The all new Vauxhall Corsa boasts two models 3-door hatch and 5-door hatchback. Our review is based on our own analysis of new Vauxhall Corsa and automotive critique reviews published online. UK born Vauxhall motors has gained good reputation in European vehicle markets. With the new Corsa, they decided to take it further on the roads. It is an economical car, low cost maintenance, good shape and adequate engines to satisfy performance oriented buyers. Unlike their earlier versions of cars, Vauxhall made a significant improvement in their quality and reliability. Hence, offering more comfort, space and bold exterior styling.
There are 103 trims to choose your favourite Corsa and it might be quite confusing for most buyers. However, the best option would be 1.3 litre CDTi that comes with ecoFLEX technology and a diesel engine. If you are a performance looking buyer, then there is 1.6 VXR Nurburgring 3 door option to provide nimble drive. VXR trims are fine tuned and they are separately reviewed as it is a sporty hatch. It is a perfect car for people looking to buy economical car with low running costs, good reliability and spacious interior. The resale prices are not good because of bad reputation about the vehicles, but remember it is not old Vauxhall with everything refined.
It is quite hard for Corsa to defeat the competition with cars like Audi A1, Ford Fiesta Hatchback, Volkswagen Polo Hatchback and Hyundai i10 hatchback. There is a long list of options to choose your car within the same class. You can find some luxurious hatchbacks, performance hatchbacks and sporty hatchbacks. Ultimately, the decision depends on market value of the vehicle and personal preferences. Vauxhall Corsa may fall behind the competition, but all the new improvements have made Corsa a worthy candidate among buyers.
Price may vary significantly depending on which modifications, engines or type you choose. The lowest price starts at £8,995 for Vauxhall Corsa Hatchback 1.0 ecoFLEX Expression 3 door and highest price of £22,295 for Vauxhall Corsa Hatchback 1.6 VXR Nurburgring 3 door.
Power & Performance
There is a long list of engines in Corsa to choose and all offer decent economy. The 1.0 litre petrol engine is the entry level trim with low running costs producing 60bhp. It is not anyway motorway cruiser because engine is slow. If you travel often out of the town, then you need to go for 1.2 litre engine, which produces 80bhp. In comparison with 1.4 litre engine 90bhp, the 1.2 litre is better because of similar performance. If you want to keep the ball rolling, then 1.6 litre turbo powered SRI model with 150bhp. The best choice is 1.3 litre CDTi engine with ecoFLEX version, which produces 75bhp. This engine is most economical to run with 104g/km of CO2 emissions and 71mpg fuel economy.
Vauxhall Corsa is overall a good handler and safe driving best describes the quality. It offers excellent road grip to give confidence to the driver. The SRI and SXi models have low ride height providing more grip in high speed corners. The overall performance and handling cannot be compared with Volkswagen Polo Hatchback. You can also choose between three types of transmissions types; the six speed manual gearbox with 1.3CDTi 16v SE and SXi plus 1.7CDTi 16v SE and Sri. Other trims have standard 5 speed transmission and four-speed automatic smooth transmission. You can also choose the five-speed easytronic available with 1.2i 16v.
Interior & Exterior
Vauxhall has improved interior materials and totally refined the Corsa providing comfortable and luxury interior packages. The smooth ride and comfortable interior makes the journey more pleasant. There is enough room to travel with four people without any hassle. However, the 3 door option is not good for more than two people. There is 285 litre of boot space, which is bigger than Ford Fiesta and folding down the rear seats makes it 1,100 litres. Corsa is full of interior features like a CD player, central locking, power steering, and electric mirrors. You also get satellite navigation system, stability control, and cruise control on higher level trims.
Vauxhall Corsa looks good on the road and it is perfect street car. Vauxhall also focused it as a perfect street car and most of the car reviewers couldn’t agree more. As said by Vauxhall “Car will always turn head on the road” and new 2011 model keeps the words. New Corsa features signature chrome bar having a new Griffin badge.
Safety & Reliability
Vauxhall Corsa is the safest car to drive with five out of five rating awarded by Euro NCAP for Adult Occupant Safety. It also received three out five rating for child protection and pedestrian protection. Corsa is not short in safety features with up to six airbags including front seat, side impact and curtain airbags. There is Halogen Adaptive Forward Lighting for making the drive safer and enjoyable. When you activate the turn indicators, extra cornering lights shine up to 90° left or right on junctions.
Vauxhall Corsa is covered with life time warranty or 100,000 miles. It is more than any other car manufacturer offering. For test drive and brochures, visit your nearest dealers for information.
eBest Cars Verdict
Corsa fall in tax band A – I and running costs are low too. However, auto insurance ratings are low for Corsa. The overall running costs are lower with good fuel economy and 1.2 litre engine offers performance and as well as low running costs. You can find good auto insurance on your new Corsa, but contact your car insurance company for exact group.
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