The Opel Tigra is a sports car manufactured by German automaker Adam Opel Auto Group. Currently a subsidiary of American automaker General Motors, Opel was founded as a sewing machine maker in 1862 and moved on to bicycles in 1886. The company built its first automobile in 1899.
From 1994 to 2000 the Tigra was made to be a two-door supermini coupe. It first introduced as a concept car in 1993 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It shared the same platform as the Opel Corsa, although the interior and body panels were different. Opel shut down production in 2000 due to poor sales.
After a four-year hiatus, the Tigra was back in 2004 as a two passenger coupe convertible with a retractable hardtop, also based on the Corsa. The second generation Tigra was actually built by French niche auto producer Heuliez for Opel.
The Tigra is built more for fuel economy than interior comfort, with features at a minimum. The car, however, is fun to drive with good pick-up and handling and offers a quiet ride.
A new Tigra can run anywhere from about $22,500.00 to $28,000.00 US dollars. A pre-owned vehicle can be found for around $2,500.00 to $10,000.00 US dollars— depending on model year, mileage, and running condition.
Engine options include 1.3L CDTI Ecotec Inline-4 diesel, 1.4L Z14XEP Inline-4 gasoline, and 1.8L Z18XE Inline-4 gasoline.
The Tigra comes with either a five-speed manual or five-speed semi-automatic transmission.
Size and Space Options
The Tigra is a two-seat coupe with good head and leg room. The car also has decent cargo space in the boot.
Control Panel and Display
The instrumentation is clear and driver-friendly with a fuel gauge, speedometer, and tachometer. There are also steering wheel controls for audio and climate control.
The car is roomy and comfortable enough for longer road trips. The metal over fabric roof adds an extra layer of warmth during cold weather.
The Tigra is available in most markets barring North America. It is an affordable vehicle. Pre-owned cars are also widely available as well.
The Tigra comes with a standard anti-theft alarm system and remote keyless entry.
Standard safety offered by the car include front and side airbags, central locking, anti-lock brakes, stability control, emergency brake assist, and three-point seatbelts.
Interior features that the car boast include cloth-upholstered adjustable seats with leather trim, heated seats, stereo with CD player, tilt steering wheel, air conditioning, and power windows and locks.
Exterior features that come pre-fitted in the car include heated power side mirrors, front fog lamps, alloy wheels, body color bumpers, and retractable hard-top.
Accessories that come pre-fitted in the car include floor mats, cargo net, and a driver information center.
The car’s interior is rather bland but it is well-built with good materials. There are other models in its class and price range that have a slight edge here.
The Tigra is a fun sports car with a nice look, especially with the top down. It would make a good first car for students and younger people, due to its reasonable cost and size.
The car has a good price and fuel efficiency, so it will save you money at the gas pump. There are other models in the same class and price range that offer a bit more in the way of features and handling.
Overall, the Opel Tigra is a nice little convertible with a stylish look, but it falls a bit short in the features department. While it would make a good first car for students due to its affordability, its size prohibits the car as a family car. You must look around at other models before settling on the Tigra.