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Overall reader verdict 3 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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122 reader reviews for Vauxhall Corsa Hatchback.
  • 1.2i 16v SXi 3dr

    tim england , isle of wight . Date: 14/12/2014
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      40

    My car

    I bought my 1.2 SXi Corsa new in 2001. My previous long term car was a 2.8i Capri I owned for 8 years. I still miss not having the fun of driving it around, with it's rear wheel drive and V6 power. Over the last 13 years of owning and driving my Corsa I've been really pleased with it's reliability and all round capabilities. The 1.2 engine is it's best feature, free revving and responsive to the throttle. One of it's best features, even though it's a small car, is it has 5 seat belts (I've noticed a lot of newer small cars only have 4). I find my Corsa a quiet and relaxed car to drive with enough speed off the line in traffic and to overtake slower drivers when needed. Our other car is a VW lupo 1.0, the Lupo is not as nice to drive with it's heavy steering, bouncy ride and is very slow off the line at 14 seconds 0 to 60, the Corsa is 12 seconds 0 to 60. Our VW Lupo has had far more money spent on repairs over the years and has been less reliable. I might have been lucky with my Corsa compared to some of the other reviews here, but I can't help but think that some of the complaints come about from owners expecting too much from a small car that's never going to be a supercar, and a lot of reliability problems can be brought on by lack of regular servicing and a heavy handed driving style, if you rev the nuts off the engine it's obviously more likely to break than if you drive it gently. I'm 6'3 tall and the Corsa is great for headroom too!

  • 1.2i 16v Design 5dr

    Guy Hudson , . Date: 10/07/2014
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      44.8

    My car

    I had several off these 5 door 1.2 Design as a driving instructor. Ideal car for a novice, light and little distraction. Can take a massive beating on the clutch, suspension, brakes and gearbox and show no adverse defects. Sunroof open slightly on the motorway will give parents less to worry about as this car is unreasonably skittish at 70mph for a novice. An accomplished driver will get bored very quick. Only when you red line the revs do you get any sense of stimulation.

  • 1.0 12v Club 3dr

    Thomas Solomon , Surrey . Date: 25/05/2011
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      45

    My car

    This was my first car as an 18 year old male, so I needed something which was cheap to insure. I it is a 2005 model and at the time was of purchase 4 years old. I really would not recomend it as after just under 40000 miles the camshaft snapped breaking half the engine with it. this is a common fault and Vauxhall has since recalled this car model, stating that the camshaft bolts were not tightened enough. Unfortunately for me it had already broken. As you would expect vauxhall refused to pay the £1700 that I payed in repair costs. The good things about the car are that is it easy to park and the clutch is easy to learn if you are a new driver. Everything else is bad, the steering is a vague and has play in it. It is so loud at 70 you need to shout to have a conversation. And the car just rattles and feels like you are going to fall through the floor as you drive along.

  • 1.0 12v Club 3dr

    Jason Butler , West Midlands . Date: 07/02/2009
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I own a 2001 1.0L Corsa Club which I've owned for almost 2 years now. It's a pretty old car but I bought it on a strict budget, based on its reputation for being reliable and economical. It pretty much lived up to this - there have been no major repairs, only a replacement wiper rubber, and the handbrake needed tightening, which is pretty normal for an older car. I'm often amazed at how seldom it requires petrol. The foot controls are very smooth, the gearbox feels good, and it handles very nicely on the road. Certainly a perfect first-time car, great city car, spacious enough for my needs.

    The only downsides are it can lack power if I misjudge the gears, and end up struggling up a hill, whereas a more powerful car would probably cope. Then again, it's what you'd expect from a 1L engine, a 1.2-1.4 would be adviseable. Also the suspension bushes appear to be going, which isn't uncommon in this car (from what I've read), which creates a groaning noise at low revs. But they can easily be oiled, which sorts the problem for a while, eventually they'll need replacing, but the parts are inexpensive and it's a relatively simple procedure, shouldn't cost much.

    Overall, a good, reliable car which is pleasant to drive and economical to run.

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