Opel Tigra - car review

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The appearance in 1994 of the Opel Tigra was a very unexpected move by the company. Many experts were quite skeptical about Opel's risky decision to try their hand in such a narrow and specific market sector as the โ€œcompact coupeโ€. But Tigra was clearly a success, as confirmed by high sales ratings. The first generation Tigra was a coupe with a classic 2 + 2 passenger formula, dynamic appearance and good handling. In the role of the driving force are two engines of 1.6 and 1.4 liters. In a couple to the last engine you can order an automatic transmission. More common cars equipped with 5-speed gearbox. The interior is restrained and concise.

The seats are comfortable and at the same time allow quite impressive landing. There is little space in the rear seats, especially for passengers whose height exceeds 170 cm. Opel Tigra won the customers with its original memorable appearance, sporting spirit and reasonable price. In 2004, Opel introduced the second generation Tigra.

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The car is built on the platform of the next generation Corsa and as a result has some similarities with this model in technical terms. The novelty acquired a more aggressive look than its predecessor, and acquired a hard folding top, which was developed by the Heuliez atelier. Now the Tigra is not an easy coupe, but a coupe-cabriolet. The new Tigra is a sports double car with an electro-hydraulic folding steel roof, which consists of two parts, automatically opens and closes when you press a button in the cabin. This is done in 18 seconds using dense interaction of four hydraulic cylinders, five electric motors and eighteen contact sensors almost silently.

Actually, this roof design gave the TwinTop attachment to the name of the car. Due to its compactness, the roof retracts into the space between the backs of the seats and the luggage compartment (for most competitors, the roof hides in the trunk, eating its volume), while Opelโ€™s specialist managed to keep the luggage compartment volume at 440 liters (with the roof open) roof). The rear window is made of a special scratch-resistant material and is heated.

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The range of power units looks very familiar, as they were borrowed from the Astra 2004 model year. Two engines and both petrol, four-cylinder, 16-valve, equipped with catalytic converters and corresponding to the standards of exhaust standards Euro 4 - 1.4 TWINPORT Ecotec / 90 hp, 1.8 Ecotec / 125 hp are offered. For standard equipment, a five-speed manual transmission is foreseen, but with a 1.4 engine, an Easytronic sequential automatic can be ordered. Fuel consumption of a car with an engine capacity of 1.4 - 6.1 liters.

per hundred, with an engine of 1.8 - 9 liters. The exterior has similar features, both with its predecessor, and with other models of Opel, only these familiar features are presented in a completely new way. Tigra without a doubt can be characterized as the owner of a bright and catchy appearance. The front part is a trapezoidal chopped shape with a transverse chrome grille, as well as large air intakes in the bumper and linded ellipsoidal 3D cylindrical headlights. The interior offers new sport seats, a dashboard with chrome edging, as well as numerous aluminum details, giving a sporty character to the interior.

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The seats have good lateral support and a good range of adjustments, despite the limited space. A special charm is given to the interior space by two aluminum profiles connecting visually the center console and the floor tunnel. Tigra is available in three trim levels: Enjoy, Sport and Cosmo. The standard package includes power windows, electric mirrors, central locking with d / y, front fog lights, 4 airbags, ESP. For an additional fee, you can order alloy wheels, a CD player, an MP3 player, air conditioning, heated seats, and even individual tailgate trimming.

The car is great road holding at high speeds, which adds confidence to the driver. Compact, agile, attracting the attention of Tigra, has found many admirers.

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