2020 Opel Karl Review, Interior, Safety

Opel is preparing big changes. Eight vehicles will suffer big redesigns to make its appearance more attractive. Unfortunately for all lovers of subcompact segment, 2020 Opel Karl is not one of them. However, this model is not going to be discontinued. Minor updates will be available on the version for the next season. This tiny car will be perfect for city cruising. On the other hand, you can’t expect magnificent results on highways from a 1.0-liter engine.

We still believe the new 2020 Opel Karl will borrow some design solutions from its siblings. However, we will see it after the new Corsa, or Mokka X arrives. In the next 12 months, eight new models will be on the market. After these, the German carmaker will also launch Karl, Cascada, and Adam without big changes. All in all, this doesn’t mean the vehicles are going to be discontinued. These three are not at top of the priority list at the moment.

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2020 Opel Karl Engine

Under the bonnet of this small vehicle is a 1.0-liter engine with three cylinders. It is paired with a five-speed manual gearbox. Optionally, you can opt for an automatic transmission. An inline-three drivetrain is capable to produce 75 horsepower and 95 Nm of torque (70 lb-ft). Handling and fuel economy are definitely advantages of this small powertrain. Perfect for narrow city streets, you will be able to handle any problem you can find there. If that is not enough, City Mode will boost the steering. Well, outside the city the crossover reacts totally different.

Hybrid or All-Electric Vehicle in Future

Again, we go back to Opel’s plans for the future. Corsa and Grandland X are already getting plug-in hybrid variants. Two more models will get a similar system in next year or two. These are making more progress towards the full electrification. By 2024 these four vehicles will be EVs. On the other hand, other vehicles in the family will be getting either hybrid or PHEV versions. One of them could be 2020 Opel Karl.

2020 opel karl side view

Well, the small crossover is already economical. But, better range and lower fuel consumption are always welcome. But, since Karl is not a priority, its electrification will wait. The next generation of the crossover will definitely introduce the new engine. Still, we don’t know how soon Opel plans to make a redesign on the Karl crossover.

2020 Opel Karl Trim Levels, Options

The 2020 Opel Karl will carry over most of the options from its predecessors. The vehicle is available in Europe only, but not the entire continent. Also, the crossover is going to keep the dimensions – length 3,675 mm with a wheelbase of 2,385 mm. The width of the car is 1,700 mm and height 1,476 mm. Curb weight is 940 kg. Depending on countries, there will be different trim levels available for the 2020 Karl.

The shape of the crossover is very simple. We can complain about some lines on other models, including Karl’s close sibling Adam. But, this one is different. Alloy wheels are standard, 15-inchers. Parts like the grille, fog lights, and mirrors are showing the universal design language from other Opel’s vehicles.

2020 opel karl rear view


Cloth upholstery is standard, but higher trim levels will offer leather seats and steering wheel. The more you upgrade your 2020 Opel Karl, the more options and buttons will be there. Winter pack is a pretty cool upgrade, with heated seats. The moonroof is optional as well. So, with all options, the 2020 Karl can be an eye-catching model, although its size is not going to draw attention. There is room for five persons inside, but we are not recommending that. The subcompact car is tight for five adults. Well, two persons in the back will have enough headroom.


The safety is not a bright side of the 2020 Opel Karl. Well, neither subcompact vehicle can offer peace of mind of their larger siblings. We hope that German carmaker will work on safety for the next season. The current model is awarded 4 stars by NCAP. Visibility is not too good. Both A and C pillars are not so transparent. Opel could make them smaller to improve visibility.

2020 opel karl interior

2020 Opel Karl Future

Experts say that 2020 Opel Karl will be the last edition before the big redesign. Well, we still don’t know if the German carmaker is going to discontinue this crossover, alongside Adam and Cascada models. On the other hand, we believe that Opel will make a pause and bring the new generation in 2021 or 2022. The carmaker could bring it back as a PHEV or all-electric model.

In the UK, this crossover is better known as Vauxhall Viva. There are two trim levels available. Buyers will choose between SE, with or without air-conditioning, speed limiter, electronic stability system, and fog lights, and SL with leather interior, alloy wheels, moonroof, and a touchscreen display as the center of the infotainment system.

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