Opel Corsa-E test: its autonomy to the test of a busy day, OPEL Corsa Electric autonomy: how many kms can I travel?

Electric Opel Corsa autonomy

During our measurements, the outside temperature displayed between 26 ° C and 28 ° C and the air conditioning was set over 21 ° C. The normal driving mode was engaged and we were not trying to achieve prowess of eco-driving. We have chosen to adopt a neutral rhythm similar to that of the flow of traffic.

Opel Corsa-E test: its autonomy to the test of a busy day

In order to ensure its daily trips to an electric vehicle, with an average distance traveled about forty kilometers per day (all energies combined) according to the various studies commanded by manufacturers, having a charging station at home is the only prerequisite to fill. But when the day gets longer and the unexpected occurs, what happens ? In our “Daily electric” section, we take the wheel on a type of around 130 kilometers through the Paris region to carry out the experience. It is with the Opel Corsa-E and its 337 km of autonomy announced in WLTP cycle that we are making it this week.

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The discreet Opel Corsa-e, when it is not chosen in its orange color which suits it well, embarks on our journey of about 130 kilometers in the Paris region. Cousin of the Peugeot E-208, it claims close autonomy, of 337 km in WLTP cycle. With a 46 kWh battery of net capacity, there is normally enough reserve so as not to worry about this day. In any case, the German will have to prove that the announced value is very real, while its French technical clone is not the best example of sobriety ..

The Opel Corsa-E prices are displayed at a minimum of € 31,600 with the Edition finish. Ultimate high -end starts at € 37,350. Our test version was an Elegance version, offered from € 34,000 excluding options. By including its complete endowment, its cost amounted to € 38,150. All these prices do not include the bonus of € 7,000 (€ 6,000 from July 1, 2021).

During our measurements, the outside temperature displayed between 26 ° C and 28 ° C and the air conditioning was set over 21 ° C. The normal driving mode was engaged and we were not trying to achieve prowess of eco-driving. We have chosen to adopt a neutral rhythm similar to that of the flow of traffic.

The course

  • Step 1: Issy-les-Moulineaux (Île Saint-Germain)-Val-de-Marne (via the South Device): 26 km (peri-urban journey)
  • Step 2: Val-de-Marne-Paris (Luxembourg Garden): 20 km (peri-urban and urban journey)
  • Step 3: Paris (Garden of Luxembourg)-Issy-les-Moulineaux (Île Saint-Germain) (via the Quais de Seine): 10 km (urban journey)
  • Step 4: Issy-les-Moulineaux (Île Saint-Germain)-Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport: 36.5 km (peri-urban journey and fast tracks)
  • Step 5: Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport-Issy-les-Moulineaux (Saint-Germain Island): 37.5 km (fast tracks and peri-urban journey)

Total rounded distance: 130 kilometers

Suburban suburban

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Without knowing it, it is not easy to recognize the Corsa-e in relation to a thermal corsa. The “E” logos indicating its electric motorization, are chrome and small diameter on the central amounts and the tailgate. There are also the 17 “serial or optional rims depending on the level of equipment that can give an indication, with their aerodynamic branches. And then, obviously, the absence of an exhaust will be the easiest way to differentiate it.

Before leaving to start our route, head to Val-de-Marne from Issy-les-Moulineaux, we connect to obtain maximum autonomy. We must then face an optimistic edge computer on the estimation of waiting time. The remaining ten minutes before the full recharging proved to be actually a good thirty minutes. The autonomy displayed, meanwhile, wanted to be much less optimistic. We have, depending on the system, 220 km ahead of us. Far from the expected 337 km but calculated according to the journeys made by previous users. Nothing worrying so.

The 4.06-meter-long city car, both dynamic and backwards outside, reveals a closet all that is most classic. Black atmosphere, straight and functional shapes. The quality of the materials used and the finish are of a correct level but the Opel does not make more efforts than necessary to treat its presentation. The 7 -inch digital instrumentation displays all the information clearly but does not equal the driving position. It does not fill the space under the counters’ cap, leaving two black plastic surfaces on each side. And although it is in color, the dominant dark gray of the display, even on the menu highlighting the navigation card, maintains the little fantasy of this interior.

The 309 -liter trunk will have to keep a place for the cables and is not a benchmark. Like the rear seats, even if we are properly installed. The space under the front seats to slide the feet is more important on the driver’s side, the floor being thicker under the passenger seat. There is therefore no point in advancing the latter too much. The central square offers an appreciable softness, making it more welcoming than a simple extra place.

After rolling 27 km until our first destination, unsurprisingly, the autonomy did not go down lower than at the start but did not go back either. There are always 220 km on display, while the battery level bar has decreased slightly.

Step 1 data

  • Distance traveled: 27 km
  • Remaining autonomy: 220 km
  • Remaining battery: 92 %
  • Average consumption: 16.3 kWh/100 km
  • Average speed: 35.2 km/h

From the suburbs to the city center

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We then relaunch towards our following two stages, return to Issy-les-Moulineaux by this time passing through the center of Paris, with the hope of not seeing the autonomy go from a kilometer. In normal driving, the accelerator release does not generate almost no engine brakes, as in a lubric wheel, ideal not to lose too much energy by limiting its support on the pedal on the right. A fellow backwards on the walking selector and the “B” mode (Brake) is activated, increasing electric recovery. An almost inactive mode when the battery is full.

In the “sport” driving mode, regeneration is more pronounced in the “D” position (Drive) but remains equivalent to other modes in position “B”. The accelerator becomes more reactive and we take advantage of the 136 horsepower of the engine. Management also hardens. Normally, it is quite light but not excessively, retaining a certain consistency whatever its position (curve or straight line). Unlike Comodos behind the wheel. Relatively resistant to activate, they are positioned too high and too tilted.

The chassis takes advantage of its Peugeot base to make an effective behavior, without too much cash movements, helped by its lowered ground clearance and its center of gravity near the ground thanks to the batteries located at the floor level. The signs do not go against comfort and have flexibility for a homogeneous result. Which will sometimes result in a few rebounds in turns leaning on irregular coating or on the descent of slowders addressed a little too quickly.

The 31 kilometers of our second and third stages finally sparked the drop in the level of autonomy. An estimate displayed by ten kilometers slices, reducing precision a little but avoiding too frequent variations. Only 200 kilometers before the breakdown (possible). The city and the few fast ways of this portion of the route allow a reasonable consumption here. For both stages, the average was 15.9 kWh/100 km and the average speed, 21.5 km/h. We have more than 80 % battery left.

Steps 2 & 3 data

2nd step :

  • Distance traveled: 21 km
  • Remaining autonomy: 210 km
  • Remaining battery: 87 %
  • Average consumption: 17.3 kWh/100 km
  • Average speed: 28 km/h

Step 3:

  • Distance traveled: 10 km
  • Remaining autonomy: 200 km
  • Remaining battery: 83 %
  • Average consumption: 14.5 kWh/100 km
  • Average speed: 15 km/h

Round trip to the airport

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Its good dynamic performances at moderate pace are verified on the highway. For our last two stages, the round trip to Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport, its stability and its covers are comfortable. The management remains in place to maintain the course and the comfort is ensured. In the “sport” mode or by pushing the pedal completely, the 136 horsepower and 260 nm of torque are deployed for a 0 to 100 km/h in 8.1 sec. Air noises are the most present. You can also hear the engine whistling. The top speed does not go beyond 150 km/h, electronically limited.

The autonomy drops logically faster but the good proportion of traffic jams on the device, compensates. Our two cumulative steps led to an average consumption identical to the previous two stages, with 15.9 kWh/100 km but for a larger average speed of 38.8 km/h. Almost 30 % less battery and, once is not customary, an estimate that loses only 60 km for 75 km traveled.

In the end, with 140 km remaining and more than half of the accumulator capacity, a second day of this type is possible without recharging. Which is more prudent to do anyway, limiting the necessary wait before leaving the full battery.

Regarding the total estimate of the autonomy of this Opel Corsa-e, taking into account the data from the on-board computer (autonomy and percentage of remaining battery as well as a really traveled and percentage-consumed distance), we obtain a range between 259 km and 289 km. Our total average consumption of 16 kWh/100 km (clear battery capacity: 46 kWh) makes it possible to assess the autonomy at 288 km.

This last figure is getting closer to what we have observed on all the kilometers traveled after recharging, continuing to roll after the end of our measurements, where the remaining autonomy displayed 60 km for 226 km carried out, or 286 km potential.

Steps 4, 5 and total data

Step 4

  • Distance traveled: 37 km
  • Remaining autonomy: 160 km
  • Remaining battery: 69 %
  • Average consumption: 17.3 kWh/100 km
  • Average speed: 25.8 km/h

Step 5

  • Distance traveled: 38 km
  • Remaining autonomy: 140 km
  • Remaining battery: 54 %
  • Average consumption: 14.5 kWh/100 km
  • Average speed: 51.8 km/h


  • Distance traveled: 133 km
  • Remaining autonomy: 140 km
  • Remaining battery: 54 %
  • Average consumption: 16 kWh/100 km
  • Average speed: 31.2 km/h

Question Refills

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The Opel Corsa-E plugs into the left rear wing, with a type 2 socket for alternating current, up to 7.4 kW in series or 11 kW optional at € 900 (on the Edition Edition finish Business only). For continuous current and fast load, up to 100 kW, there is a CCS combo socket. The cable to connect to a wallbox or public terminals (mode 3) is an option at € 249 for 7.4 kW or € 279 for a 11 kW cable. The one dedicated to domestic grips (mode 2) is provided in series.

  • On a domestic socket, the 46 kWh of useful battery capacity (50 kWh gross) require 28 hours* to be recharged from 0 to 100 %. It is better to provide higher power equipment at home.
  • On a 3.2 kW reinforced domestic outlet, you will need 4 p.m.*.
  • On 3.7 kW and 7.4 kW single -phase wallboxes, you will need approximately 3 p.m. and 8 a.m.
  • On a three -phase wallbox (three -phase electrical installation required) of 11 kW, you will need 5 hours*.

Without Wallbox of at least 7.4 kW, the wait can be particularly long in the event of a highly discharged battery. This solution is therefore to be preferred so that one night is enough to leave with the “full”.

Balance sheet

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It is possible to buy an electric vehicle without showing it, the Corsa-e is proof of this and it is not really surprising. The discretion of the city car follows that of the Opel in general, while remaining modern and well proportioned. Which can appeal to a large audience. The interior will be more suitable for those who prefer sobriety and simple forms or who do not bring too much importance to the superfluous. It is above all this interior that allows a slightly lower price than its competitors, another asset which will still appeal to other buyers. However, it is better to appreciate its classic atmosphere, because the prices are not that low. In short, the price of the electric. With the bonus and excluding options, they are between € 24,600 and € 30,350. Upper finishes do not really stand out for competitions on prices.

At least, she will be able to be comfortable as well as efficiency, in town as in a highway, in a versatile size. Its autonomy does not intend it to leave too far, the 337 km announced being only theoretical. With more than 280 km according to our estimates, it remains comfortable but still a little just when we have 356.5 kg of battery, bringing the total weight to more than a ton and a half. 50 kWh of capacity is a substantial figure which is paid on the scale and on the note, especially when we speak of city cars who could be satisfied with less autonomy.

With a lower radius of action, it would reduce its target to those who would find it relevant use but would at the same time become more competitive in the face of a thermal corsa today more versatile and much less expensive. As it stands, a Corsa 1.2 turbo 130 hp automatic transmission BVA8 GS Line is displayed from € 23,800 (not unhealthy) against € 26,650 for the Corsa-E GS Line, helped by the bonus of € 7,000 soon to be reduced to € 6,000…

Serenity rate: 100 %

When there is more battery capacity than its use requires it, we do not often reach the electricity reserve. The calculation of the sometimes pessimistic autonomy has the merit of reassuring before the stability of the figure displayed for all kilometers following the complete recharge. An inexpensive figure which is more, because always indicating a round value.

Electric Opel Corsa autonomy

How many kilometers can I travel with the Opel Corsa-E electric vehicle ?

The autonomy of the OPEL Corsa-E electric car is 337 km, with a single load, according to the WLTP standard.

Real autonomy can then depend on several elements: battery load level, the type of course (highway, city or mixed), air conditioning or heating, the weather, the elevation.

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50 kWh 46 kWh 337 km

OPEL CORSA-E autonomy simulator

Use the simulator below to estimate the autonomy of the electric vehicle Opel Corsa-E Depending on the different criteria offered:


Battery level
Air conditioning / heating


Highway (Moy. 120 km/h)
Strong rain or snow

The values ​​are calculated from WLTP autonomy. With this value is calculated the theoretical autonomy according to the selected criteria. Real autonomy is given as an indication and has no contractual value. This data is not provided by the manufacturers. More or less 10% error margin.

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