As Opel continues to restructure its entire portfolio of vehicles, and readies 27 new models plus 17 new engines by 2018, the miniature 2016 Opel Karl arrives on scene to do battle in an important segment for European consumers.
As you know, European roads aren’t nearly as wide as American roads, to fit our big ‘ol trucks and chunky crossovers. This makes vehicles like the 2016 Karl very important, because, what we call a “city car,” they see as a perfectly normal choice for day-to-day transportation. That’s why the 2016 Karl’s starting price of €9,500 (including VAT in Germany) is a shot fired into the flooded European segment.
We could sit here and compare numbers all day but, once the sun sets, it’s all about the value created in the package. And the 2016 Karl offers plenty of it.
The sensibly-small Karl will arrive with the latest-generation 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine. This new Ecotec engine is derived from the same unit CAR magazine says absolutely delighted them in the 2015 Opel Adam, leading us to believe this engine will be buttery-smooth like the latter.
Careful consideration was taken in ensuring vibrations were subdued for the off-kilter cylinder count with a low-resonance construction for the block, a split oil pan and noise protected integration of the exhaust manifold in the cylinder head. Layman terms? It’s quiet, and won’t feel like a 1980s workout machine in your hands.
Technology and features are abundant in the 2016 Karl, and Opel has consistently paraded the fact many “upscale” features from more luxurious Opels have trickled down to the littlest from the brand. A new generation of Opel IntelliLink empowers Karl owners with many expected creature comforts, and will now offer the support of Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.
A few other notable features gracing the cabin at the low starting price are a heated steering wheel, heated seats, hill start assist and more. Not to mention, Opel OnStar will finally be riding along with 2015 Karl drivers to offer 4G LTE wireless, and exceptional safety coverage.
How’s that for a value proposition? Priced to move at €9,500, or only $10,434 USD, we think Opel has a hit on its hands.