credentials of the Opel Grandland X, not the sporty ones, which should truly inspire buyers to own one.

The Grandland X Hybrid4 is available from €47,415
The Grandland X Hybrid4 is available from €47,415 in Ireland

Caroline Kidd