Thanks to the little five-door supermini MPV, the 2018 Opel Karl uses well the only 368 cm long: four adults traveling comfortable (in five, however, is the space in width). The trunk of Opel Karl, though, is not the widest. Especially in this version with LPG doughnut tank, which does not allow to use the compartment under the trunk floor: the stated capacity drops from 206 litres (itself already few) just 151. Conversely, traveling to gas do not lose almost anything in terms of performance. Well small “sacrifices” than simply halve spending on supplies. Also appreciable dodo Stazione: standard, in addition to 6 airbags and automatic “climate”, there are the Bluetooth Handsfree and the Teleassistance service Opel OnStar.
The short hood and sloping roof, the large windshield (good visibility front, not the rear) and the high roof give to Opel Karl looks from compact MPV. The Opel Karl moves agile in traffic and can comfortably accommodate four adults. The LPG system mounted on the House space in the trunk, but it steals cut costs for supplies: with gasoline to 1.474 euro/litre and LPG at 0.563 (national average prices during the test), according to our surveys, traveling to gas will spend an average of less than 4.5 euro every 100 km, against gasoline more than necessary 9. Nice savings, although on balance recover 1,500 euros extra cost of LPG system requires 31,000 km. If, instead, the fear is of losing performance, our tests confirm that differences in gas are really modest: the “thousand” triple engine remains sprightly if kept revved up, while only recovering somewhat disappoints (also in gasoline): the “0-100” is changed from 14.3 seconds 14.7 petrol with LPG, shooting from 40 to 70 mph in fourth gear from 11.0 to 11.3 seconds. To be a city car, the 2018 Opel Karl moves with some verve. Also the Steering, while slight maneuvering (particularly pressing City, which increases the power supply), it is precise in speed. About maneuvers, rear visibility isn’t great: best to opt for the distance sensors (optional), to “Save” the bumpers without protections. Among the options, even the alarm against involuntary lane exits, a rarity among the cars in this segment. For the rest, the Endowment is not bad: are standard Esp, 6 airbags (in Euro NCAP crash tests of 2015 the Opel Karl had gotten four stars) and the Teleservice Opel OnStar that sends emergency assistance in case of need and provides a variety of information, even to find a workshop, or a restaurant.
2018 Opel Karl Interior
Opel Karl plank, from custom shapes, can be mounted at the Center a screen of 7 “to manage the app of your phone Android Apple Car Play and Auto systems. Focusing our gaze on the inside mirror, you notice the OnStar system buttons (for Innovation): allows you as well to create a WiFi network that connects up to seven between smartphones and tablets. Too bad the service cannot match to a Navigator (not an option): you have to use your own mobile phone. Petrol/LPG switching button is to the left of the steering wheel, well integrated among other commands.
The cabin is airy (and well-finished) to be that of a city car: in four traveling comfortable, and the third passenger on the couch has a decent home for their legs. Of course, you have to shake a little. Good quality of artificial leather, cloth seats with height adjustment for the driver. OK accessibility, even at places behind.
2018 Opel Karl Trunk Capacity
The trunk is the core point of this LPG version. It is well finished, but compared to other Opel Karl, who already does not stand out for the carrying capacity, due to the presence of the “doughnut” of gas will lose more than 50 liters: the minimum capacity is about 151 liters. Not bad, however, the maximum: reclining sofa you get to 958 liters, due to the shape of the bodywork.
In town. In traffic (in testing the car has covered on average, gas, 11.6 km/l), the Opel Karl is really at ease: the clutch is light and pressing the City, steering wheel maneuvering with one finger. The panache is not missing, but visibility when reversing is not the best; However, using the rear distance sensors (optional) the small dimensions allow you to park without difficulty.
Out of town. Taking Rev up a thousand three-cylinder you remedy the poor shooting at low revs. In the mixed, this supermini does not disappoint the paths which alternate curves and straights (average distance measured, 16.4 liters with 1-liter of LPG), showcases a remarkable agility and precision. Adjusted brakes, while the stability control is sometimes only too ready in the intervention.
On the highway. For gains from code (consumption detected, 10.2 km/l) motor works well to 4000 RPM in fifth gear, but comfort is acceptable. Good stability in corners, while care must be taken to side wind: full body makes him feel a lot (as well as passing trucks, one senses the air buoyancy).
2018 Opel Karl Pros and Cons
- Habitability. In spite of only 368 cm long, this supermini provides enough room for driver and passengers. Even the rear ones.
- Room amenities. As standard, in addition to six airbags, automatic and hands-free Bluetooth “climate”, there is also a refined system of remote service Opel OnStar.
- LPG usage. Traveling to gas cuts costs for supplies. In addition, performance does not fall significantly compared to gasoline use.
- Trunk. Already the petrol has a wide trunk Karl. Here, there is also the presence of the cylinder that prevents the exploit the compartment under the bottom.
- Integrated browser. It is true that you can use your phone’s Gps, but an embedded system would be more practical, especially to exploit the potential of the OnStar service.
- Rear visibility. In reverse you see very little: the distance sensors help but must be paid for separately.