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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 Comfort 3dr

    dennis chandler , powys . Date: 23/02/2005
    • Overall 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I am talking about the 1.2 Corsa semi-auto Comfort model, with a 2002 reg. The car is generally fine to drive. But when left in auto mode, the gear changes are a bit odd in that the car slows between changes and you think the engine has cut out.

    It picks up again but spoils the acceleration, which is quite brisk otherwise. The engine is very quiet on tick over and also very smooth - no vibration whatsoever. It's much smoother than my 216 Rover. The ride is a bit firm but handling good. I think the power steering though is too sensitive and light. Braking is very powerful though and you have to be careful in slippery conditions. Overall a good and nippy small car.

  • 1.8i SRi 5dr

    Neil Hanham Date: 22/02/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I've owned the 1.8 SRi for five months and I've fallen in love. What Car? says that the 1.8 is 'potent'. It certainly is! Acceleration is exciting in all gears. You leave most cars behind when you pull off, only falling to the sub 8s.

    The car doesn't come with traction control as standard, which makes for a very interesting drive, but I think it would lessen the experience if you added this extra.

    Handling is very good and you feel like you are sticking to the road at all times. You get discs on the front and back, making for assured braking and red calipers provide a nice touch. 15" rims are good to look at and add to the car's appeal.

    Town driving has proved to be a little expensive, with trips to the petrol station every 230-245 miles.

    Motorway miles can extend this car's range to nearly 300 miles, though your eyes may begin to water as you watch the needle fall!

    The sound system isn't as good as my previous car, but is quite good none the less. A unique-fit radio means you will have to buy a facia to fit any new ICE.

    Overall the Corsa 1.8 SRi is a great car to own, and you get an envious glance from most people you pass!

  • 1.2i 16v SXi 5dr

    Sean Loftus , Isle of Wight . Date: 24/01/2005
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Having learnt in a 1.0-litre Corsa, I knew they were nice to drive before I purchased my 1.2 SXi secondhand.

    Official figures state a mpg of 45, which isn't bad. For my car this was a good choice.

    Standard equipment includes alloys, electric front windows, a CD player, stereo controls on the steering wheel, electric mirrors and central locking. I'd choose a Corsa over a Fiesta every time - it's a better looking car for starters.

    Even though it's a 1.2, it's still pretty nippy but to get top speeds you need to change gear at 4500rpm.

    Overall, I'm very pleased with this car and am now saving for a Audi A3 Sportback.

  • 1.2i 16v SXi 3dr

    Colin Moon Date: 24/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have had this car since July 2004 and have now covered 11,000 miles.

    During this time I have averaged 42mpg and have used only 1 litre of oil. The litre of oil was used during the first 7000-8000 miles and I am now finding that oil consumption to be almost nil.

    So far the car has not developed any faults or rattles etc. I have the five-speed easytronic gearbox, which works very well. The car also has air-conditioning.

    You can get some great discounts on the internet and if you have a GM card even more discount.

    Performance is fine although not as good as my wife's 1.6 Astra. I use the car on the motorway every day and it has sufficient performance for this type of work.

    I am very happy with this car and would buy another. I have owned several Vauxhall cars in the past and they have always been reliable and easy to look after.

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