The Vauxhall Corsa is an excellent car for urban driving. Superb visibility, light steering and a smooth clutch making the car easy to park and throw around in the city traffic. However the petrol engine variant needs to be revved quite hard to get it to perform and the Corsa performs better at higher speeds. The Corsa is available with 1.1, 1.2 and 1.4 litre engines. The 16V larger engine delivers the best performance with 90 bhp and decent fuel economy of 39 mpg. For those looking for better fuel economy there are 1.7 and 1.8 litre diesel/turbo diesel engines on offer. However the diesels sound and feel a little raw and unsophisticated compared to their peers. Overall the Vauxhall Corsa provides a very easy and smooth ride but as a consequence drivers who like to be a little “closer to the road” may bemoan a lack of “feel”.
The main problem with the Vauxhall Corsa is the lack of room for passengers. Travelling fully loaded with 4 people is not a pleasant experience. Road and engine noise can also be a bit of a problem at high speeds. On the plus side the Corsa is very comfortable and well kitted out in most trim selections giving the interior a plush feel.
Whilst the trend amongst competitors has been to increase cabin space Vauxhall attempts to make amends with a relatively large boot space for a car of this size. The Corsa also comes with a split rear seat to add flexibility.
Expect to pay extra for what would be standard on competitor models. The basic Vauxhall Corsa comes with power steering but only one airbag. Even some supposedly higher specification models come without CD players and air-conditioning.
Safety & Security
As highlighted for Equipment, it’s the same story for Safety related items. Customers will have to pay extra for a passenger airbag, side airbags and ABS. However even without these extras, NCAP testing indicates that the Corsa is provided with a sturdy shell to resist crash injuries. Buyers concerned about theft will have to pay extra for deadlocks.
Quality & Reliability
Engine reliability and build quality are high as should be expected from Vauxhall. Buyers should expect durability and steady performance day in, day out. The exterior body is well put together and extremely sturdy. This contrasts a little with the interior which is not assembled to the same quality level.
Excellent fuel economy, low maintenance and low insurance costs make the Vauxhall Corsa a cheap car to live with. However new Corsa’s are sold in large volumes which means high depreciation compared to its rivals. On the positive side strong demand coupled with a reputation for durability mean that re-sale is not a problem.
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