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The Opel Tigra of the first generation, produced between 1994 and 2000, is a 2+2 coupe, while the one unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show in 2004 is a convertible roadster (TwinTop). The latter, which was discontinued in 2009, is the model we’re going to review.
Dimensions, Interior & Comfort
The Opel Tigra is 3,921 mm long, 1,905 mm wide (with mirrors included), and 1,364 mm high while the wheelbase is 2,491 mm.
The Tigra TwinTop is a two-seater, meaning there are seats just for a driver and passenger beside. Although the rear seats aren’t available, the car offers plenty of leg- and headroom in the cabin. Even exceptionally tall drivers can easily find a comfortable driving position in it. Faraway journeys by the Tigra won’t make you tired: apart from super-comfortable seats, the car’s riding quality is immaculate. Even when the roof is down, wind blowing in your face isn’t annoying but… but exciting.
Talking of the roof, the Tigra has the one made of metal, not fabric. It’s a very good solution as metal roofs are safer and help keep warmth in the cabin. Push a button and the roof will be automatically transformed in just 20 seconds.
The Opel Tigra has a capacious boot. Its luggage capacity is 440 litres with the car’s top covered and 250 litres with the roof lowered. Furthermore, there’s a 70-litre compartment behind the seats. Together, the Tigra’s luggage capacity amounts to more than 500 litres! However, the car is lacking in small storage compartments for a driver and passenger’s use inside the cabin.
Powertrain & Mileage
The Opel Tigra is powered by one of three engines coupled with either a 5-speed manual or EasyTronic automated manual transmission.
A 1.3-L CDTi engine is the only diesel one in the range. It can be paired with a manual transmission only. It was introduced later, in 2005, that’s why it isn’t built in the first Tigras. To tell the truth, this engine isn’t a good performer: it’s rather weak and ear-splitting in addition. It makes 70 bhp at 4,000 rpm and 125 lb/ft of torque at 1,750-2,500 rpm. However, if you’re looking for a fuel-efficient motor, it’s the best variant. It covers 61.4 mpg returning 124 g/km CO2. With the top speed 104 mph, it can accelerate the car to 62 mph in 15.5 seconds.
A 1.4-L petrol motor is a little more powerful: it generates 90 bhp at 5,600 rpm and 92 lb/ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. Still, it isn’t enough for performing other, more complicated functions except for taking you to a barber’s or grocery store. It takes it about 12 seconds to reach the 62 mph mark on a speedometer while its top speed is 112 mph. A Tigra equipped with this engine and a manual gearbox runs 46.3 mpg, with an automated manual – 47.1 mpg. It emits 145 g/km CO2 on average.
If you like driving really fast, consider a Tigra with a 1.8-L engine under the bonnet (a manual gearbox is the only available). Only this engine can satisfy your need for speed. It produces 125 bhp at 6,000 rpm and 122 lb/ft of torque at 4,600 rpm. You’ll speed the auto up to 62 mph in 9 seconds. Its maximum velocity is 127 mph. It returns 37.7 mpg emanating 179 g/km CO2.
The Opel Tigra comes in two trim levels – the standard and Sport. Additionally, the automaker introduced the Exclusiv and Sport Rouge special editions.
Standard Tigras, running on 15-inch alloy wheels, offer heated electric mirrors and electric windows as well as height-adjustable sports seats and leather steering wheel. Such models also come with remote central locking, tilt steering column, and sport suspension. An infotainment system is represented by CD stereo system and multi-function screen.
Sport Tigras use 16-inch alloy wheels, fog lights at the front, and aluminium pedals. There’s also a storage compartment behind the seats in them. You can also select the Leather package that adds heated leather seats or the Technical one that affords a driver information system and cruise control.
The Exclusiv trim level, which became available in the cars produced since 2007, is almost the same as the Sport with several innovations, though: 17-inch alloy wheels and scarlet leather furnishing. Sport Rouge Tigras’ roof is made of red fabric and wheels are 16-inch alloy.
The auto comes with front and side airbags, brake assist, and stability control. The Euro NCAP awarded the Opel Tigra four stars in the category of adult safety. Although it’s a very good result, it isn’t the best in the class. For example, the Peugeot 207 CC earned the maximum score of five stars. Obviously, it’s one of the spheres where the Opel Tigra shows its age.
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