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They have a number of significant shortcomings: the three worst models of the Opel brand over the past 10 years have been named

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No automaker in the world, even the most famous, can guarantee that each of its cars will become a standard of comfort and speed, and at the same time will be available to the general public of consumers.

All this is true for Opel, a brand that is considered a manufacturer of reliable and efficient cars, but at the same time has experienced many ups and downs over the past decade.

“Although they released some commendable models, there were also some that didn’t live up to expectations.”– writes Avtosota.

The publication’s experts reviewed the three worst Opel models of the last 10 years, taking into account their shortcomings reported by owners on various automotive forums, as well as specific figures such as power, dimensions, acceleration to 100 km, fuel consumption and sales statistics.


1. Opel Meriva (2014-2017)


The Opel Meriva, a compact MPV, has attracted attention with its flexible interior and practicality. However, it has been criticized for several shortcomings that have affected its universal appeal.



Power and performance:
The Meriva was equipped with relatively low-power engines, especially the base models. Lesser engines lacked the power needed for quick acceleration and highway cruising. For example, the entry-level 1.4-liter petrol engine produced around 100 horsepower, which was not enough for a car of this size.

• Fuel consumption:
Fuel efficiency was another concern for Meriva owners. Fuel consumption figures were higher than expected for a compact MPV. On average, it consumed about 7-8 liters of gasoline per 100 kilometers, which made it less attractive to buyers looking for economic options.

• Sales statistics:
The decline in Meriva sales reflected customer dissatisfaction. During 2014-2017, sales figures showed a constant decline, indicating that the model was struggling to compete in the market.

• Engine: 1.4 liter petrol engine
• Power: Approximately 100 horsepower
• Dimensions: Length – 428.8 cm, Width – 181.2 cm, Height – 162.0 cm.
• Acceleration (0 to 100 km/h): approximately 14 seconds

2. Opel Corsa (2014-2019)

The Opel Corsa, a popular subcompact car, has been criticized for various reasons despite its stylish design and compact dimensions.


• Interior quality:
Owners expressed dissatisfaction with the quality of the Corsa’s interior. The materials used in the cabin were perceived as being of poor quality, and the overall build felt less robust compared to competitors in the same segment.

• Acceleration and power:
The Corsa’s acceleration, especially in lower-end models, was lifeless. The base 1.2-liter gasoline engine lacked the power needed for quick overtaking and highway driving, which negatively impacted overall performance.

• Fuel consumption:
Fuel efficiency has been a concern for Corsa owners. Fuel consumption was at the highest level, as for a subcompact car, on average about 6-7 liters of gasoline per 100 kilometers.

• Engine: 1.2 liter petrol engine
• Power: Approximately 70-90 horsepower
• Dimensions: Length – 402.0 cm, Width – 173.6 cm, Height – 147.0 cm.
• Acceleration (0 to 100 km/h): approximately 12-15 seconds

3. Opel Insignia (2013-2017)

The Opel Insignia, the mid-size sedan, despite its elegant design and spacious interior, has faced problems due to various factors.


• Reliability issues:
One of the main concerns raised by owners was the Insignia’s reliability. Reports of frequent breakdowns, especially in the transmission and electrical systems, frustrated owners and raised doubts about the model’s longevity.

• Fuel consumption:
Fuel efficiency was a significant disadvantage of the Insignia. The car consumed a noticeable amount of fuel, averaging about 9-10 liters of gasoline per 100 km, which was higher than expected for a mid-size sedan.

• Sales statistics:
The Insignia sales trend showed a decline during 2013-2017. The decline can be attributed to reliability issues and increasing competition in the midsize sedan market.

• Engine: 2.0 liter petrol engine
• Power: Approximately 170-220 horsepower
• Dimensions: Length – 484.2 cm, Width – 185.6 cm, Height – 149.8 cm.
• Acceleration (0 to 100 km/h): approximately 7-10 seconds

As FACTS wrote, earlier auto experts named the three worst Indian cars.


Author: Ivan MOZGOVOY, “FACTS”

Source: Fakty

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