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Five-door Corsa unveiled

02 June 2006

This is the five-door version of the all-new Vauxhall Corsa, which makes its world debut at the British Motor Show in London this July.

The more family-focused Corsa goes on sale alongside its three-door sibling in the UK this autumn, and will probably cost about £500 more at around £8300.

There are some clever tricks up the new Corsa's sleeve. The boot, which has increased in size, can now take up to 1100 litres of luggage and is split over two levels.

The floor panel of the DualFloor system can be removed to provide a deeper boot or left in place for a concealed storage area. It can also be fitted vertically in the boot to stop shopping bags from sliding around.

Then there's the optional FlexFix system. Essentially this is a tray, which you can pull out from the rear bumper like a drawer. It carries two bicycles and retracts fully when not needed.

Besides folding down to create a large loadbay, Vauxhall hasn't said whether the rear seats can be manoeuvred like those in the Meriva, which can slide fore and aft.

The five-door version will be available with the same engines as the three-door car. Petrol engines of 1.0-, 1.2- and 1.4-litres provide 60, 79, or 89bhp, while diesel fans can initially choose from the excellent 69bhp 1.3-litre or the all-new 123bhp 1.7-litre engines. The 95bhp version of the 1.3-litre will probably be added to the range in due course.

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